Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise – Review and Book Tour

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Annie Crow Knoll-Sunrise is the story of a place where people come to restore their spirits, heal their pain and reclaim their lives.

Annie is a determined young woman who is left to run her family’s property after the death of her parents. Managing fourteen summer cottages with only the help of a family friend, she struggles to survive on her own. When she meets Drew, a young college professor, Annie thinks she’s finally found a love she can trust.

But years of conflict and pain destroy their bond and leave Annie alone again, unless she can find lasting peace and passion in the most unlikely arms.

In this family saga, love, loss and history twine together the people whose lives are changed by Annie’s determination and the magic of her knoll nestled along the head-waters of the Chesapeake Bay.





The first book in the Annie Crow Knoll series recounts a marvelous story of a young girl who is determined, brave, and strong. From the moment I met her in those first chapters, I loved her. She is the kind of character I want to be friends with; she is fearless. Her story takes you from her early years until middle age. It delves into many subjects like racism, post-partum depression, domestic violence, and family secrets.
The author provides a vivid backdrop to this story in the Chesapeake Bay. It is almost a character in the book. I could picture it in my mind, as the seasons changed and as Annie changed. The author used the culture of that area to make the story even more real.
There were so many great characters in this book. And the author made me love them and hate them. From the kind doctor who was so compassionate to Annie to the despicable people with racist beliefs, the characters were varied and genuine. Her best friend who loves Annie and is always there for her was a favorite of mine. The people in this book were authentic, flawed, and relatable. I enjoyed reading about their lives as time passed.
The crow was not only the inspiration for her nickname; he was her friend and I think much like Annie. He did what he wanted, he was daring, and he was a loyal friend. I adored the image of Annie and her crow biking around the Knoll.
The story took me along for Annie’s ride. She had to face difficult situations and she got through them with bravery and friends. She grew up. She fell in love. She became a mother. Things were not always easy, she didn’t always know what to do, and she sometimes did the wrong thing.
I cannot wait for the next book. I heartily recommend Annie’s story and it is one you won’t forget. It will leave an imprint on your heart.
I think you should have both red and white wine with this book. It’s a good long read so you could have white one day and red the next. A Sauvignon Blanc would be good and a nice Shiraz.


Gail Priest lives in New Jersey and summers in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and their cockatiel. In addition to writing novels, plays and screenplays, she teaches and directs in a high school performing arts program. She loves theatre, reading, birding and being out in nature

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  1. Thanks, Stacey, for hosting ANNIE CROW KNOLL: SUNRISE and for the wonderful review! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the book and the characters so much!


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