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Echoes    by Danielle Steel order for
by Danielle Steel
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Delacorte, 2004 (2004)

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* * *   Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella

Beata Wittgenstein grows up in a loving, wealthy Jewish family in Germany, with war looming. In 1915, Beata meets her true love, while on vacation on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Though her Orthodox family will never accept her marriage to a Catholic man, her quiet debate with herself is won over by love.

After being married by a priest, Beata and Antoine de Vallerand begin their new life, without the support of either of their families. They move in with Antoine's cousins on a small farm. Before long Beata is pregnant with a beautiful daughter whom they name Amadea. They move back to Germany when World War I ends, and another daughter is born. When Amadea turns eighteen she decides to enter a Carmelite convent and become a nun. As the world shifts around them, Beata's past comes to haunt her and her daughters for many years to come. The horrors of Hitler's Germany touch their lives and change them forever. Can the convent save Amadea, or will her Jewish roots be revealed to the Nazis?

This is another masterfully told story by Danielle Steel. The reader is reeled in from the first chapters. You can feel Beata's pain as she travels through her life with quiet strength to overcome the hardships that befall her. Amadea inherits that ability to move through life's ups and downs with grace and dignity. Echoes brings back Danielle Steel's earlier style of writing. Grab this book and find a quiet place in the warmth of spring to enjoy a poignant tale that brings the past to life.

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