Echoes 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

  • Title: Echoes
  • Author: Danielle Steel
  • ISBN: 9780440240785
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 oAgainst 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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    • Danielle Steel

      Since 1981, Ms Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks But Guinness was premature The fact is that one or of Ms Steel s novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 390 consecutive weeks Twenty one of Ms Steel s novels have been adapted for television, each earning high ratings and critical acclaim, including two Golden Globe nominations for JEWELS, a four hour mini series that starred Anthony Andrews In addition, Ms Steel is the author of the Max and Martha series of books for young readers They are ten illustrated storybooks written to comfort the young as they face problems, such as a new stepfather, new baby, new school, loss of a grandparent, and other crucial dilemmas in a child s life She has also written the Freddie books, four of them, about real life situations in children s lives, like a visit to the doctor and the first night away from home Ms Steel has also written nonfiction, HIS BRIGHT LIGHT, about the life and death of her son Nicholas Traina, released by Delacorte Press in September 1998 and immediately jumped to the New York Times Non Fiction bestseller list and Having a Baby She has also written a book of poetry entitled LOVE POEMS BY DANIELLE STEEL In 2002, Ms Steel was decorated by the French government as an Officier of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters, for her lifetime contribution to world culture She was awarded the second highest rank of the Order Ms Steel also has a passionate interest in emerging contemporary artists She has had an art gallery for several years, and and continues to sponsor and organize free lance art shows and events to show the work of emerging and mid career artists She has a degree in design herself In addition to her writing, Ms Steel has varied philanthropic interests She founded and runs two foundations, one named in honor of her late son, The Nick Traina Foundation, which funds organizations involved in mental illness and child abuse The second was established to assist the homeless She has won numerous awards for her personal work with mentally ill adolescents and children Ms Steel maintains a passionate interest in the welfare and well being of children, particularly those in jeopardy She has raised nine children of her own And they continue to keep her busy, as she juggles writing and family Her family is her first priority, despite her many interests From an education in New York and Europe to a professional background in public relations and advertising, and teaching, Ms Steel moved on quickly to her literary career and has been hard at work writing ever since She wrote her first book at nineteen Often, she works on five books at a time researching one storyline, writing another, and editing the third Still, she often spends two to three years researching and developing a single project In the heat of a first draft, it is not uncommon for her to spend eighteen to twenty hours a day glued to her 1946 Olympia manual typewriter Family, children, and young people are the central focus of her life, and her passion, which frequently shows in her writing She deals with the themes that touch on the most pressing issues of real life, which makes her books universal, and touch so many people She is fascinated by the pressing life situations that affect us all, how people handle them and are often transformed as a result And her novels have explored subjects such as kidnapping, incest, mental illness, suicide, death, divorce, adoption, marriage, loss, cancer, war, among others She also frequently writes about historical themes, shedding new light on familiar historical events with meticulously accurate research Despite her varied interests and activities,

    146 thoughts on “Echoes

    • Danielle Steel u najboljem izdanju. Radnja koja se proteže od I Svjetskog rata, bogatstva i raskoši, karmelićanskog manastira, pa sve do II Svjetskog rata, koncentracionih logora, bijede i smrti.

    • 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)

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

    • The author brought history and romance together in this book.The scene was Germany just before WWI . A German girl ( Beats) fell I love with a French Officer(Antoine).Both familys 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

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • رواية "أماديا" جداً مشوقة وأحداثها متسلسلة بطريقه تُشعرك وكأنك تُشاهد إحدى تلك المسلسلات النازية و تعيش أحداثها فيها من الحكمة و الكلام ما يثير الاعجاب , لفتت نظري الشابة بيتا ويتغينشتاين بصفاتها التي ذكرتني بنفسي في أحيان كثيرة والتضحيات التي قامت بها لتترك الرفاهية والثر [...]

    • 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

    • 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 [...]

    • 4 sofis. primer libro de danielle steel que leo y tengo que admitir que no me decepcionó; me encariñé muchísimo con los personajes (todavía no puedo creer las muertes) y la historia me mantenía enganchada en todo momento. lo único que no me gustó fue la forma en la que se manejo ese final ??¿? pareció un toque forzado y me enojo muchísimo que no haya sido contado como fue el destino de beata y daphne 😣 aparte de eso, me llevé una grata sorpresa con este libro. muy linda lectura.

    • 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 [...]

    • WEEK 6WORD: DANCERBONUS: PILLOWMY LETTER: E for titleBook: Echoes by Danielle SteelFinished: January 11, 2013Rating & 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 the [...]

    • قلم دانيال ستيل رومانسي حالم ومثالي، تتشابه مع الأفلام الهندية والمصرية القديمة، أكاد أجزم بإني حفظت أسلوبها الذي لم يتغير، قصة حب أسطورية مثالية، مع نهاية سعيدة، إيجابيتها الوحيدة هو أنني لا أستطيع ترك الرواية، هناك شيئ ما يشدني حتى النهاية.في رواية أماديا التي تدور أحداث [...]

    • على الرغم من شهرة دانييل ستيل العارمة، و على الرغم من امتلاكي لهذه الرواية و لرواية الفدية منذ سنين إلا أنني لم أقرأ لها قط. و قراءتي لهذه الرواية لم تغير رأيي.ما علمته من قبل عن الكاتبة أنها من أشهر الروائيات للقصص الرومانسية، و لكن كل قصة حب في الرواية جاءت سريعة و غريبة و مف [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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!

    • Its the first Daniel Steel book that I read and to be honest not what I usually read, and hence it was a different experienceSet 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 th [...]

    • I haven't read a DS book in more than 25 years and decided to give this a shot because I love historical fiction, particularly around WWI and WWII. This story is the journey of 3 generations of women spanning this era. I'm Not sure how well researched or historically accurate it is, but overall I enjoyed the plot which much was focused on the resistance. This was less mushy and more realistic than what I remember as her style in writing. That being said, I was somewhat sad with the ending. So mu [...]

    • 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 storyEchoes 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 dau [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • This is the only Danielle Steele book I have ever read and I was in awe of this incredible display of love found amidst war. This book was full of so many emotions. One moment I was happy, the next moment I was crying. How unbelievably burdened each person was throughout this novel by the lines of separation drawn by war, love, and loss. A must read.

    • My love affair with a Danielle Steel is back on after a 25 year absence! Great read about WWII, concentration camps, the French resistance + a lot of cheesy romance. Had to pull the car over for a cry. Listened to the audio version.

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