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Echoes by Danielle Steel
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Sep 08, 2009

bookshelves: advisory-2009-2010
Read in October, 2009

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 to them. She lives her life heartbroken as the ones she loves slowly leave her. The story continues with her life trying to avoid the Nazis and the many laws that discrimminate Jews, even though she has converted into a Catholic. Eventually, the story becomes her daughters, and the struggle that she goes through after her mother and sister are discovered to be originally jewish. The tale is epic and heart wrenching but without a doubt brilliant.

In my opinion, Steel is a one of a kind writer and her work, Echoes, does not disappoint her fans. The story is catchy, along with her many other novels. I recommend this book to individuals who love romance novels especially. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars because it held all the components of a great book.
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