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Echo from Mount Royal

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews

Montreal, 1951. Rebecca Wiseman, 18 years old, from a Catholic-Jewish family, briefly meets a handsome young man at a local dance. She has little hope of seeing him again. When Sol Gottesman tracks her down and asks her on a date, her joy mingles with disbelie
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published January 5th 2015 by Merrimack Media
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Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Although I did enjoy this story, I found the book hard to get into. I did empathize with Rebecca, but I found her hard to enjoy. I do believe the book had an appropriate ending. I do plan to read more from this author.
Alexandra Engellmann
When I was offered to read and review this book, I just couldn’t refuse, because like many of my favorite romance stories, it’s told from one of the characters’ perspective decades after the story itself happened. It’s the idea of all this time that’s passed, and how human feelings can survive all of it that shocks me every time. Remember how Titanic begins? With this old, fragile woman, talking about her first love with such feeling; with the contrast of modern days and the grandeur of the 20’s ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spell binding tale of love, separation and emotions:
'Echo from Mount Royal' is a wonderful, fast paced, enjoyable read taking us down the memory lane of Rebecca Wiseman's first, fresh blooming love with a super rich, young businessman Sol Goltesman back in 1950s in the beautiful city of Montreal.

Author Dave Riese moves very smoothly with Rebecca's tale, painting vividly the colorful images of time Rebecca cherished the wonderful moments of romance with Sol until harsh barriers of society, caste
Kathleen Daly
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 really is what I think. This was a really good book about a relationship between a wealthy man and a fiesta middle income woman. He is a good guy, it's his parents who are demanding, manipulative, and blind to the unhappiness they create. But Sol is not exactly capable of standing up to them but Becca is.
They have a little more than their share of ups and downs. You will be wishing for a reunion and we get to see happiness in the end.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a Montrealer, I enjoyed hearing about the city in the 50’s. I felt, however, the author missed some details of the emotions of Rebecca.
SJ Santilli
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love that its a local author.
Took me over half way to get into it.
Was surprising the things that happened once I reached the over half way point. Wish I could do 3.5 stars.
Natalie Wood
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s eternally cold, wet and miserable in uptown Montreal where a ‘bereaved and lust-tormented narrator reconstructs his relations with the dead.’

While my quotation comes from the rear cover blurb for Leonard Cohen’s 1966 novel 'Beautiful Losers', it could serve also as the epigraph for 'Echo from Mount Royal' , a story that captures in barely 190 pages all the repressive hypocrisies of the city and period in which the famed Canadian minstrel grew up. No wonder he fled to Hydra!

Joking apart, the
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Echo from Mount Royal by Dave Riese is a sweeping saga about young Rebecca who finds herself head over heels in love with Sol, a boy from a wealthy family. Told from the perspective of a much older 81-year-old Rebecca, she recalls, in vivid detail, the year 1951, when she was only 18 years old and falling in love for the first time. She’s a bright college student living with her family in Montreal, Canada when her path crosses Sol. Not a typical romance because once they try to get to know each ...more
Billy Buttons
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Echo From the Mount Royal
Author: Dave Riese
Star Rating: 4 Stars
Number of Readers: 16
Editing: 8/10
Style: 7/10
Content: 8/10
Cover/blurb: 7/10
Of the 16 readers:
13 would read another book by this author.
11 thought the cover was good or excellent.
9 thought the writing style worked well for this genre of novel.
9 thought the setting was the best part of the novel.
7 thought the characters were the best pa
Loren Schechter
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The View From Mount Royal, David Riese gives us a reality-based story of a young woman who must adapt to the shattering of her romantic dream. Rebecca Wiseman is a bright college student in Montreal of the 1950s, when women’s options, knowledge and goals were far more limited than today. Swept off her feet by a handsome and super-rich young man, Rebecca is too naïve to believe that differences in social class, wealth and religion will undermine true love. In Riese’s insightful novel, those f ...more
Romuald Dzemo
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Echo from Mount Royal by Dave Riese is a captivating love story set against the backdrop of Montreal in the 1950s, a mesmerizing tale of love and what one woman will do when her romantic dream meets impossible odds. Rebecca Wiseman is a lovely, intelligent college girl who seems to be chasing a very complicated love with a boy from a rich family. Sol might have been a difficult person to be with, but things just get too complicated when the dark secrets of his wealthy family. Can her love be eno ...more
Jae Park
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
I received a free copy of "Echo From Mount Royal" from Goodreads Giveaways, thank you!
The story starts with an older Rebecca being taught how to use a computer by her grandson. She asks to see photos of Montreal from the 1950s, but when she sees one particular picture, she becomes lost in memories.
The book then goes back to the 50s to recapture Rebecca's romance with the love of her life, Sol. Introduced by Rebecca's brother at a dance, they soon become inseparable. As a reader, I was engross
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Echo From Mount Royal” is the first book I’ve read from author David Riese but I certainly hope it’s not the last. He has a gift for writing descriptive, authentic, compelling scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, inside Rebecca and the other characters’ heads, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many other authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative, but instead like a new niche of romance/drama that ser ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book, much more than I expected to. It was almost like a cross between a Nicholas Sparks and a Pat Conroy novel (except it is set in Canada in the 1950’s). The writing is easy to get lost in, and flows seamlessly from one scene to the next even when talking about rough subjects/situations… (and there are some here…) . . I liked how the author used the plane crash to both open and close the novel, as this gave us a sense of things really coming ‘full circle” This novel is broa ...more
Steph Coleman
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Riese demonstrates a strong and almost addicting narrative style and great attention to detail in “Echo From Mount Royal” that kept me eagerly turning the pages of my Kindle late into the evenings. His use of language is vivid and the characters really move the story forward in a though provoking and engaging manner. I loved just sitting around reading the conversations and dialogue with the characters… we feel like we are really there…While I do think some parts could have been pared down ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow, his book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing, but it did take me a few nights. Within the first few pages we are intrigued by the mysterious photograph and then transported back in time to where it all began… I particularly enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were well-crafted and original, and the themes of prejudice, love, and just overall challenges in life were handled with respect and fe ...more
Elizabeth Brown
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Echo from Mount Royal” by David Riese is by far one of the most engaging and best-written novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and absolutely loved the author’s vivid use of description of the different scenery and locales, and his attention to detail, especially with the characters and the time setting. This is so much more than just a “romance” story - it is a story of a life, and overcoming adversity despite the odds. There are some shocking twists, som ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacey by: Goodreads
Shelves: first-reads
First, I wish to thank Goodreads First Reads and author Dave Riese for the good fortune of having won a copy of this wonderful book in a drawing. I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in the 1950's in Montreal, and is a coming of age story centering around an 18 year old girl and her first love. The girl, from a Jewish-Catholic lower middle class working family falls for a wealthy orthodox Jewish boy, whose family does all they can to break the two up. The author does an excellent job captu ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
"Echo from Mount Royal” is an excellent novel that captured my attention from the beginning and never once let it go. Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well crafted. Loved the fast-paced dialogue that propelled the story and I enjoyed the 50’s setting and its quirks, and especially how it played into the romantic drama. Gave it a unique flavor, I think, to see the differences in life back then as opposed to today. Rebecca and Sol have a powerful relationship that is anything but
Linda Marie Marsh
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely well-written story of a wide-eyed love story that took place in Canada in the 50's. Based on fact, it's a realistic story of love, hope and the fight to gain acceptance and independence. A working class girl and an upper class young man just want to be together- but the social differences are simply too much for his family.
I love it when you read a book where the dialogue makes you feel like you are listneing in on a conversation...flowing, not stilted. This book speaks volumes and r
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot of Echo from Mount Royal is nothing new, but I did read to the end, so it held my attention.

What I didn't like about this book:
There are a lot of anachronisms.
Robert the brother works in Ottawa and five pages later he's returning to work in Quebec.
The French - isn't correct.
The story takes place in Montreal, but the writer or researcher didn't use a map.
Holt Renfrew is not Renfrew - it's know as Holt's.

Why use Montreal as a setting when the writer knows so little about the city and its
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I received a free kindle copy from the author. I really enjoyed this book. I am not French but managed to remember some of what I learned in junior high many years ago so there were only a few words I did not understand. Thankfully for me there wasn't a lot to worry about. I think I was in a vindictive mood while reading this because I would have loved to see Ezra and his Mother get their comeuppance. I would recommend this book.
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful slice of love, loss and life.

I was stunned that Echo from Mount Royal was authored by a man. It was well written. I enjoyed all the layers and the realism. I breathed and felt Rebecca's love and sorrow. My thanks to Dave Riese for sharing his gift with me.
We are proud to announce that ECHO FROM MOUNT ROYAL by Dave Riese is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! For a guy who wrote and published his first book -- this is a good one!
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Granted, I'm a little bias, but I really did love it!
J.D. Peterson
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Oct 07, 2016
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept my attention from the first page. I absolutely loved it! Right when you think you know the next move thats around the corner, the author throws a spin on it. Very well done indeed. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book on Goodreads. I highly recommend reading this book.
Susan Toy
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Feb 12, 2015
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Dave Riese enjoys listening to stories friends tell him about their childhood. One day, an elderly friend told him a shocking account of her engagement as an 18-year-old girl in 1950s Montreal. What began as a fascinating story told over a morning cup of coffee became a novel of a young woman caught up in a strange romance.

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