Saturday, November 16, 2013

All is Bright By Sarah Pekkanen

Title: All is Bright
Author: Sarah Pekkanen
Published: December 2010
Pages: 37 pages
Format: e-book novella 

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Thirty-year-old Elise Andrews couldn't bring herself to marry Griffin, her childhood friend turned sweetheart, so she let him walk away. Eight months after their breakup, she arrives in her hometown of Chicago on Christmas Eve and hears a voice from the past calling her name in the grocery store. It’s Griffin’s mother, Janice, who invites Elise over for a neighborhood gathering of eggnog and carols. 

Walking into Janice’s house sends Elise tumbling headlong into memories of her relationship with Griffin—and with Janice, who exudes the kind of warmth Elise ached for after her own mom passed away when she was six. But Griffin has moved on, and suddenly Elise doubts her decision to give him up and lose her chance at being folded into his wonderful family. Confused and reeling, she goes in search of an answer to a universal question: How do we say good-bye to people we've loved without losing everything they've meant to us? 

Heartwarming and witty, All is Bright is a charming story about coming home for the holidays and finding gifts in unexpected places

All is Bright was an impulse download. It was free and Christmasy so I thought why not?. This was such a great little story! There where parts I read aloud to anyone who would listen because I liked them so much. Even though this is a short story, only a few chapters, I loved the characters! I felt for Elise and her situation, I can totally relate! I got a kick out of Nana and her friends and I may heart went out the sweet Janice. I can’t say too much about the story because it’s only a few chapters and I don’t want to give anything away.

Basically if Sarah Pekkanen can do this with a short story, I can’t wait to read one of her full length books, which I have already purchased. Review of These Girls coming soon J


About the Author:
"Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin will strongly appreciate this rising star in women's fiction." - Library Journal.
Internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen's newest book is THE BEST OF US (April 2013, Atria/Simon&Schuster). She is also the author of THE OPPOSITE OF ME, SKIPPING A BEAT, and THESE GIRLS. Sarah's linked 99 cent short stories, published by Simon&Schuster exclusively for ereaders, are titled "All is Bright," "Love, Accidentally" and the upcoming "Beginning Again." 
Sarah is the mother of three young boys, which explains why she writes part of her novels at Chuck E. Cheese. 
Sarah penned her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, at the age of 10. When publishers failed to jump upon this literary masterpiece (hey, all the poems rhymed!) Sarah followed up by sending them a sternly-worded letter on Raggedy Ann stationery. Sarah still has that letter, and carries it to New York every time she has meetings with her publisher, as a reminder that dreams do come true. At least some dreams - Brad Pitt has yet to show up on her doorstep wearing nothing but a tool belt and asking if she needs anything fixed. So maybe it's only G-rated dreams that come true. Other tidbits about Sarah: She was once rejected as a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune." She wrote an article for People magazine on a parrot psychologist. In college, she worked as a model and as an extra on the set of Hollywood movies. Her website is and please friend her on Facebook!

~From Goodreads