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Echoes (Michelli Family #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,695 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Romantic suspense from a bestselling novelist. Sequel to "Unforgotten," Sofie Michelli goes to Sonoma to unravel her past, but returns to face the future.
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Published September 1st 2007 by Bethany House Publishers
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I liked this conclusion to the series though there was some difficult/frustrating parts for me.

Matt is a social worker, working mainly with difficult situations where children are taken from abusive homes. These parts were difficult to read. I know it happens but difficult to see how parents can mistreat their children.

Sofie - my emotions went from liking her, feeling sorry for her and being frustrated with her. I know emotional abuse is serious but still being affected 6 years later seems more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ah! What can I say about this book? I was sooo sad when it ended! Sofie's story is amazing! And I love how Lance and Rese's story also wrapped itself up without taking away from Sofie's story....even Rico and Star seem to have a happy ending even though they are supporting characters Loved Loved this book and the entire series!! As the author states in her acknowledgements......To God be the glory! Beautiful series from beginning to end!
Kim Dennis
May 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I wanted to like this book -- I really did. I waffled between a 2 and 3 star rating. In the end I went with the 2 star because when it comes down to it, if anyone asked me, I would say don't read it. After the second book, I was a little wary. I struggled getting into this one, largely because it picked up with some of my issues from the 2nd book. There were religious things in the book that I felt were treated too lightly. Not that Heitzmann was making light of them at all, but the sheer repeti ...more
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, fiction
Finished Echoes by K Heitzmann. There is a kind of love that is too much, turned selfish, possessive, obsessive, manipulative&controlling. It is upleft scary, downright frightening & revolvingly terrifying. Then there is another kind of love that is selfless, freeing, empowering, unconditional, the kind that Jesus gave u...s when He died on d'cross for our sins. It is up to U to ask Him 2come n2 ur heart&dwell inside.

The kind of love that is so selfless it sacrifices everything even
Tamara Tilley
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ECHOES is the conclusion to two previous books by Kristen Heitzmann, SECRETS and UNFORGOTTEN. I was so excited to be able to read about Lance and Rese again, characters that I really enjoyed, but ECHOES is mainly centered around Lance’s sister Sofie, a woman with struggling to make sense of a difficult past.

I liked ECHOES, though at times, I felt frustrated by Sofie. Sofie is a woman suffering from the mental abuse of her previous relationship. A suicide survivor, she decides she needs a change
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 of the Micelli saga. Audiobook The last of the 3 books about the Micellis! Loved it. This one focuses more on Sofie, Lance's sister, who comes to Sonoma to visit Lance, Rece & Nonna and get on with her life. We find she had loved a man & his daughter like her own, but it was a destructive relationship. Six years later, she starts receiving strange phone calls--who turn out to be Carli.

When Rese & Lance take in a Mexican girl and her baby, Child Protective Service worker Matt
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Heitzmann book thus far: the plot is fast, the setting perfect and the conclusion well worth the wait.

The characters’ physical, emotional and spiritual journeys are realistic. How encouraging that most of their journeys lead to personal relationships with Christ! If and when they acknowledge God’s gift of love/grace/mercy/forgiveness/hope, Hetizmann’s characters are born anew and used in unique ways to bring glory to Him.

Yes, I want to pray like Lance, encourage like Nonna,
Dec 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i would give this 3 1/2 stars. this was my first venture in christian novels - the story was pretty good and kept my interest, but the praying just seemed to be added and not an intergrel part of the story.

the story involved a large italian family - some living in new york city and some in the bay area. Sophie one of the sisters has survived a very hard breakup in a relationship but the man and his daughter are trying to get back into her life. The family steps in for support and a child welfare
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this third book in the trilogy best, the second almost as much, and both of them more than the 1st book, although that was good, too. I'm not even sure I can say why, except maybe just getting to know the characters more through each book made them more sympathetic, maybe?
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love love love this series
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
very good last book in a series - read in order
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the second one. The shift to more of a focus on Sofie as opposed to Lance and Rese did not bother me. It's not like their storyline was dropped, it just wasn't the main focus.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, romance
Love Sophie and Matt! As we know...All things are possible with God!!
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful series, fully enjoyable
Kathy Mizell
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A peaceful mind for Carly

I chose to give this book a five because it was near perfect. It touches so many people by the characters in this book. It has answers, poses questions, takes you to God to help find the way you should go. This book can touch a teenager, middle age person or an older person. Please read this book and the two ahead of it in the series. Feel good, fall in love and try to understand these people from all walks of life.
Annie W
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I wasn't as thrilled with this book three as I was with the fist two of the series, but as always, Heitzmann brings a wonderful story of love, tragedy, and heartache, but always, God and love.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lance and Rese take more of a side role in this book, with his sister Sophie being the focus. Her story is very psychologically intense so it was harder to read through. Less mystery and more anxiety. A lot of things I really liked in how she brought healing to the different stories, but some of it was hard to get through because of the intensity. Definitely liked the first two books better.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love how everything and everyone is brought full circle in book three.
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Echoes by Kristen Heitzman is the sequel to Unforgotten. It is a little faster than Unforgotten and I think it is because they are back in Sonoma.
Lance and Rese are back at the Inn, although it isn’t going to be a bed and breakfast. Lance has made Rese upset with him by his not telling her the entire truth. His Nonna has come to live with them from New York City. She is now back in the little room behind the kitchen that was her Nonno’s. Star has come back to stay and she helps take care of Rese
Janet Sketchley
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
In this conclusion to the Michelli Family series, we follow Lance and Rese’s story (and their house full of family and friends) but the main plot introduces us to Lance’s sister, Sofie, and child protection worker Matt Hammond.

You could start with this book, but you’d miss the chance to know the characters better. I recommend starting with book 1, Secrets.

Echoes is perhaps the heaviest read in the series, because of the emotional abuse certain characters have suffered. As with the other books, w
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kristen Heitzmann's concluding story, Echoes which follows the remarkable Secrets and Unforgotten is both draining and uplifting. This story delves deeply in to the heart and mind of a women almost consumed by the "love" of a charismatic yet emotionally unhealthy man. Sofie's journey is painful and agonisingly real as she searches for truth and healing. Matt is also deeply troubled by his past, burdened with anger and bitterness against his unforgiving father and attempting to assuage his own gu ...more
Celeste Batchelor
I have read all the books in this series, although it was a while ago. I liked the other books much better. In this book the author makes one of the characters a "miracle worker" and I just find that going a bit too far in a Christian romance. I do believe in miracles, but was not impressed or uplifted by the method used in this book. It was nice to see how the characters stories end, but I was not terribly impressed with this book like I was with the others.

One very positive aspect is the absti
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciated this book and especially how it gave true fulfillment in seeing the progression of the relationship between Lance and Rese in which there was true development and growth in their understanding of one another, of their individual and joint relationships with the Lord, and the reality of learning to be open and willing in their communication with one another. Of course it was also nice to see Sofi find peace and resolution in her own life and together with Matt and Carly. To b ...more
Linda Husvar
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This conclusion to the Michelli Family Series was magnificent in character development, family drama, and mystery. As a retired social worker, I especially appreciated Matt's role as a child welfare protective services worker. Stef's professional psychiatric expertise and her personal relationship with Matt and Carly were starkly real. The author skillfully wove the lives of the other characters into the family drama. I loved how the villa became a refuge for the characters and the New York home ...more
Jessica Krall
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what an amazing conclusion to this trilogy by Kristen Heitzmann!! I'm very sad to have finished as I find I have many, many more questions! I feel so intertwined with these characters; I'm not ready to say goodbye! :( I'm hoping God will inspire Mrs. Heitzmann to revisit these several families again and give us a literary update! Such great themes throughout the book of friendship, faith, love and the strength of family...I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was very happy at how everything en ...more
Jeni Enjaian
I feel like Heitzmann tried to do too much with these books. She never really resolved Lance and Rese's story, at least not with any depth simply because this book focused on Lance's sister Sofie and her "boyfriend" Matt Hammond. Their story I liked but it felt crammed in the wrong space. They should have had their own book after the whole Lance and Rese story came to a conclusion. Also, I'm not a huge fan of Lance's sudden propensity to performing miracles. While I'm not ruling out the possibil ...more
Trudy E
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of me hated to see this series end. This book is also about Lance and Rese and their life together, and with friends and family. Each book delves a little deeper into the spiritual aspects of the characters.
In Echoes, Sofie Michelli, (Lance's sister)comes to the villa in Sonoma to heal and start over. New circumstances bring her past hurts to the forefront and she must choose whether to take a chance on new relationships. At times romantic, suspenseful, and thought-provoking in a religious
Likely because this was the third book in the series and I hadn't read the other two, I was initially very lost. I could not keep characters straight and didn't understand what was going on a number of times because I didn't know the history. I also had a hard time keeping focus -- in other words, I didn't have a hard time putting this book down whenever something came up. Even near the end when the big altercation occurred, I can't say that I was surprised about how it was resolved. Although no ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I liked the book. I almost put it down when I first started reading it because it was moving really slow. Also because there were hints of SOMETHING happening (past and present) to characters but it seemed to drag out annoyingly.

I absolutely loved the Italian phrases used and the English translations. It made the read personal. Also, the quotes from Star and the Grandmother. They seemed to have a quote or reference for everything.

Slow beginning but good ending. I didn't really get pull
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing...I could hardly put it down!! A sequel to Unforgotten and Secrets, this story centered on Sofie, Lance's sister and her struggles with obsessive and possessive love. Kristen writes in such an intriguing and real way...the characters completely come alive and their struggles become your own. I also loved how, even though the story was not centered on Lance and Rese, they had a share of the action and their story was wonderfully concluded. I can't wait to read more of Kriste ...more
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Kristen Heitzmann is the award winning author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical series. An artist and musician, she'll also be found hiking the Rocky Mountain trails.
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