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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,426 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Simon Prebbl Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 through 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cathi Cochran | 2/4/2014

    " I love all of Danielle Steele's books...but this one was, by far, my favorite. It is haunting and really takes you to a place in time where horrible things were happening and makes you feel the fear that many people faced during those times and how no one was really safe from hatred. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susie | 1/26/2014

    " This book suprised me....in that I actually really liked it. I completely forgot I was reading a book by one of the leading romance novelists as Steel really put the lovey stuff on the back burner in this book and brought the WWII era to life. I don't normally read Danielle Steel books. They are not my style (really). But I have found if you pick wisely she has some pearls among the swine. This is one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Verlee | 1/7/2014

    " I was surprised how well I liked this book. I am not a Danielle Steele fan, and only read it cause it was on a pile of books loaned to me by a friend. This book felt more like a 'family history' read...In fact I kept looking to see if maybe I misunderstood and this was nonfiction. I thought the characters were interesting and likable. I actually enjoyed reading about the mother and then the daughter.... I would have liked to have known what happened to Beata and Daphne, but, I also felt like not knowing was typical for the times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shauna Sommerfeldt | 1/5/2014

    " I thought this was a really good book. "

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