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Echoes
Echoes
Author: Danielle Steel
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780440240785
ISBN-10: 0440240786
Publication Date: 9/27/2005
Pages: 464
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 101 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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If you love Danielle Steel, this is a terrific book as all hers are.
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I have been reading Danielle Steele for years.. I stopped after awhile, because sometimes they stories seem to be cut from the same cloth. So it was with great reserve that I bought this. I really am glad this is out of her comfort zone a little. Historical settings, great story line I really did enjoy it. So if you, like me grew up on Danielle Steel, and needed a "break" this is a great book to come back to.
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I have always been a big Danielle Steele fan and this was another great story. Like all of her books there is love, tradgedy, healing, and happiness. Her characters are all very real and likeable that is why I keep reading her books.

Hilda
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I really enjoyed this book and hated to see it end. This book tells about some of the atrocities that the Jewish people went through during Hitler's regime.
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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 eldes daughter Beata, it was a time of awakening. By glimmering Lake Geneva, the quit Jewis 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. As the two build a new life together, Beata's past would stay with her, and when Europe faces war once again, Beata must watch in horror as Hitler's terror threatens her family-even her daughter Amadea, who has taken on the vows of a Carmelite nun.
As family and friends are swept away without a trace, amadea is forced into hiding. Thus begins a harrowing hourney of survival, first in the Nazi death camps, and then as she excapes into the heart of the French Resistance and finds a renewed sense of purpose. In the darkest moments of fear, Amadea will fell her mother's loving strength as the voices of lost loved ones echo powerfully in her life. She will meet an extraordinary man, British secret agent Rupert Montgomery, who will help her discover her place in an unbreakable chain between generations....and between her lost family and her future.
From the elegant rituals of Europe's prewar aristocracy to the brutal desperation of Germany's death camps, Danielle Steel draws us into a vanished world, weaving 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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A book that is hard to put down. 1915 has never been so real.
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A mother's love, a daughter's courage and their unwavering faith! Another great read by Danelle Steel!
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Love this book. Not like a regular Danielle Steel book...I enjoyed the historical context and setting it takes place in.
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Really loved this book of Danielle Steel. Its against a vivid backdrop of history. a compelling story of love, war, acts of faith and acts of betrayal and the three women as they journey through years of loss and survival
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Steel presents a compelling tale of love and loss, set during World Wars I and II. At novel's beginning, it is 1915, and Beata Wittgenstein, daughter of a German banker, falls in love with Antoine de Vallerand, a French aristocrat. Because Antoine is Catholic, Beata's enraged father expels her from the family, proclaiming her dead. Beata moves to Switzerland, marries Antoine, converts to Catholicism, and has two daughters. The two live happily, despite missing their families (Antoine has been cast out of his family for marrying a Jew). When they move back to Germany, Beata establishes contact with her mother, who relates her fears for the increasing persecution of the Jews under the Nazi regime. Beata, who has lived as a Catholic for nearly 20 years, feels she is safe--in fact, her daughter, Amadea, has taken vows as a Carmelite nun-- but she watches in horror as her family members are shipped off to concentration camps. Readers will enjoy the multigenerational love stories and the historical plot
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By the glimmering waters of Lake Geneva, 1915, quiet Jewish beauty Beata falls in love with young, Catholic, French officer.....
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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 elder daughter Beata, it was a time of awakening. By glimmering Lake Geneva, the quite Jewish beauty met a young French officer and fell in love. Knowing that her parents would never accept her marriage to a Chtholic, Beata followed her heart anyway. As the two built a new life together, Beata's past would stay with her, and when Europe faces war once again, Beata must watch in horror as Hitler's terror threatens her family-even her daughter Amadea, who has taken on the vows of a Carmelite nun.
As family and friends are swept away without a trace, Amadea is forced into hiding. Thus begins a harrowing journey of survival, first in the Nazi death camps and then as she escapes into the heart of the French Resistance and finds a renewed sense of purpose. In the darkest moments of fear, Amadea will feel her mother's loving strength as the voices of lost loved ones echo powerfully in her life. She will meet an extraordinary man, British secret agent Rupert Montgomery, who will help her discover her place in an unbreakable chain between generations and between her lost family and her future.
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I really enjoy this book. I am not a big fan of her novels.
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another Steel suspense great reading
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It took a bit for the book to hook me but once it did it was a great read.
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This is especially interesting for history buffs who are also romantics.
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I could not put this book down for the day and a half it took me to finish it. One of the best story's she has wrote!

The story starts out long before a Nazi invasion, and continues untill it's done. About a woman who faces contreversy, love, loss, and family anguish. It is such a great book!
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This was an excellent book. A fast read. One of Danielle Steel's better stories.
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This has to be one of Danielle Steele's best books-I couldn't put it down!
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"Echoes" has an interesting setting and the plot moves along fairly well. That said, one major draw back of this book is lack of research by author. She selects a topic and does very little to understand the intricacies of the subject matter.
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Danielle Steel is always a fun read. I really like all her books.
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Echoes had some interesting ideas. It was a bit depressing.
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In 1915, Beta is the eldest daughter of the Wittenstein family. She fell in love with a young French officer.She was Jewish and knew her family woud never accept her marriage to a Catholic.
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This sat on my shelf for years before I read it. I am sorry I let it collect so much dust..it was a wonderful read.
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Another great book by Danielle Steele, I don't think I've ever read a BAD Danielle Steele book.
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, but full of interesting details regarding the Holocust. The only thing that I didn't like is that she left out a big part (to me at least) in the ending.
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This is a love story like no other. A beautiful Jewish woman and a French officer find love and are rejected by family. Full of suspense, love, romance and the results of war and German death camps. The struggle of a family and their encounter with fate.
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I loved this book because of it's connection with WWII. I love Danielle Steel books and I also am very interested in the Holocaust so this book was one of my favorites from Danielle Steel. The book shows a lot of emotion and details of the historic event and will definitely make you feel the sadness of the events that happen. This is a book anyone that loves Danielle Steel should read. It has her same style of writing but something that sets it apart from her other books.
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I loved this book. It's a piece of histroical fiction through the eyes of a young child. I stayed up nights reading.
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In 1915, the Wiggenstein family was highly prosperous up until the reign of the Third Reich during Hitler's leadership of Germany. The eldest daughter, Beata discovers true love by the glimmering shores of Lake Geneva. The quiet Jewish beauty meets a French aristocrat; they marry against their respective families'wishes. Beata's Orthodox Jewish family "sit Shivah" for her and her father officially declares her dead upon paper. The young couple build a life against all odds, braving trials that shrivel the soul. Under HItler's terror, Beata will lose everything she holds dear. Amadea, Beata's oldest daughter is cloistered in a Carmelite Nunnery, yet not even she is safe from the Gestapo and the Third Reich. Beata's daughter will lead an extraordinary life that will help many and cause you to be captivated by this story, which is also quite historically accurate and breathtaking. From the elegant rituals of Europe's pre-war aristocracy to the brutal desperation of Germany's death camps, the author draws us into these past world events to tell the story of a mother's love, and a daughter's great courage.

A history buff will appreciate the accurate historical detail and mention of the French and English Freedom Fighters.
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Another one of Danielle Steel's that I found the characters, mainly the main character's love interest, to be too perfect and unrealistic; however a great story for romantics.
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What a great story by the popular Danielle Steel! Fabulous and a real page-turner!
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Danielle Steel has done a wonderful job creating a work of fiction with history & romance. I finished this book in 3 days & enjoyed every chapter thoroughly.
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Anything Steele writes is a good read.
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This is one of Danielle Steel's better books.
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Wonderful book. Very moving.
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In this gripping historical panorama of three generations of European women, Danielle Steel departs from her usual subject matter without betraying her gift for close portraiture. Echoes traces the Wittgenstein family as they cope with two world wars; romance and personal tragedy; religious and social pressure; and the rise of Nazism. Beata Wittgenstein is a youthful Jewish beauty whose love for a French army officer compels her to defy her parents and abandon her faith. She raises her daughter, Amadea, as a Catholic; when she is a teenager, Amadea takes vows to become a Carmelite nun. But, during the years of the Third Reich, not even a convent can offer her sanctuary. As family and friends are swept away without trace, Amadea retreats into hiding, eventually joining the French Resistance.
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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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A good Danielle Steel read!
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Danielle Steel's books always seem so sad. Really good, but sad. I guess they're good for a catharctic (sp?) cry. This is a book about a Jewish woman who falls in love with a French Catholic in the first World War. Even though it's sad, it is really well written. Danielle Steel knows her love stories!
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believable story of courage. Danielle Steel at her best
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An interesting book, Daniel Steele takes us on a story through at least two generations of mother and daughter and their stories through love, trials, and personal choices. Story takes place dsuring one of the World Wars. A great story for those who are religious, particularly Jewish or Catholic, and espcially for women.
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I absolutely love this book. I have re-read it about five times, because it plays over and over in my mind as a movie. Although it is fiction, it reads as a memoir.

If you love books about WWII, this is a wonderful read.

TVH
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A mother's love, a daughter's courage...and their unwavering faith
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One of her better books
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Great book
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This is a good one.
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I really liked this book! The book begins several years before WWII. However, I felt alot of the book had to deal with the issues involved in WWII. It was nice to have a "kind-of first hand look" at what it would be like to be involved in WWII an indirect way. What I mean by that is that the book was supposed to be told by a woman. Of course, she couldn't be involved in the war directly, but she did all she could as a woman.

I really liked this book!!!
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Excellent story. Very inspiring story. This is one of the best Danielle Steel books I have read.
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I just finished this book for the 3rd time. The time frame that this book covers always makes me sad and a little angry. It was nice to read a story that had a good ending.
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Great reading
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Set in the summer of 1915, a time of both prosperity and unease. For Beata it was also a summer of awakening. Danielle Steel writes another wondeful book. This is a large print book.
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I didn't read this either
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This was an excellent story and one of Danielle steel's best novels. I loved it!
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This was a book I couldn't put down.
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Set in 1915, a Jewish woman and a French officer fall in love
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this book is in good condition, read nly half of it, but will post as soon and you would like