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Preview — All Is Bright by Sarah Pekkanen
All Is Bright: A Short Story
AN ORIGINAL SHORT STORY FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE NOVELS THE OPPOSITE OF ME AND THE UPCOMING SKIPPING A BEAT . . .
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...more
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I just finished ALL IS BRIGHT, having read the companion short story LOVE, ACCIDENTALLY yesterday. I love, love, love the companion shorts idea-- two separate short stories telling two sides of the same story.
I found Elise to be very sympathetic...a sweet girl who'd loved the same guy (Griffin) since they were kids. Her realizations that she didn't love him enough, or in that special way, made her even more likeable. After all, she gave up...more
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...more
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner with the...more
I recommended this for our bookclub. I felt really silly when I realized that my offering was a short story. On the bright side, it was an easy read! :)
A short and sweet holiday read that was perfect for the season. It was a simple reminder to treasure those who are near whether they are our true family or a new family that has surrounded you. I have a traditional family that I enjoy celebrating holidays with, but I also have an extended family of friends that I hold just as close throughout the year.
Love comes in many forms, and often, when we move on in our lives, it isn't the romantic loves we have left behind that we miss the most. All is Bright explores this, in a beautifully written short story, about Elise, who returns home to spend Xmas with her nan, and visits her ex-boyfriends family.
Internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen's newest book is CATCHING AIR. (May 2014, Atria/Simon&Schuster). She is also the author of THE BEST OF US, THE OPPOSITE OF ME, SKIPPING A BEAT, and THESE GIRLS. Sarah's linked free short estories, published by Simon&Schuster...more