Echoes

Echoes

by Danielle Steel
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Echoes by Danielle Steel

Against a vivid backdrop of history, Danielle Steel tells a compelling story of love and war, acts of faith and acts of betrayal…and of three generations of women as they journey though years of loss and survival, linked by an indomitable devotion that echoes across time.

For the Wittgenstein family, the summer of 1915 was a time of both prosperity and unease, as the guns of war sound in the distance. But for eldest daughter Beata, it was also a summer of awakening. By the glimmering waters of Lake Geneva, the quiet Jewish beauty met a young French officer and fell in love. Knowing that her parents would never accept her marriage to a Catholic, Beata followed her heart anyway. And as the two built a new life together, Beata’s past would stay with her in ways she could never have predicted. For as the years pass, and Europe is once again engulfed in war, Beata must watch in horror as Hitler’s terror threatens her life and family—even her eighteen-year-old daughter Amadea, who has taken on the vows of a Carmelite nun.

For Amadea, the convent is no refuge. As family and friends are swept away without a trace, Amadea is forced into hiding. Thus begins a harrowing journey of survival, as she escapes into the heart of the French Resistance. Here Amadea will find a renewed sense of purpose, taking on the most daring missions behind enemy lines. And it is here, in the darkest moments of fear, that Amadea will feel her mother’s loving strength—and that of her mother’s mother before her–as the voices of lost loved ones echo powerfully in her heart. And here, amid the fires of war, Amadea will meet an extraordinary man, British secret agent Rupert Montgomery. In Colonel Montgomery, Amadea finds a man who will help her discover her place in an unbreakable chain between generations…and between her lost family and her dreams for the future—a future she is only just beginning to imagine: a future of hope rooted in the rich soil of the past.

With the grace of a master storyteller, Danielle Steel breathes life into history, creating a bold, sweeping tale filled with unforgettable characters and breathtaking images—from the elegant rituals of Europe’s prewar aristocracy to the brutal desperation of Germany’s death camps. Drawing us into a vanished world, Echoes weaves an intricate tapestry of a mother’s love, a daughter’s courage…and the unwavering faith that sustained them—even in history’s darkest hour.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307566423
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/25/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 27,513
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s book Pretty Minnie in Paris.

Hometown:

San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67

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Echoes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing and its not just about on person. Wonderful bok
Schnauzer-Mom More than 1 year ago
I was never "into" Danielle Steel at all, but a good friend, whose opinions I respect, told me that she had read "Echoes" and that it was very good. So off I went to Barnes & Noble, and purchased the book. I liked the way Ms. Steel interwove interesting characters with a piece of history. The characters were believable and I was able to feel sympathetic about them. Very good story with an ending I didn't anticipate but liked nonetheless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book i could not put it down, the love stories are good and you fall in love with them, but all the time stories of the war and the horrors people really went through. at the end you fine peace, and not knowing what happens to the mum and sister is quite true to life there must be millons of people who never knew. wonderful emotional book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steel is at her very best with this novel. You follow so many characters you can't see the the outcome until the last page. She hasn't been at her best in a long time but this story was wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down to save my life! How the past comes out time and time again in this book relate a lot to another one of Danielle's book's called Kaleidoscope. Also a very good book. All in all, this book is awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book kept me interested and then some. Smiles, Tears and all emotions engulf you into this book. Its hard to keep me into a book and this one did it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i had long given up on DS, but this book clearly showed me that she still has it in her to write good novels. i SO loved this book eventhough i would have preferred to know what happened to some of the important characters of the story. and like what some people commented on, when i got to the end, i had to check a few times if i was really at the last page of the book. just the same, i HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hurry it is at akh res 1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello! *a little black cat about six moons old walks towards the camp, she has bright amber eyes*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
( im ready to become a worrior but i dont know how this whole moons and stuff works... )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"my Mamas name is He<_>llstorm and my Papas name is Doomweaver"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We need to discuss the formalities of the pact clan. Meet at 'territor' res 8.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She padded in. "May I join and have a mate?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gatering tonight at territor res seven or eight!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Play around
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marsh- "Ok!" He meowed bounding away. <p> River- She woke up an her shoulder was better. She got up and watched over camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can be your mentor
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I thought this was good it made me cry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well ok good bye *the tom walked away*~skystorm
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I give this book 5 stars. I enjoyed every minute of it. I enjoy Danielle Steele books very much and have read most of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wrote last night it was not my fav... DS book. This was a great story, well told, so discriptive and the way so much history was woven in... beautiful! There were a few things I wish could have turned out differntly, but a good read. I WOULD READ AGAIN. As far as a DS read goes for me not my fav, still recomend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago