It's a love story, a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and how the pattern of one's life can change dramatically in just a blink of an eye. For Rebecca, this dramatic change was almost her undoing, as she came to realize that, "One cannot escape life. Whatever happens, one must endure." Author Dave Riese has written a very moving romantic tragedy. . .The story is well paced as it grips the reader right from the beginning. A well-crafted story. - Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Readers' Favorite
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. . .Her tale is a reminder of the exhilarating joy first love can bring, and the deep scars it can leave behind.
From the Author
You're a 68-year-old man who grew up Protestant around Boston. Whatever possessed you to write a novel from the point of view of an 18-year-old Jewish girl living in Montreal in 1951?
'Possessed' is the right word.
The inspiration for Echo from Mount Royal came one morning before going to work. Over several years, I'd occasionally meet an elderly Jewish woman in the coffee shop downstairs from my office. We talked 'books,' sharing a similar taste in fiction. When I told her I was retiring, she asked about my future plans. I said I wanted to write short stories "and maybe a novel."
"I've got some stories for you," she said. Over several weeks, she told me many stories about her experiences growing up in Montreal before and after WWII. One morning, soon after I'd finished writing two of the stories she told me, she beckoned to me as if wanting to tell me a secret. "I know you like dark stories," she said. "Here's one I haven't thought about for sixty years."
For the next half hour, she described the events surrounding her engagement at the age of 18 to a young, wealthy man in Montreal in 1951. I was astounded by her story and couldn't get it out of my mind. She invited me to 'write it up,' thinking it would make an interesting short story.
Over the next ten months, I gave her chapters to read. Like the brooms in the Sorcerer's Apprentice, the pages kept coming. When the 300-page manuscript was finished, she hefted the pages laughing, "This weighs more than a short story!" After a year and a half editing, the book was finally published in January 2015.