Gail Priest is the author of the Annie Crow Knoll Trilogy and Eastern Shore Shorts. Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise debuted in 2013, and in 2014, Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset was published. Annie Crow Knoll: Moonrise was released on August 9, 2016. Eastern Shore Shorts will be release in April 2018!
Gail lives in New Jersey, and she and her husband have rented a cottage on the Chesapeake Bay for seventeen seasons. This cottage community and the surrounding area are the inspiration for the Annie Crow Knoll Trilogy.
Eastern Shore Shorts
The characters in this collection of short stories visit familiar restaurants, inns, shops, parks, and museums as they cross paths through the charming towns and waterways of the Eastern Shore. From a female barber who runs into an old flame to a man who’s held out for love for too long, and from a cranky dog trainer to a meddling mother-of-the-bride, these folks will make you laugh, cry, and cheer as they follow their hearts and their dreams.
Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise (Book 1)
Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise is a story of loss, grief, survival and the healing powers of friendship and nature. Annie is a strong-minded girl, who battles with her secretive mother to uncover the truth about her grandmother’s suicide. At nineteen, she goes against social convention and trusts and relies on Bo, her family’s African American friend and her surrogate father, as she struggles to save the fourteen summer rental cottages left to her by her parents. When the family legacy of depression emerges in her early adulthood, and Annie faces estrangement from her husband and young son, will she be able to embrace the love and acceptance that is offered by someone who has been there all along?
Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise is the first novel in a literary fiction series by Gail Priest. In this family saga, the ties that bind and tear us apart twine together the people whose lives are changed by Annie’s fierce determination and the beauty of her knoll nestled along the head-waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset (Book 2)
Return to Annie Crow Knoll . . . a place where people come to restore their spirits, heal their pain and reclaim their lives. Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset is the second novel in this literary fiction series by Gail Priest. In this family saga, the healing powers of nature, art, and friendship offer courage to those facing loss and grief.
Nate Bidwell blamed his mother Annie for his parents’ divorce. Buried hurts and resentments between mother and son make Nate reluctant to risk his heart when his childhood friend Beth Ann offers him her own. Instead, he allows himself to fall in love with the fragile and dependent June, and Annie’s opposition to their marriage reignites years of unresolved conflict with her only child. Nate swears that he will never return to Annie Crow Knoll, his family home on the Chesapeake Bay. Instead, he opens his dream restaurant in Manhattan and tirelessly works to build his career as a chef.
When near-tragedy strikes their lives, though, Nate is forced to return to the one place he hopes may save his wife: Anne Crow Knoll. There, surrounded by the love and support of his mother, their friend Packard, and Beth Ann, will Nate and June be able to face their doubts and fears about themselves, their marriage, and their future?
Annie Crow Knoll: Moonrise (Book 3) Can be read as a stand alone
Return once again to Annie Crow Knoll . . . a place to grieve loss, accept change, and rebuild a life worth living.
Breezy and Jemma, are world-class cyclists until violence at a race leaves Breezy with permanent physical disabilities and kills the man she loved. With her Olympic dream shattered, guilt and shame threaten to destroy her future happiness. Her sister Jemma escapes with only minor injuries, but the psychological damage she experiences shakes her self-worth, her Olympic potential, and her capacity to accept love.
The young women return to Annie Crow Knoll, their childhood home on the Chesapeake Bay, to heal and reclaim their lives, and with their parents and grandparents, struggle to make sense of life after this tragic and irrational incident.
Annie Crow Knoll: Moonrise, the third novel in this fiction series by Gail Priest, is a story about the power to reinvent life after surviving loss and trauma. (Can be read as a stand alone.)