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Echo from Mount Royal by [Riese, Dave]
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2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award: Winner in the General Fiction/Novel (over 80k words) category.
2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award: Second Place Grand Prize Winner for all fiction books entered in the contest. 

A great choice for anyone who enjoys smart romances novels. Riese has done his homework on the history of Montreal and weaves it through this steamy romance.  - Meghan Ryanon 

The dialogue is realistic and the settings are so visual that I often felt I was there too. This narrative has a tone of suspense and it is difficult to put the book down. There is a complex and poignant quality to the writing style that keeps the story alive long after the book is finished.  - Rhoada Wald 

 
Seldom do I pick up a book in the romance category, but this one was a winner. The author does a terrific job of putting you under the skin of this young woman who has fallen in love and then the heartache she suffers at the whim of a family who feels she isn't a good fit. Great book for beach/vacation reading.  - Maureen Barstow

A realistic story of love, hope and the fight to gain acceptance and independence. A working class girl and an upper class young man just want to be together--but the social differences are simply too much for his family. The dialogue makes you feel like you are listening in on a conversation. . .flowing, not stilted. This book speaks volumes and really touched my heart.  - Linda Marie Marsh

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. 
Rebecca is a very likable character [who] thinks that love is more than enough to conquer complex issues such as class and religion. . .From the opening pages, I was hooked on her narrative. Sol is a very complicated character. . .He is mistrusting and has a very complicated relationship with his family. When disturbing family conflicts come to the surface, Rebecca tries her hardest to make him believe that her love and support is all he needs.
Full of vivid descriptions, crisp dialogue and a headstrong female protagonist at its center, this book left me emotionally exhausted but equally sad to see it end.  - Malka Ahmed, Contemporary-Books.com

From the Author

I'm often asked this question:
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?
 
My answer?
'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.

Product details

  • File Size: 1124 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939166578
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Merrimack Media (January 5, 2015)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RUYQ5N0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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