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This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Echoes is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. 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 This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Echoes is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. 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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This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Echoes is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. 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 This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Echoes is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. 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.

30 review for Echoes (Limited Edition)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Boy! I was so glad when this book was over. No wonder I have not read any Danielle Steel’s book in 20 years. She just repeats every sentence five times to make sure it is all engraved in your skull. I think she have a contract to write books for people with Dementia or Alzheimer. I am happy to say that this was the last DS book I read :0)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Huether

    The author brought history and romance together in this book. The scene was Germany just before WWI . A German girl ( Beats) fell in love with a French Officer(Antoine). Both family's disowned them. She was German Jew and he French Catholic. They were on their own. The story follows Grandmother, daughter and granddaughter as they faced the horrors of war and kept their faith and hope for a better day

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    Good read! interesting,intriguing,a love story filled with lots of emotions,personal issues,family drama during World War II ..well written (paperback!)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    Danielle Steel has never been an author who interested me. However, I was at a gathering and this book had been passed around among the women there and they raved about it. They asked if I had read it and I replied that I hadn't, so it ended up in my hands. I thought, ok, this one is about the Holocaust and that's always intriguing, so why not? Echoes was torture for me to read. It is SO poorly written! Steel needs a competent editor! The plot is fine, and could have been done well in the hands Danielle Steel has never been an author who interested me. However, I was at a gathering and this book had been passed around among the women there and they raved about it. They asked if I had read it and I replied that I hadn't, so it ended up in my hands. I thought, ok, this one is about the Holocaust and that's always intriguing, so why not? Echoes was torture for me to read. It is SO poorly written! Steel needs a competent editor! The plot is fine, and could have been done well in the hands of a talented author, but Steel's writing style distracts from the story line. She kept repeating information ad infinitum. She acts as if the reader is stupid, driving home the same points again and again. I wanted to throw the book across the room at points, but still, I was determined to find out what how the story ended and I wanted to have read it when I gave it back, so I persevered. Pure agony. Especially because the main character, Beata, was poorly developed and her actions far-fetched. Do not waste your time with this drivel. If you want to read an excellent Holocaust book, there are hundreds, including The Book Thief by Zusak and Night by Wiesel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Olivia McMullan

    This was a good book. It was unlike any I have ever read or experienced before, I especially loved the beginning of the story. Apart from the ending it was the best part of the book in my opinion. Unfortunately after the first tragedy I was very upset because I was enjoying the book and I was unsure of what was going to happen next. The next part still turned out okay, it was a little boring at specific bits but the rest of it was great! Danielle Steel hurt me in ways that I didnt like at all th This was a good book. It was unlike any I have ever read or experienced before, I especially loved the beginning of the story. Apart from the ending it was the best part of the book in my opinion. Unfortunately after the first tragedy I was very upset because I was enjoying the book and I was unsure of what was going to happen next. The next part still turned out okay, it was a little boring at specific bits but the rest of it was great! Danielle Steel hurt me in ways that I didnt like at all throughout this book and I was hoping it wouldn't happen again.....it did. The adventure of it was good and exciting, although parts happened and I dont know what was the end result??? I still want to know. They didnt mention whether it was true. The ending was good, I like the way she ended the book and the couple chapters before. The only thing I didnt like is that throughout the book there was huge time gaps in it, so it was one year and then it jumped to another year or it was April and suddenly the next line it is July? I was like what???? Confused, I was. It was still a good book though. I had so many feelings during the book, happy sadness, frustration, annoyance, anger. I still got a happy ending at the end so I cant exactly complain. :/ :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kari Coleman

    This was the first Danielle Steel book that I have read in quite some time. It was recommened to me by a friend, and I have to admit, I loved it! I didn't want to put it down. It's a story about a German Jewish girl who falls madly in love with a Catholic French man during World War II. Both of their families banish them when they want to get married. As their lives progress and they have childen, they do not tell the children that they are 1/2 Jewish, considering the times and that all their li This was the first Danielle Steel book that I have read in quite some time. It was recommened to me by a friend, and I have to admit, I loved it! I didn't want to put it down. It's a story about a German Jewish girl who falls madly in love with a Catholic French man during World War II. Both of their families banish them when they want to get married. As their lives progress and they have childen, they do not tell the children that they are 1/2 Jewish, considering the times and that all their lives they have been Catholic. As the Germans start deporting the Jews, the main character reaches out to her family only to be denied access to them by her father, who said she is dead to them. It is a very touching and heartbreaking story of trying to make it in a time where you religious denomination meant life or death. I have been on quite a war kick lately and this just happened to fit right in. There is also a hint of a love story for those of you who enjoy love stories. I myself love a good love story, but it's not a genre I could read every day. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Miller

    I have never read a Danielle Steel book before and was not sure what to expect besides a love story. This book went above and beyond my expectations. Being someone who enjoys reading about love and that time era, this was right up my alley. This book had me enthralled in it from the beginning (hard to do for most books that usually have to build into it). This book sure did pull at my heart strings and sent me on an intense emotional roller coaster. There were moments when it was so happy, momen I have never read a Danielle Steel book before and was not sure what to expect besides a love story. This book went above and beyond my expectations. Being someone who enjoys reading about love and that time era, this was right up my alley. This book had me enthralled in it from the beginning (hard to do for most books that usually have to build into it). This book sure did pull at my heart strings and sent me on an intense emotional roller coaster. There were moments when it was so happy, moments where I cried, and moments where I was beyond angry. I would have to say that my only disappointment with this book was the untied ending to some of the main characters. I like to have closure with stories and this did not give me that and left me frustrated. I am glad though that there was a happy ending, something that looked dim throughout so much tragedy. I would highly recommend this book, but make sure that you are willing to devout time to reading it, once you start, it is hard to stop!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ângela

    “Don’t hate anyone,” Beata said quietly. “It’s too much work. And it only poisons you.” This story is about three things: Love (the purest and beautiful there is), Family (complicated and difficult, like most families) and War ( starting in the first til the second one). I really apreciated this narrative, there was no slow motion action. The characters were very interesting and relatable and the main ideia, even not being exceptionally original, was pretty well achieved.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    Echoes by Danielle Steel focuses on the effects of WWI and WWII on Beata and her daughter Amadea, with a helping of romance on the side. Beata was born a German Jew and during WWI she falls in love with a French Catholic nobleman. Long story short but both of their families hate each other and pretty much disown them; both Beata and her new husband, Antoine, were literally dead to them. Years go by and they have a couple of kids, and they're doing pretty well, but then Europe starts feeling the Echoes by Danielle Steel focuses on the effects of WWI and WWII on Beata and her daughter Amadea, with a helping of romance on the side. Beata was born a German Jew and during WWI she falls in love with a French Catholic nobleman. Long story short but both of their families hate each other and pretty much disown them; both Beata and her new husband, Antoine, were literally dead to them. Years go by and they have a couple of kids, and they're doing pretty well, but then Europe starts feeling the effects of Hitler's regime and Antoine dies in a freak horse riding accident. Amadea, the oldest daughter, decides she wants to become a nun after being inspired by Edith Stein's actions. Her family doesn't approve, but they let her go to follow her vocation (besides she has years before she takes her final vows). As the clock starts ticking closer to WWII, Amadea's heritage comes to light and she is deported to a concentration camp, but manages to escape, go into hiding, and become a member of the French Resistance. Guess what, she also meets a handsome British secret agent. She works with him multiple time on missions and surprise, surprise (view spoiler)[she decides she loves him too much to go back to the convent after the war like she had always planned and they get married and take care of the evacuated Jewish children they've been watching over (hide spoiler)] . Before Echoes, I had never read a single Danielle Steel book and never really planned to either, but then, a friend of mine recommended this book to me. This friend had never read a single Danielle Steel book before either for the exact same reasons as me, so I borrowed it and gave it a shot. My bar wasn't set very high, but I liked Echoes more than I expected. One of the things I most liked was the fact that the romance isn't exactly the main plot, but is woven into the story. I also liked the level of detail going into the scenes, but it wasn't so heavy that the reader gets bogged down; the story flowed well from point to point. And, finally, I really enjoyed the cover - who doesn't like a good steam engine?! After reading, I really wished this could have been a story primarily focusing on Amadea's activity as a member of the French Resistance. I mean, I liked the background we got from the story but Steel packs so much into the book that each event becomes almost fleeting in the telling of the tale. Personally, I would have liked to have seen a story focusing heavily on a half-Jewish Carmelite nun working as an agent for the French Resistance during WWII. One thing that I didn't understand about Amadea: how does she go from being a passionate and ambitious girl set on going to college and studying philosophy, psychology, and literature to wanting to become a mostly silent and submissive nun?? I can appreciate Amadea's desire to become a nun, but I felt like I missed something with her character. One thing that really annoyed me about the ending aside from the predictability: we never find out what happens to Beata and Daphne!!! My guess would be that they died in a concentration camp, but it would have been nice to have a little closure after spending so much time with them! I'm not sure if I'll be back for more by Danielle Steel in the future, but I can say I did like Echoes more than I initially expected.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This is the first Danielle Steel I've read in years. This probably wasn't the best one to reintroduce myself to the author, but it's been sitting on my TBR shelf for the longest time, and I've been eyeing the cover. I usually go into Steel's work blind, not having read the synopsis on the back or even knowing the protagonist's names. I love the way she builds out her characters. She spends the first several chapters fleshing them out and giving them extensive backstories- so when life-changing e This is the first Danielle Steel I've read in years. This probably wasn't the best one to reintroduce myself to the author, but it's been sitting on my TBR shelf for the longest time, and I've been eyeing the cover. I usually go into Steel's work blind, not having read the synopsis on the back or even knowing the protagonist's names. I love the way she builds out her characters. She spends the first several chapters fleshing them out and giving them extensive backstories- so when life-changing events begin to happen, you completely understand how they react and handle things. Beata, the main character for the first half of this book, is no different. She is headstrong and smart, and does what she wants. When she falls in love, she goes for it and doesn't look back. I loved her story- all of her ups, and her eventual downs. Beata and Antoine's story was beautiful and tragic, and my heart was full, and yet broken for them. I was not prepared for the second half of this book, which quickly delved into convent life, concentration camps and resistance fighting. We simply stopped following Beata, and the attention swapped to Amadea. It felt awfully disjointed- almost as though they were two short stories just stitched together. We were never told what happened to Beata and Daphne. We can surely guess, but there is no closure there at all, and it's frustrating. It was good, but just not enough for me. The story should have been longer.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    My library was having a "Danielle Steel March Madness" that was quite fun, so I thought I'd try one of her books. It took me quite a while to get into this, but once I did I quite liked the characters Beata and Antoine. They meet in Switzerland during the first World War. Beata is a German Jew and Antoine is a French Cathoic. Predictably, their families don't approve of their romance and trouble ensues. I really enjoyed the setting and characters during this time in the book, however the second My library was having a "Danielle Steel March Madness" that was quite fun, so I thought I'd try one of her books. It took me quite a while to get into this, but once I did I quite liked the characters Beata and Antoine. They meet in Switzerland during the first World War. Beata is a German Jew and Antoine is a French Cathoic. Predictably, their families don't approve of their romance and trouble ensues. I really enjoyed the setting and characters during this time in the book, however the second half of the book moves to the second World War and focuses on their daughter, Armeada. I had a hard time liking the characters in the second half of the book; it wasn't that they were unlikable, just that I didn't find anything special about them. I had fun reading a Danielle Steel novel, but I'm not sure I'll be picking up another one anytime soon. After a co-worker mentioned that she was a repetitive writer I began to notice it. She rewords the same information over and over. It didn't bother me a lot, but I could see that it was a distinct style she has that could become irritating. Reader Advisory-no language and all physical relationships are glossed over/have no details. Popsugar Challenge 2019-Two books that share the same title. (Book 1)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    I have never read a Danielle Steele book before and never will again! Her writting style is that equivelent of a 6 grade reading level! It feels like she is trying to introduce the book over and over and over again! She repeats everything ( assuming you were going to forget what you just read on the previous page, of course!) and her plot was weak and predictable. I found this to be an extremly fast read, however I couldn't wait to get through it because the writting style was so incrediably ann I have never read a Danielle Steele book before and never will again! Her writting style is that equivelent of a 6 grade reading level! It feels like she is trying to introduce the book over and over and over again! She repeats everything ( assuming you were going to forget what you just read on the previous page, of course!) and her plot was weak and predictable. I found this to be an extremly fast read, however I couldn't wait to get through it because the writting style was so incrediably annoying! I think that the story would have be great if she didn't constantly repeat herself, or possibly another writter took on the story and wrote the book instead! I can say this that was good about the book though, there was at least a relatively happy ending. As happy as one can be for a war time novel.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I liked the story at first almost lost interest in the middle to the point of not reading it anymore, then picked back up and liked it again. first half of the book i enjoyed the story, then in the middle like she lost her train of thought of what she was writing and just stated history facts till she could get back on track on what she wanted the story to be.... wasn't my altime favorite book but it was good

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Loved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Prince Rokaya

    It portrayed the life under Nazi's rule,hard life,concentration camp and social beliefs.It was a roller coaster ride at one point i get too excited and other point it was like nothing.It show the bitter truth....life under the Nazi regime which makes me hate hitler even more.This book is worth reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    The story begins in 1915 on the shores of Lake Geneva, and the war was a great concern for everyone. The Wittgenstein's, a wealthy and powerful Jewish family, was gathered together for a family holiday. The Wittgenstein's were steeped in tradition, and it was never a question that all the family would be expected to marry Jewish. When Beatta Wittgenstein and Antoine de Vallerand meet, things go terribly wrong. Antoine is a French officer, and Beatta is Jewish, and their countries, France and Ger The story begins in 1915 on the shores of Lake Geneva, and the war was a great concern for everyone. The Wittgenstein's, a wealthy and powerful Jewish family, was gathered together for a family holiday. The Wittgenstein's were steeped in tradition, and it was never a question that all the family would be expected to marry Jewish. When Beatta Wittgenstein and Antoine de Vallerand meet, things go terribly wrong. Antoine is a French officer, and Beatta is Jewish, and their countries, France and Germany are enemies. Eras go by and the atrocities of the Holocaust unfold. The Jewish people are stripped of all their humanity as they are packed into trains, not knowing their destination, only that they were on the train to hell. Echoes is a compelling tale of historical fiction with the raw brutality of the Holocaust revealed. A wonderful read! 5+ stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Allison Ann

    WEEK 6 WORD: DANCER BONUS: PILLOW MY LETTER: E for title Book: Echoes by Danielle Steel Finished: January 11, 2013 Rating & Book Review: 1 star - Here's my confession. I am FASCINATED by Danielle Steel. I think her books are exactly the same story over and over with very slight changes in location and character names. They're absolute garbage and I hate them, but I can't stop reading them. I don't know why. They're not guilty pleasure books because I get no pleasure from reading them, but read them I WEEK 6 WORD: DANCER BONUS: PILLOW MY LETTER: E for title Book: Echoes by Danielle Steel Finished: January 11, 2013 Rating & Book Review: 1 star - Here's my confession. I am FASCINATED by Danielle Steel. I think her books are exactly the same story over and over with very slight changes in location and character names. They're absolute garbage and I hate them, but I can't stop reading them. I don't know why. They're not guilty pleasure books because I get no pleasure from reading them, but read them I do. At least I have never purchased a copy, thus not contributing even a penny to the psycho writer. Anyway, this book (as usual) had a war, an impossible love story that overcame all odds, one (at least) partner dying young, an extremely religious woman who abandons her vocation for love, a miraculous healing and a gabillion children. Typical Steel, not worth your time, not worth my time, I read it anyway, I hate myself. BONUS WORDS Dancer - page 282 - My wife always assured me I was a dreadful dancer. Pillow - page 195 - He had pulled a mattress out of another storeroom and laid it on the floor, with a pillow and a stack of blankets.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I was surprised by scornful reviews, as I believe there should be adult-interest books on many reading levels. All adult readers did not have the same advantages, so there are many levels of adult reading ability. I am a bit of a grammarian, often correcting mistakes in my personal books, but I did not find mistakes in this book. Perhaps those reviewers were having a bad day. This was a good book, covering bits of WWI and WWII, with many interesting twists. I was intrigued by the elder daughter A I was surprised by scornful reviews, as I believe there should be adult-interest books on many reading levels. All adult readers did not have the same advantages, so there are many levels of adult reading ability. I am a bit of a grammarian, often correcting mistakes in my personal books, but I did not find mistakes in this book. Perhaps those reviewers were having a bad day. This was a good book, covering bits of WWI and WWII, with many interesting twists. I was intrigued by the elder daughter Amadea becoming a nun, not knowing she was half-Jewish, then having to go into hiding to protect the church. Switching back to the WWI story, the insights into a affluent Jewish family were quite interesting to me, with bits reminding me of Downton Abbey. My only complaints are the cover and the name. I can't recall a time in the novel when three women gaze at a train, nor could I connect the title to the book's content. This book was much better than the cover though.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Swallowfeather

    I read this because a friend started telling me about the plot and I wasn't listening real good & thought it was non-fiction, and asked her to loan it to me... and then I read it because I didn't want to offend her! Wow. Talk about flat characters, telling rather than showing, hitting the readers on the head with how they should feel about each character, etc. Well, obviously that is her style and she writes for an audience that is OK with that, so I'm not going to go on and on about how awful it I read this because a friend started telling me about the plot and I wasn't listening real good & thought it was non-fiction, and asked her to loan it to me... and then I read it because I didn't want to offend her! Wow. Talk about flat characters, telling rather than showing, hitting the readers on the head with how they should feel about each character, etc. Well, obviously that is her style and she writes for an audience that is OK with that, so I'm not going to go on and on about how awful it is or anything, but I won't be reading any more. However, she obviously did her research, and there was quite a bit of accurate stuff (to the best of my knowledge) about the French Resistance, which was interesting when I could get past the writing style.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Britney

    This love story had me crying the whole time!! it is about true sincere love between a beautiful young girl and a handsome gentleman. It is one of my favorite books!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Terri Silcox

    I absolutely loved this book. I was sad that it was over.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I really was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! A good mix of history and storytelling. 4.5 stars!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Areej Ilyas

    It's a trip... a very interesting one..

  24. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    This book has been sitting on my TBR shelf forever and finally worked its way into my hands. I normally find Danielle Steel's writing to be redundant and trite but still find myself reading one every so often; don't really know why. Guess every so often I need to take a break from my normal genre of murder and suspense. Beata Wittgenstein growing up in a Jewish family, just before WWI, was very much aware of what was expected of her. She meets and falls in love with a young Catholic French Offic This book has been sitting on my TBR shelf forever and finally worked its way into my hands. I normally find Danielle Steel's writing to be redundant and trite but still find myself reading one every so often; don't really know why. Guess every so often I need to take a break from my normal genre of murder and suspense. Beata Wittgenstein growing up in a Jewish family, just before WWI, was very much aware of what was expected of her. She meets and falls in love with a young Catholic French Officer while on vacation with her mother and sister. Although Beata and Antoine know both of their families will not be accepting of their relationship they marry and eventually have two daughters. Their families have terminated any relationship with either of them. Beata's family sat shiva for her and placed her name in the book of the dead. As the war progresses, the author takes the reader through Beata's life and that of her oldest daughter, Amadea, as they try to survive. Amadea finds herself in situations she could never have imagined praying that this is the path God has chosen for her. In the end, as always happens in Danielle Steel's books, Amadea finds love and the book ends on a happy note. So much for my chick lit diet for this week!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Arti

    Its the first Daniel Steel book that I read... and to be honest not what I usually read, and hence it was a different experience... Set against the backdrop of World War I and II, the story follows the journey of two generations of women - a mother and daughter - and their search for love... they can't escape their Jewish pedigree and get caught up in the atrocities against Jews... faced with harsh realities, it's their undying faith and sheer courage that shines thru as an inspiration... their j Its the first Daniel Steel book that I read... and to be honest not what I usually read, and hence it was a different experience... Set against the backdrop of World War I and II, the story follows the journey of two generations of women - a mother and daughter - and their search for love... they can't escape their Jewish pedigree and get caught up in the atrocities against Jews... faced with harsh realities, it's their undying faith and sheer courage that shines thru as an inspiration... their journey takes them on many paths and they learn to adapt to social realities, fight ideologies, struggle for survival, take risks (and the daughter even undertakes daring missions behind enemy lines).... they get separated from their families, suffer losses and live thru tragic experiences... but they still manage to help others and continue to believe that 'whoever saves a life, saves the entire world'... The journey helps them to grow, find purpose and eventually discover their place... even as echoes from the past keeps them connected - always!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    Another enjoyable novel by Danielle Steel. This one is historical fiction about a young Jewish girl who leaves her family to marry a young french man - thus effectively causing her family to shun her and write her name in the book of the dead. Together they travel and work and eventually marry and have two children, but WWII occurs and even though Beata has converted to Catholicism and their marriage certificate says they are catholics she is eventually captured by the Germans with her youngest d Another enjoyable novel by Danielle Steel. This one is historical fiction about a young Jewish girl who leaves her family to marry a young french man - thus effectively causing her family to shun her and write her name in the book of the dead. Together they travel and work and eventually marry and have two children, but WWII occurs and even though Beata has converted to Catholicism and their marriage certificate says they are catholics she is eventually captured by the Germans with her youngest daughter. Her eldest daughter Armadaya is studying to become a nun and is protected for a time until she has to leave the convent to protect the other nuns that live within. She promises to return to take her final vows after the war. This was a most enjoyable story about the three generations of women and I really enjoyed listening to it. I know Danielle Steel gets criticised for her books, but a lot of them have great stories and plot lines and this was one of them. The narrator was also good to listen to.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rashida Dula

    Danielle Steel's writing take me back to the Gujarat Board Textbooks and the exam answer sheets. Repeatition of lines to increase the number of pages, spoiling the gist of the story. . . Echoes by Danielle Steel begins with a decent love story. Beata, German Jew, falls in love with a French Catholic nobleman. Both defy their families as a union of a Jew with Catholic from a war rival France was out of question. They arrange to meet it Switzerland, where they marry and live happily with their young Danielle Steel's writing take me back to the Gujarat Board Textbooks and the exam answer sheets. Repeatition of lines to increase the number of pages, spoiling the gist of the story. . . Echoes by Danielle Steel begins with a decent love story. Beata, German Jew, falls in love with a French Catholic nobleman. Both defy their families as a union of a Jew with Catholic from a war rival France was out of question. They arrange to meet it Switzerland, where they marry and live happily with their young daughters. Antoine, the French nobleman is thrown from a headstrong horse. And meanwhile Hitler's anti-sentiments spread across, changing the course of the story to the effects of the war. . . . Echoes (Danielle Steel)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I did enjoy a lot about this book: the historical landscape, the featuring of famous figures like Edith Stein, and the individual scenes. Saying that, this book lacks cohesion. We move from plot point to plot point with little closure of the previous point. Because of that, the plot feels meandering and repetitive. There are numerous plot holes, especially nearer to the end. Beata and Amadea have very similar voices, making them feel like repetitions for each other. There is a lot of historical I did enjoy a lot about this book: the historical landscape, the featuring of famous figures like Edith Stein, and the individual scenes. Saying that, this book lacks cohesion. We move from plot point to plot point with little closure of the previous point. Because of that, the plot feels meandering and repetitive. There are numerous plot holes, especially nearer to the end. Beata and Amadea have very similar voices, making them feel like repetitions for each other. There is a lot of historical detail I enjoyed, like the increasing mistreatment of the Jews in Germany before WWII and escalation of war set in the backdrop of a family drama. If this book had a more purposeful plot and closure at the ending, I think I would have adored this book. As it was, I did enjoy it for the most part.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    When I saw this at the library, I almost passed it over, but then I remembered how Danielle Steel's books used to be really, really good. Her latest ones seem to just keep saying the same things over and over and over when she describes things. This book was definitely worth taking the time to read. It tells the story of Beata Wittgenstein and her daughter Amadea. Beata is Jewish but ends up falling in love with a French nobleman who is Catholic. They both decide to marry despite their family's o When I saw this at the library, I almost passed it over, but then I remembered how Danielle Steel's books used to be really, really good. Her latest ones seem to just keep saying the same things over and over and over when she describes things. This book was definitely worth taking the time to read. It tells the story of Beata Wittgenstein and her daughter Amadea. Beata is Jewish but ends up falling in love with a French nobleman who is Catholic. They both decide to marry despite their family's objections and are disowned. This tells their love story as World War I ends through World War II. I read this in two days and thought it was a great read!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Sandlin

    It has been a long time since I have read a Danielle Steel book. She was the first author I read that I was not assigned to read in high school and I read a majority of her books in my teens and early twenties. Her books that mix historical fiction (usually a war) have always been my favorites so I picked up this one at a book trading table on an island. It was ok. Where I think I went wrong was to read the description. It was like the movie preview that told you too much. So the book was a litt It has been a long time since I have read a Danielle Steel book. She was the first author I read that I was not assigned to read in high school and I read a majority of her books in my teens and early twenties. Her books that mix historical fiction (usually a war) have always been my favorites so I picked up this one at a book trading table on an island. It was ok. Where I think I went wrong was to read the description. It was like the movie preview that told you too much. So the book was a little flat for me. Did the loose ends bother me a little at the end? Not really, that was probably very realistic for the families in WWII.

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