Customer Reviews

21
4.7 out of 5 stars
Silent Echoes
Format: PaperbackChange
Price:$16.95 + Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
From the moment she first saw the sign, Orphan Asylum, 10 year old Charlotte Perry knew her life would never be the same. Week after week as she sat with her younger siblings waiting for the promised reunion, fear, anger and abandonment silently echoed in Charlotte's broken heart. Emotions she would pass on to another generation. Echos she would hear for a lifetime.

Silent Echos is not just Charlotte's story of survival which was, in its own right, frightening as it was heroic. In vivid detail and easy prose, the author weaves the loss of her mother's childhood into her own life and that of her children. In a time before families were described as "dysfunction" Fowler seemed to know that her life had been foreshadowed by the innocence her mother lost.

After an anxiety-riddled lifetime of failed relationships and being on the move yet never really getting anywhere, a panic driven Fowler was forced to make some changes. With the help of Las Vegas psychiatrist, to whom she affectionately referred as Dr. J., Fowler began facing her the haunting fears, thus breaking the cycle of pain that affected three generations.

Fowler's ability to describe the variety of places the family called home - New York, Ohio, Texas, Las Vegas, and places in between - reads like a travelogue. None so remarkable as the small Florida towns, where both mother and daughter, as if guided by a star, returned on a regular basis. Those early years before hardship settled in was a time when orange groves bloomed, kids went without shoes, and worries seemed to float away on the Daytona Beach tide.

Silent Echos is not just a tale of struggle. It is a story of family relationships that cannot be broken. It is a story of friendships that last a lifetime. It is a story of strong women determined to change the circumstances of their lives. It is a story of hope. It is a story of love.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I often spread a book out over weeks, but I read this in two days. The story was captivating and flowed easily. As I finished one chapter I found myself not willing to stop but reading on into the next and the one after that!
A true story, set in the first half of the twentieth century, it spans three generations of a family experiencing the hardest of times, often down but never out, and emerging bruised, but whole. No doubt it is indicative of many families who lived through the Great Depression, when events resulted not only in financial and physical suffering and loss, but in strained relationships as well. This family showed tremendous strength and resilience, and after many years of soul searching, found healing and peace.
The author has skillfully related her own memories and the stories from her mother in an uplifting book that will live in my heart always.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Marilyn Fowler's "Silent Echoes" is a real page-turner, from the first to the last chapter I was fascinated with the unusual family story, grasped by their trials, challenges and victories. I could relate to the characters and found in their struggles many echoes of my own. Being a strong woman myself I new that one could overcome any obstacles and despite all have a great life. I would recommend this book to all!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
Marilyn had an exceptional way of writing a Memoir into a Fiction read. From the first page to the last, you won't want to put this one down as you follow Charlotte's journey from a heart broken little girl, to an adult. And glimpses of her mothers life as well.

It really hit home for me with the way Marilyn shares the stories of Mother and Daughter from generations past and present. It gets you thinking how each of our parents raised, a father from type of family background and a mother from another type can be brought into their relationship, and as to how they raise their own children. And if you came from a good home life, or not so good, it shows the complex reasons how that plays a huge roll in raising your own children. My book given as a gift, was one of the best reads I have read to date!

This book also shows the strength also of the women of our past generations, and the rights and freedoms women today enjoy from the hard-working women of our past. They endured much for us women to be able to vote, attend school and college, equal pay, and so much more. I love the writing style Marilyn uses to make her characters come alive on the pages!

From the beginning of the 30’s depression era, all the way to today, this read is a part of our lived history. I have the pleasure of knowing the author, and I can tell you she truly is a treasure. I told her how much I enjoyed her book, as I studied ‘Women’s History of the 20’s & 30’s’ and that her book was a way better than my history book.

It's worth your time to purchase and read! It's very worthy of my 5 Stars!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
This remarkable memoir of the lives of both a mother and a daughter, both caught up in the tangled web of life's journey of twists and turns, captures the underlying emotional underpinnings of this riveting storyline. It brings to the surface raw human emotion, and displays the uncertainty of consequences of life's choices, with the resultant effects sometimes rewarding, but sometimes fraught with ambivalence and irresolution.

"Silent Echoes" is the type of story which depicts the many underlying layers of these two very strong women's emotions, as they both try to face life head-on with its many challenges, both women possessed of personalities that cycle rapidly, sometimes meeting in harmony, and at other times bringing these two protagonists into open conflict. It brings forth the true essence of these two women's lives--their joys, sorrows, and deeply personal tragedies. This is a timeless story of love, rejection, and the joys of ultimate redemption.

I highly recommend "Silent Echoes" as an insightful reading experience, one which will truly lift the human spirit. The psychological undertones flowing through the chapters of these two women's lives reveal the challenges we all may face on our own precarious journey through life. The timeless revelations encaptured in this most inspirational book, "Silent Echoes," brings to the reader a wonderful story of both physical and psychological survival.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I read the book assigned reading for an adult education class discussion, and had a hard time finishing it. The story spans three generations of a woman's family from the 1920's to the present, set mostly in Ohio and Florida. It's not great literature or a can't-put-it-down book, but readers who enjoy reading rather melodramatic tragic-turned-triumphant family histories will probably enjoy it.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on August 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I found myself involved with this memoir. Marilyn has taken us on her journey by beginning with her mother's journey. I think we all need to understand where I parents came from to understand where we are. Marilyn is as honest about her own experiences as she was about her mother's. What a marvelous recovery from disappointment in a parent to compassion and love, understanding that parent did they best they could do for their child, probably better than what was done for them. Which is all we as parents can hope for, to do better for our children.

As I read Marilyn's wonderful insights, I realized how similar my path was, grasping for understanding of my less than perfect mother, the pain she must have endured.

I recommend this book for all daughters.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on June 14, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
"Silent Echoes" by Marilyn Fowler is an engaging and true story that grabbed my attention from the very first page. Marilyn writes in such a detailed manner that I found myself truly "feeling" the emotions of joy and despair as she described the trials and tribulations her family faced over and over again. From living through the depression era and beyond, as well as dealing with challenging family dynamics, little came easy to Marilyn and her kin. Finally, the book leaves the reader with a sense of hope and joy and realization that in spite of how very bad things may be or seem, it can get better and life can be very good.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on July 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Marilyn Fowler's Silent Echoes was a memorable reading experience, as it captivated me from the very first page. The author has a skillful way of vividly describing the human experience, as if one was present in that time. My heart ached along with hers during the disappointments and hurts, and it rejoiced in the blessings. Her story is one that many can relate to, whether they experienced the Great Depression firsthand or learned about it in school. It shows how perseverance, hope, and determination can truly change one's life and can break the cycle of fear and inadequacy. Definitely a "must-read"!!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on August 29, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Silent echoes is about three generations of a family's trials and tribulations that began in the depression years and continued through today. As you read about Charlotte Perry's struggles from wealth to poverty, you begin to feel her pain and her sorrow she experiences in her life. But most of all, you feel the love she has for her children. Her greatest gift to them is the ability to be survivors as adults and handle whatever obstacles they may face. This book is very moving and a must read.

Thank you Marilyn Fowler, for an amazing book that will live in my heart forever.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Your Recently Viewed Items and Featured Recommendations 
 

After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in.