Echo from Mount Royal

Echo from Mount Royal

by Dave Riese


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Imagine you are 18 and fall in love with a handsome, wealthy young man. Your romantic dreams have come true – except his family hates you!

Montreal, 1951. Rebecca Wiseman, 18, a bright college student, lives with her working-class parents. At a local dance, she meets a handsome young man, but has little hope of seeing him again. When Sol Gottesman tracks her down and asks her on a date, her joy mingles with disbelief when she learns he is the son of a wealthy businessman.

Sol takes her in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce to the most expensive restaurant in the city, introducing Rebecca to a world of upper-class wealth and privilege. Rebecca is head over heels in love and believes her life is perfect.

But despite Sol’s outward charm, he lacks self-confidence and is mistrustful. He reveals the simmering conflicts in his family and his fears that his brother plans to drive him out of the family business. Rebecca, headstrong but naïve; wants to protect Sol and help him to stand up to the pressure from his family.

Soon after their engagement, a shocking family secret of child abuse comes to the surface. Rebecca tries to convince Sol that her love and support is all he needs. Shortly before their wedding, Sol disappears. Rebecca’s search to discover what has happened to him becomes even more desperate when she realizes she is pregnant.

"A bittersweet story of love and loss set in one of the most colorful cities on the planet in its film-noirish heyday." - Peter Behrens, author of Law of Dreams and The O'Briens.

2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award: Winner in the General Fiction/Novel category

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939166579
Publisher: Flying Heron Press
Publication date: 01/12/2015
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Born in 1946, I grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts. I attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, majoring in English literature. During my junior year, I studied English Literature at Oxford University and travelled in Europe. I wrote a travel journal as my senior thesis.

After graduating in 1968, I enlisted in the Air Force one step ahead of my draft board's kind invitation to join the army and travel to Vietnam. I married Susan, my high school girlfriend, during leave between tech school and my posting to the Philippines at Clark Air Base. During this period, I wrote poetry.

Discharged from the military in 1972 and despite my lack of computer experience, I was hired by Liberty Mutual Insurance to attend their three-month computer training course. I learned later that the major reason I was hired was my writing and communications background. An English degree can be a valuable asset!

I began writing short stories, a novel and a screenplay, but wasn't disciplined enough to produce much over the next 25 years. A job, a house, and raising two children took all my energy.

After 35 years in information technology, I retired from Massachusetts Financial Services in the spring of 2012. I sat down and had a long talk with myself. "If you want to publish a book, you'd better take writing seriously." In 2015, I published Echo from Mount Royal, a novel about a young woman's strange courtship in 1951 Montreal.

My wife and I moved north of Boston in 1974. Our daughter lives in Ireland with her husband. Our son and his wife are pediatricians in Rhode Island. We have four grandchildren.

Table of Contents


Part One

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Part Two

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One

Chapter Twenty-Two

Chapter Twenty-Three

Chapter Twenty-Four

Chapter Twenty-Five

Chapter Twenty-Six

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Part Three

Chapter Thirty

Chapter Thirty-One

Chapter Thirty-Two

Chapter Thirty-Three

Chapter Thirty-Four

Chapter Thirty-Five



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Echo from Mount Royal 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RedPolishedFrog More than 1 year ago
Echo from Mount Royal is a story about the kind of love that happens once in a life time, a story about how you can loose it without even being able to fight for it. The author Dave Riese leads the reader through a very romantic and dramatic journey that grabs you and doesn’t let you go until its end. The two story lines are perfectly interlaced in a completely captivating manner. The characters are represented in a truly realistic way. Two people with different social status but same feelings are trying to fight against all the class prejudice. That is not an easy job even for strong personalities like Rebecca, a young woman from a middle class family who has the chance to find her soul mate. But life is hard. And when the past returns with single photo taken decades ago the story revives again with all the emotions, feelings and questions that haven’t been forgotten.
Kathleen Short-Ridge More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a passionate love that is lost and the look back over life at roads taken. A look at a young love and power it can still have 60 years later. What I liked about this book was the way it held your interest with the characters and plot. You can see yourself in the leads position as you hear her story about a love that was lost due to parents intervention. You feel the love she has for this shy man that is slowly coming out of his shell and learns to love her in return. You can see why he is shy when you hear his story about abuse. You are angry with her when his parents and brother are jerks. Not a lot I can say about what I did not like. There was some swearing but it was minimal and well placed. I did not like that there was French language in it with no subtitle as to what was said. For those of us that do not speak French it was a bit trying. I would recommend this to my friends. It is an adult read because of some of the content though. A very strong 2
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that ECHO FROM MOUNT ROYAL by Dave Riese is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite There is a story behind every photograph, especially a photograph of a lovely young girl standing on top of Mount Royal. Pierre knows this. He was part of the search and rescue team who searched the crash site of a passenger plane. That's where he found the photograph. He thought he recognized the young girl, but it didn't come back to him right away. Searching the passenger list of the downed plane, Pierre is able to deduce the identity of the girl, someone he met years ago at his family's cottage, someone who at the time was engaged to a friend of his, one of the passengers on the doomed plane. Echo from Mount Royal is a tragedy. It's Rebecca's story; she's the young girl in the photograph. She doesn't know about the photograph's discovery and it's not until her grandson leads her through the confusing channels of the internet that she unravels a past that she would have wished to leave in the past. It's a love story, a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and how the pattern of one's life can change dramatically in just a blink of an eye. For Rebecca, this dramatic change was almost her undoing, as she came to realize that, "One cannot escape life. Whatever happens, one must endure." Author Dave Riese has written a very moving romantic tragedy. His story begins almost like a memoir, a creative nonfiction story about a real person's life. Two stories overlap; Pierre, the search and rescuer who discovered the photograph in the wreckage of a passenger plane, and Rebecca, the romantic young girl who innocently treads a path towards heartbreak. The story is well paced as it grips the reader right from the beginning. A well crafted story.
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
"Echo From Mount Royal” is the first book I’ve read from author David Riese but I certainly hope it’s not the last. He has a gift for writing descriptive, authentic, compelling scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, inside Rebecca and the other characters’ heads, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many other authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative, but instead like a new niche of romance/drama that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion). More than the romance angle was the character development that happened throughout the entire novel that took us on an emotional roller coaster. Opened my eyes to how narrow minded people can be, especially back then (in the 50’s) with regards to who is okay to date/marry, and the stronghold that religion can play. Highly recommend for fans of literary fiction/romance.
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
wow, his book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing, but it did take me a few nights. Within the first few pages we are intrigued by the mysterious photograph and then transported back in time to where it all began… I particularly enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were well-crafted and original, and the themes of prejudice, love, and just overall challenges in life were handled with respect and felt authentic, not like contrived drama often used to sell books. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill love story, but still real, poignant, and moving. The characters were all fleshed out and fully realized, with much more complexity than I see in a lot of books these days. I’d love to read more from this author!
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book, much more than I expected to. It was almost like a cross between a Nicholas Sparks and a Pat Conroy novel (except it is set in Canada in the 1950’s). The writing is easy to get lost in, and flows seamlessly from one scene to the next even when talking about rough subjects/situations… (and there are some here…) . . I liked how the author used the plane crash to both open and close the novel, as this gave us a sense of things really coming ‘full circle” This novel is broad in themes and isn’t just a simple romance novel, but that element is definitely present. It is a study of life and people and overcoming odds, prejudice, abuse, and relationships, how they can affect your life for better or worse. I was almost in tears at a few points and loved that the characters were flawed, and so human. Relatable and real. I really hope that David Riese writes more books in the future. I’d love to read them.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
"Echo from Mount Royal” by David Riese is by far one of the most engaging and best-written novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and absolutely loved the author’s vivid use of description of the different scenery and locales, and his attention to detail, especially with the characters and the time setting. This is so much more than just a “romance” story - it is a story of a life, and overcoming adversity despite the odds. There are some shocking twists, some taboo revelations that complicate things further. The ending was bittersweet and satisfying, and probably not what one would expect from a typical romance novel. But then again this book was definitely not typical. Pick it up today … you won’t regret it!