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All Is Bright: A Short Story

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  810 ratings  ·  95 reviews


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

Kindle Edition, 47 pages
Published (first published December 21st 2010)
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I obviously knew that it was a short story, but I didn’t anticipate how short it would be. Since “All is Bright” was just a few chapters, I am going to aim my review more at Sarah Pekkanen rather than her story. I am impressed how rich of a history and backdrop she could paint with so few words. Only a few pages in, I was pulled into the life of Elise, the main character. Elise exposes us to a rage of emotions that made me feel immediately sympathetic to her situations. A delightful and funny ca ...more
Caitlynn Day
This was an extremely short story, but I enjoyed it for what it was. I was feeling a little down and thought a quick read would help me feel better and this was perfect, even though this isn't the normal kind of thing I read. This short story made me smile and it was definitely a cute read.
Jun 12, 2011 Bella rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I really enjoyed the writing style of this author and appreciated the short story format. I used to read short stories all the time in high school and college (English major), but in my adult life, I've gotten out of it. This story was perfectly done and made me want to read more from this author. I love that Kindle offers these little snippets for 99cents.
Christina Creevy
I'm giving it three stars, not because I didn't like it, but because it barely felt like a story, even a short story which is what it's billed as. It definitely wetted my appetite to read more by this author, but reading this really felt like I had just read the Kindle sample freebie.
This was a very, very short story - more of lure to get you to read two samples of her forthcoming book. Nonetheless, it was a nice little story, and I'm sold on reading her next book. So, mission accomplished, Ms. Pekkanen.
Great short story. Wish it was a full book, left me wanting more.
Lauren (My Expanding Bookshelf)
I really enjoyed All Is Bright. It was truly a lovely little story to read. My only problem was that it was so short - it only took me around 20 minutes to read. I wanted to know more about Elise and her past with Griffin.

The premise of the story is very real. A woman returning to her home town to spend Christmas with her grandmother. Something everyone will probably experience at some point in their lives. Elise is just unfortunate enough to run into her ex boyfriends mum.

I absolutely loved Eli
Elise and Griffin were a couple for fifteen years, but Elise just couldn't bring herself to marry Griffin. Eight months after the childhood sweethearts broke up, Elise visits her hometown of Chicago for Christmas. She runs into a familiar person in the grocery store: Griffin's mom, Janice. After being invited for an evening of eggnog, carols and food, Elise begins a walk down memory lane. It is filled with warm memories of Griffin, but mostly of Janice's motherly ways. Elise begins to wonder if ...more
Colleen Turner
I am usually not a huge fan of short stories but when I recently got a Kindle Fire and saw how many great authors have short stories to inexpensively download I thought I should give a few a try. When Sarah Pekkanen announced on Facebook that she would be giving away her new short story, Love, Accidentally, to her fans as a Thank You I was really excited. Since All Is Bright is a prequel of sorts to Love, Accidentally I thought I would go ahead and buy it and read it first. I am SO glad I did!

Judy Collins
I adore e-short stories! Sarah is a wonderful author (I just discovered with her new book “The Best of Us” (a 5 star), which I read first, so diving into reading her other previous books. (I usually start with new ones which pull me into the author and then start backwards).

Being in the online media world, front covers are a big draw as well as reading works of my favorite authors---especially with e-books, as the crisp colors are so appealing since you do not have the typical print front cover
I enjoyed this SHORT story, it gave me plenty of insight to realize I enjoy Sarah Pekkanen's writing.

This is a short story. I read Love, Accidentally before I read this short story. This short story is from Elise's point of view. The two short stories can be read together. I liked reading this from Elise's point of view.

Important to me, after reading this short story, I know I enjoy Ms. Pekkanen's writing style and will happily read other books of hers.
Freda mans
It ended way too soon for me. That is the bitter part. The rest was super sweet.
I like the characters, and have a feeling we are set up for the next book to be spectacular reading. You just know everything has to come together, though nothing but questions were raised in this one.
I feel like I can't wait for more, I just have to know if she stays or goes. Does she come back and get the guy or let him go?
Yup, I'm hooked.
Julie Barrett
All is Bright by Sarah Pekkanen
What first attracted me to this book is the cover with snow and a woman just sitting enjoying the quiet of the snow falling.
Have read and enjoyed Sarah's other works.
This one is about Elsie and she's home to tend to her grandmother because her father and his new wife are traveling and it's Christmas and she doesn't want her to be alone.
Griffin and her had dated many times over the years and when they broke up she was more sorry to end it with his mother than him.
Kristel Villar
I gave this story 3 stars not because of the quality, but because of its length. I love the premise and I already expected it to be short, but I was surprised by how really, really short it was! When I reached the ending, it was like someone snatched a paperback from my hands. It would have been better if it was longer, because the connection I had with the characters was fleeting, like a stranger you met on transit. I enjoyed reading Nana and the her friends, though. Still a nice read for a fre ...more
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 cha ...more
Hana Bilqisthi
i am shocked jakarta and indonesia mentioned :D
i like the story because i can related to main charater

my fav quotes:
I wanted him to find someone else, partly because then I wouldn’t feel so guilty, but mostly because he deserves to. So why am I conflicted about it? What’s wrong with me?
Ima Vee
It is shorter that I expected and I actually found myself wanting more but the truth is, the lesson is already there in this very short story. The plot is totally relatable to everyone living away from home. A touching story of coming home, moving on and being hopeful.
Elise returns to her hometown for a melacholy Christmas following a recent break up with a high school sweetheart. Emotions run high in this short story. I especially enjoyed Elise's Nana and her friends at the assisted living facility.
Very enjoyable Christmas-themed story that was not your usual holiday romance. Well-written too, which is what I expected from this author. There is a companion story from another point of view that I'll have to read as well.
This was such a sweet, short read. Those grannies were funny.
God, I feel the love; family, friends.

And most importantly..I think I read this at the right time. I'm having a rough time as well and I am trying to figure everything out, just like the main character is. Although, who isn't right? But in this case it is the fase we have to go through when we reach that age.

Truly loved it.
Angel **Book Junkie**
I have to agree with many of the other reviewers this book is so short I am having a hard time writing anything about it. While I cannot truly, rate the book because at 34% on my Kindle, it was complete and I was going in to other stories. Moral of the story is Elise and Griff high school lovers. Elise goes home visits nana and Griff’s mom Janice. Griff has excited new. Elise wonders if she should have stayed with Griff just to remain close to the mother. (I feel like I just copied the blurb). W ...more
This short story was too short and as such, removes the element of empathy for the character Elise. The story ended too abruptly and did not answer the questions relating to her actions in Love, Accidentally (the previous short story). The character needed further development for me to care about her emotional being and situation. For instance, what happened to her parents? Why is she so attached to Griffin's mother? What happened when she left the restaurant for a drink with Isle in the first b ...more

This story was so short,
it was shorter than an Amazon Kindle sample.
When I purchased this story,
"short story" was Not in the title.

It was well written but for the length of it,
it would be a sin not to be structurally and grammatically sound.

In addition to the story being challenged in length,
it was also Depressing.
The narrator is lamenting during the Holidays over lost love
or rather, the love who "got away" and who has "moved on".

I am not sure what I expected before reading the story
feel a bit of a cheat marking this as read because I downloaded it from the play store...but half/some/most of it is missing?!! bit I read was good though!
Christine Go
Wow. Too much emotion for such a short story. I wish the author had written this into a book and give a proper ending for Elise.
Christina Anthony
Very poignant and touching short story. Although I wish there was more to the story, it was still very beautiful.
Aww man. That was way too short. I was getting into it and it ended. I liked it. It was a great little story.
Beautiful short story. This kind of story hits close to home. Many laughs and tears, definitely a new favorite!
Read, Run, Ramble
I'm having a hard time articulating a review on this one. What content was there was good, but even for a short story it seemed...well, short. I don't read a ton of short stories, but when I do I tend to like the length and amount of story/details in those such as After Sunset by Stephen King or Ford County by John Grisham. The stories are short, but you get to know the characters a little bit. I was pleased with the end surprise though it did seem abrupt.

I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner with the
Tracy Kelley
it was short but was interesting. wished it continued it left me wanting more.
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Internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen's newest book is THINGS YOU WON'T SAY (May 2015, Atria/Simon&Schuster). She is also the author of CATCHING AIR, THE BEST OF US, THE OPPOSITE OF ME, SKIPPING A BEAT, and THESE GIRLS. Sarah's linked free short estories, publi
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