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Echoes of Family

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  838 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Sometimes the only way through darkness is to return to where it began.

Marianne Stokes fled England at seventeen, spiraling into the manic depression that would become her shadow. She left behind secrets, memories, and tragedy: one teen dead, and her first love, Gabriel, badly injured. Three decades later she’s finally found peace in the North Carolina recording studio she
Paperback, 412 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Marianne Stokes lives in North Carolina and runs a record producing studio with her husband Darius. Marianne has been managing her bipolar disorder since she was in her late teens. Marianne has an pseudo daughter named Jade who is a young adult, and also manages the studio. Jade has been cared for by the Strokes since she was a teenage runaway. Darius and Jade are Marianne’s support system who love and care for her dearly.

Marianne has just been involved in a car accident where a fatality has occ
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I listened to this on audio. A few of my favorite things about this book:
~ The theme of mental illness and families.
~ Marianne's Bipolar Disorder felt genuine and completely realistic.
~ The dialogue between the characters read perfectly.
~ The alternating voices gave each family member's perspective on living with a loved one with a mental illness, while also gaining insight into each character's own development.
~ The North Carolina setting in a little town where I lived in college was just
Deborah Blanchard
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are no words to adequately express how I feel about this book, but I will do my best. Barbara Claypole-White has written a touching, authentic compassionate book about bipolar disorder. This book touched me on such a personal level, as I also deal with having this disorder. She has done her research. She has captured the very essence of this disease. She also made me understand how this disease affects all those around us, something that I never gave much thought to unfortunately. This is ...more
Marianne Montgomery is a woman of extremes. She is a powerful force in the recording industry, with her business Nightjar Recording. Her marriage to Darius, an ex-rocker and great talent, has pushed the success of the business to great heights; he loves her passionately and unconditionally, a triumph of faith after divorces for both of them. Marianne took Jade, now thirty, into her life when the destitute teen was found homeless, carrying a violin, and made her a part of her family. The ability ...more
Judy Collins
From the author of The Perfect Son (2015) A Brit, now residing in NC, Barbara Claypole White follows with another poignant and emotional story of an unconventional family- ECHOES OF FAMILY the darkness of mental illness, tragedy, guilt, regret, and secrets of the past- mixed with wit and compassion.

“You’re never truly lost if someone cares enough to come find you. Lost is waiting to be found.”

Marianne is a successful forty-something musician. She also is the founder of a non-profit group, a
Theresa Alan
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written story of Marianne, who has battled bipolar disorder for thirty years. When she’s medicated, she has been able to run a successful recording studio and run a charity for teens in trouble called Girls in Motion. It was through that charity that she came to unofficially adopt Jade when she was 16 (Jade is now almost thirty at the start of the novel). Marianne isn’t the cause of a car accident that causes a woman to give birth to a seven-month-along still born, but she ...more
Barbara White
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As always, there are echoes of my own life in this novel: my deep love for my childhood village in England, my passion for chipping away at the stereotypes of mental illness, my desire to find hope in the darkness and isolation of life with a broken mind. Marianne was a hard character to write, but I hope her true voice outshines her extreme mood swings…because a person is not his or her disorder. Marianne Stokes is a complex, successful woman who happens to be manic-depressive. I think she rock ...more
Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
Echoes of Family drew me in from the first chapters. There are already many, many reviews that you can read if you want to know more of the plot.

Ms. White has taken a sensitive and often misunderstood mental illness, bi-polar disorder, and helped us to understand what it’s like to live with it. She has crafted a novel with much love surrounding the main character, Marianne, who has been dealing with the disease since she was 17. The characters in this book are unique, flawed, very well describe
Catherine McKenzie
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Are you a fan of Mathew Quick? Or just great books? Put this on your to-read list. Trust me.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This is second book by Barbara Claypole White that I've read and it certainly didn't disappoint but, at least for me, it wasn't as good as " The Perfect Son". The latter left me longing to read it all over again ( and I will at some point, I'm sure) while this one didn't fully engage me. The characters are extremely well defined, especially Marianne, who is bipolar and whom we see in all her unmedicated glory when she goes off her meds, and trust me, it wasn't pretty. The rest of the ensemble ( ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Marianne Stokes having fled a tragic past that has haunted her for her whole adult life with a depression that she can never quite overcome, has returned to the place she had hoped to never see again after another tragedy that causes her to return home. Returning to her childhood Village she meets Gabriel again, her first love, now the Village Vicar who accepts her return with no questions asked. But her escape is not to be as planned and her family tracks her down and ultimately the only resolu ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marianne has struggled with manic depression since she was 17 when a fatal accident triggered her spiral. Thirty years later she’s driven to return to her childhood home - an ocean away from her husband, an “adopted” daughter, and successful recording studio. As she reunites with the other survivor of the accident, she’s still uncertain why she returned - what’s she looking for?

This author expresses the inner workings of a manic-depressive mind with skill and compassion. White addresses her main
Rated 4.5 - I was reminded of two of my favorite books while reading this story. ECHOES OF FAMILY by Barbara Claypole White weaves a hint of tempestuous saga, as in THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough but with a plausible happy ending. It also illuminates the country quirkiness of rural English life, which reminds me of James Herriot’s ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL. Ms. White’s talent combines great characteristics of storytelling that engage every emotion.

Marianne Stokes is not an easy person
Jenni Ogden
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Barbara Claypole White knows how to take her readers inside her challenged characters and see and feel their world almost through their senses and thoughts. “Echoes of Family” goes to another level from her best selling “The Perfect Son” where the characters were compelling but relatively gentle in their behaviors. Every character in her new novel has deep psychological or psychiatric or childhood challenges to grapple with, but the masterpiece of characterization is Marianne, the central charac ...more
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book!! This book pulled me in from the start. The writing is magnificent. Barbara Claypole White is now on my list of favorite writers. The story deals with Bipolar depression and while that is not always a subject that is pleasant to read about, Ms. White does it beautifully here. It is witty, charming and heart wrenching. I loved the characters in this book: Marianne, Darius and especially Gabriel and Jade. The diaglogue between Gabriel and Jade was superb!! There is a part in the bo ...more
Priscille Sibley
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, book-pregnant
I've read all of Barbara Claypole White's novels, and I've thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them, but this is without any doubt her best. In it she creates extraordinarily vivid characters. Marianne, a forty-something music producer has been tormented her entire life by bi-polar disorder. It isn't a disease that can be fixed. It is a fragile tightrope that must be walked. She is flawed, and she is struggling, and her family history and choices she made in the past must be reckoned with i ...more
leslie hamod
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this author!
I looked forward to reading this book because I have loved the previous books I have read by Barbara Claypole White. And it did not disappoint! At first I was a little disoriented as I started to read. We meet Marianne - a woman who has to cope with a manic depressive illness. At the beginning of the story she is about to go into a full blown episode of mania.

Marianne is a successful woman and a courageous one. Yet she has carried along with her a past that haunts her, and now is the time for h
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"You're never truly lost if someone cares enough to come find you. Lost is waiting to be found."

I have read all of Barbara Claypole White's novels and enjoyed them but this is the first book that I've read in a long time that I wanted to start reading again as soon as I read the last page. Trust me - it's that fantastic.

Marianne, the main character, is manic depressive and at the start of the book is spiraling out of control and decides to return to England - where she grew up and where her pas
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Echoes of Family centers on Marianne, a woman who suffers from manic-depression, and a tragedy that happened when she was still a teenager that she is unable to deal with, even after decades.

In the story, Marianne re-encounters Gabriel, her first love, who was also central to that long-ago tragedy, and who also has had difficulty leaving the past behind.

This was a good book, certainly not one of my favorites, but definitely worth a read.

Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an
Melanie Bowles
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an enormous treat it was to receive this ARC (Advance Review Copy) of ECHOES OF FAMILY by Barbara Claypole White. Right from the opening, we're plunged into a family crisis with mental illness at the center. Barbara navigates these choppy waters with genuine heart and brave yet sensitive writing. The ending wasn't tied up with a neat (and unrealistic) pretty bow, but it was rich and satisfying. It left me feeling hopeful... We all have struggles, but so often we discover we're stronger than ...more
Joy D
A woman struggling with bipolar disorder journeys back to her roots in the English countryside, attempting to come to grips with current and past trauma. Along with mental illness, this book touches on guilt, forgiveness, jealousy, the bonds of first love, families forged through life experience, and healing. I thought the author did an excellent job of describing the nature of bipolar disorder, and how disruptive it can be. Characters were well-formed and interesting. I would have preferred a d ...more
Jill Anderson
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wfwa
If anyone can make us understand the struggles of mental illness, it is this author.

We are introduced to Marianne, who is in a manic bipolar tailspin and on her way across the ocean from North Carolina to her hometown in England. The past has crawled back inside her head, and the only way she can move forward with some peace is to connect again with her teenage friend, Gabriel… who also happens to be her first love.

I fell in love with Gabriel right away. This kind, sexy, town vicar does everythi
Patricia Sands
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intensely satisfying read!

Complex characters cleverly crafted in a plot that demands focus and commitment. Barbara Claypole White's obvious knowledge of her subject matter gives her unique tools to take readers on an unforgettable journey.
Lolly K Dandeneau
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Been in and out of places like this since I was thirteen. First they called it aggressive behavior. Last time they said bipolar depression. They make sh*t up worse than we do.”

That line by the young character in Marianne’s story made me laugh and rang beautifully true of the frustration those dealing with mental health issues must feel. This novel, more than anything else, shows the real struggle such patients and their loved ones face. Echoes of Family g
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If she'd passed him on the street, he would have been a stranger, this man who had once been her co-conspirator, her conscience when she didn't have one, her best friend, her childhood sweetheart, her first love. The guy who represented childish pranks and first gropes. The person who had every reason, plus a few extra, to hate her.

It seemed he was stuck in a repeating pattern of dysfunction, dating and marrying crazy like a repeat offender who'd never heard of three strikes.

Bonnye Reed
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
GNAB I received a free electronic copy of this novel on September 10 from Netgalley, Barbara Claypole White, and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your hard work with me.

Barbara Claypole White is a favorite author of mine, so there was no hardship in reading this book. And as always, she brings us into a world completely out of our comfort zone, and shines on us a light of understanding.

Marianne is a successful 40-something musician, founder of a no
Christine Moore
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received an e-copy of the book from NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing. Thank you so very much.
This book was about Marianne who has bipolar. When she was 17, an horrible tragedy happened and she has been in and out of institutions trying to get her meds correct and attempted suicide more than once. She grew up in a small England town and her very best friend was Gabriel. She is now living in North Carolina and owns/runs a record producing company. She is a Mom to Jade who came to live with he
Karen Kay
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received ARC from in exchange for a review.

This is a story about Marianne who is bi-polar, how she lives with the disease and how it affects other people in her life. The book was good and kept my interest, but distressing to read while Marianne was in a full blown mania attack. This book is about regret, recovery, redemption and hope. I give it a solid 4 stars.

"You are never truly lost if someone cares enough to come find you. Lost is waiting to get found."
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Living with bipolar disorder, as the diagnosed or as the family, is a turbulent roller coaster. The highs are high, and the lows are low. Having experienced this throughout my life with loved ones, Barbara Claypole White hit the nail on the head. She brought forth the ups and the downs and all the emotions that go with it!
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“There is no reprieve when you have a broken mind; cease-fires are rare. Even on good days,
you know everything could change on a dime. Fear is your constant shadow”
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