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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  5,335 ratings  ·  272 reviews
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 o
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Published February 25th 2009 by Dell (first published 2004)
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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)
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
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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 ...more
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 ...more
3houd
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 مفاجئة.
بالنسبة لقصة بيتا فهي لم تجذب اهتمامي، و وجدت القصة و الشخصيات في غاية الضعف. بيتا لم تتوانى إطلاقا عن تغيير ديانتها فقط بغرض تعجيل الزواج بضعة أشهر.
القصة أثارت اهتمامي عند بداية الجزئية الخاصة بأماديا. و لكن يتضح أن
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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
Mouse
lovely heart breaking, heart warning book. loved it completely. Lost for words really.
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 ...more
Ashwag
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 أحداثها في زمن الحربين العالميتين الأولى والثانية، في البداية تتحدث عن قصة الحب بين بيتا اليهودية الألمانية وانطوان المسيحي الفرنسي، واستحالة زواجهما ورفض عائلتيهما، ولكن حبهم تغلب على كل شيئ واستطاعا الزواج وانقطعو عن عائلتيهم، كان
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guiltlessreader
I have never read Danielle Steel and most probably will never again. I chanced upon this book and figured that she must be doing something right if she sells so many books. I spent this Saturday with this book in hand. And I can't get the time back. Why I'm writing about this ... to warn you not to cave when you see "America's #1 Bestseller" splashed on a cover. Bestsellers do not equal good books.

Besides, you've read the synopsis. That's it. Nothing else. I felt like I had stumbled upon one old
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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 ...more
Ailsa
Summary - "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 w
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Diane
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Areej Ilyas
It's a trip... a very interesting one..
Gara
I enjoy reading historical fiction set in this time period. As many others have already stated, the writing style was repetitive, and lacking in depth. Despite that, I was interested in the characters and wanted to finish it. It was a fairly quick read, and somewhat entertaining. I felt as if I was watching the characters from a distance - the reader is NOT "in the heads" of the characters. I would have enjoyed finding out about the fate of those characters that were held in the concentration ca ...more
Britney
Aug 29, 2008 Britney rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to read a love story
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!
Terri Silcox
I absolutely loved this book. I was sad that it was over.
Jeanne Halloran
"Echoes" is one of Danielle Steel's finer works. I love how she weaves a tale around historical World War One and Two, and tells the tale of a family that covers both wars. She shows us the horrors of war, especially in her treatment of the time Amadea spent in a concentration camp. My only criticism is that she abruptly ended the portion of the tale about Amadea's mother and sister when they were deported and I felt cut off from them. I would have liked a smoother transition from the mother's s ...more
Kendra
Level I:
How and where do Beata and Antoine meet? They met by the "glimmering waters of Lake Geneva" in Switzerland when Antoine ran into Beata and knocked her onto the ground.

Where do Antoine and Beata live after their families refuse to their "love?" They must flee to Switzerland to live with Antoine's relatives, Walther and Maria Zuber, until their own countries were open and at peace again.

Why were both Antoine's parents and Beata's parents so against their marriage? Beata's parents were agai
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Dawn
May 12, 2011 Dawn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Danielle Steel.
Recommended to Dawn by: My sister-in-law Gina Marie.
Out of all of Danielle Steel's recent novels, this is one I really enjoyed. Many years ago when I started reading Danielle Steel, I really loved her books. Her ideas were fresh & new. Now that she has written over 60 novels, I only pick up one of her books for something light & quick to read. I usually end up disappointed because Steel ends up repeating herself throughout the book & you know the story seems like it is recycled from one of her other books. Echoes was an exception. The ...more
Makenzie Kurtz
"Echoes" by Danielle Steel was is the first major love story that i have actully finished and have enjoyed reading. I found a place in my heart for the mother-daughter relationship between Beata and her daughter Amadea. The love that they share is so special, and to be honest, it is something I wish for. There are two other aspects of this book that made me so intrigued with it. First, it setting is in Nazi, Germany. Its so well detailedthat a reader could believe that Danielle Steel actually gr ...more
Stacy
From Amazon.com: "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 (A ...more
Allison Ann
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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 the
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Karen
Danielle Steel's novel, Echoes, is the heartwrenching story of Beata Wittgenstein and her family who sacrificed everything she has ever had in order to be with the man she loves. After being banished and removed from her family, she creates her own with her lover, Antoine, a french man who she was condemned from seeing, in Switzerland and then moves back to Germany when the war ends. Though with several attempts to contact her previous family, they have made it perfectly clear that she is dead t ...more
Elizabeth Cisewski
Okay so this book was about a family that went through WWI and WWII. It was deep and depressing but it made you think about what might have happened, the families that were split apart and the lives that were destroyed in these world wars. It was by far the best book that I have read all summer and i think that it is a good book for everyone to read. I actually finished this book at one in the morning, that was how good it was, and how i just couldn't put it down.
Kiernan Riley
I'd heard a lot about Danielle Steel in the past and wanted to form my own opinion of her, and this was the first book of her's that I chose. Honestly, her book is like a large bag of potato chips- I know it's bad for me, I know it does nothing for my health or well being but I keep going back for more. The style of writing is hard to read, beecause the same points are being driven home over and over and over again. While the story line was creative- going through different generations of connec ...more
Michelle
I just loved it! It was truly an amazing experience! I read it a long time back though. The way the Danielle Steel has written this book is truly laudatory! This book has made me learn something - never get discouraged by your failures. LITERALLY! I mean there is only one problem with this book, that there is too much suffering and loss of loved ones, tooo much!! Dear author - you need to do something about that. However, this book is truly lovable!<3<3
Marcy
A great book. I stopped reading Danielle Steele a while ago because all her books were the same. But this book is so different. A young couple fall in love in the midst of WWI. He is a Catholic from France. She is Jewish from Germany. Telling their families that they want to marry does not sit well with the parents. They are disowned and are exiled in Switzerland. The story follows them through WWII with all the joys & sorrows. I loved the book.
Melissa DeHart
Generation spanning novel about Jewish women in Germany. Beata is disinherited by her Jewish family when she leaves them to marry a French Catholic. Their daughter, Amadea, grows up in the Catholic faith and becomes a nun during the time of the Hitler regime. Sacrifices are made and secrets are told. Danielle Steel takes you through the German concentration camps and the French resistance. I enjoyed this book all except for one thing. It is never revealed what happened to Beata and her younger d ...more
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