Author of Bell Forest, Water on a Sea Star, Silver Leaf, Murmuring Cove, Summer’s Keep, and Blue Saint
Want to escape for a while? Then come along with me and we’ll journey together into the fascinating land of Bell Forest.
Not everything in life goes as planned. After a painful rejection, Telie McCain decides to leave, moving alone to a wildly beautiful place along the banks of Mobile Bay. In this place called Bell Forest, she comes face to face with her greatest fear.
After the tragic loss of his wife, Michael Christenberry must accept the fact that things will never be the same. He is confronted with the self-reliant Telie and a family secret that threatens to destroy all he holds dear.
This is a story of the graceful weaving of two lives transformed by the Master of all.
What Readers Are Saying
Rhonda and I just visited Ireland. Wanted you to know the old Monasteries there were like bringing to life the structure you described in Bell Forrest (where the Priest lived)! I love the way good authors paint pictures in your mind and each one is your very own individual image! Keep up the great work!
~ David A.
“Oh to be at Bell Forest. Bell Forest is the most amazing book I’ve read in a while. From the 2nd page I felt as if I were Telie McCain. I actually wanted to be Telie McCain. Annie M. Cole has done an amazing, well written story line that will leave you anxious for the sequel to appear. When I finished the last page I was ready to go right into the next part of Telie’s journey amd hoping at the same time it doesn’t end with book #2. Annie, please keep this going. I am a big fan of Janet Evanovich series but now…move over Janet there is a new author in town and she will be something to watch for.”
-R. Steen, Tuscumbia, Alabama
“I am sad to say that I just finished the book, Bell Forest. Why am I sad? Because I didn’t want it to end! I enjoyed it so much. You painted a perfect picture of what was going on. Not TOO much and not too little. I am not one for long descriptions of the surroundings if it has nothing to do with the story. I could SEE the characters in my mind so clearly and SEE what was going on as if I were watching a movie. Every night I would read a few chapters before I went to sleep. There were a couple of nights that I didn’t want to put it down. So I really was sad to see it come to an end… Thanks…I LOVED Bell Forest!”
-T. H. Fell, Foley, Alabama
“I just finished Bell Forest this afternoon. Your story kept me enchanted from the first page and I was sad to read the last page! I didn’t want it to end! PLEASE tell me that you are writing the sequel?? I want to visit Bell Forest again soon and learn more about the characters you so cleverly created.”
-N. Shulman, Roswell, GA
“This is a Wonderful Book. It is hard to believe this is the Authors First. The vivid description of the characters, locations and homes made me feel as if I were there and knew them (or someone just like them). I found myself thinking, this would be a wonderful place to live. While reading this book, I felt relaxed but never bored. I could hardly wait to finish my day so that I could read more. Excellent Reading. Would love to read more from this author.”
– R. Hill, Sheffield, Alabama
“This is a great book! I feel like I know these people and I live in this town. The author tells the story in such a way that you can easily become part of the story. You can see the characters and places in your mind’s eye. It’s a great book to relax with. It is very hard to put down once you start reading. I couldn’t wait to get home so that I could see what happened next. Now that I am finished, I can’t wait until the next book to see what happens to the characters. I will definitely purchase her next book and the next and the next.”
– Brenda R. Phillips, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
“First of all, I am not much of a reader. It takes a lot to keep my attention in a book. I picked this book up one day and started reading, and I didn’t put it down until I finished. I couldn’t, I had to know what was going to happen next. It is so well written and flows so smoothly, it’s almost like you can see yourself there (or at least wish you were there). I can’t wait for the next book to come out. I will definitely be purchasing it!”
– J. Minor, Sheffield, Alabama
“Bell Forest is such a lovely read! Whether you are on vacation at a far off place or snug on your sofa at home with a mug of coffee, this novel is fun and heart warming. The plot keeps you guessing and the further you go the more you want to know how it all comes together. There is someone for everyone to warm up to with such a variety of characters. The story is about the lessons learned by Telie through her experiences, but it may even encourage the reader to rethink his/her own. Skillfully done Annie! I look forward to reading more from you in the future!”
~ Christian Fiction Writer, Alexis Rhae, author of “Thief of the Gallows”.
Message sent to Doris McDaniel (Collier Library at the University of North Alabama)
A while back, you sent me an email regarding Annie Cole coming for the book signing. I had not read her books; however, since you mentioned her I thought I would read one. I enjoyed it so much that I landed up reading all three books we have in the library and really enjoyed them!
Thank you for mentioning her, I would have never known what a treat her books were otherwise!
Lillian Akin, Degree Audit Coordinator
University of North Alabama
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