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Echoes (The Michelli Family Series #3) Paperback – September 1, 2007
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The whimper came, no more than a note of longing--or fear--in a child's throat. Sofie reacted instinctively, each nerve pulled taut. But when she opened her eyes, there was no warm, damp cheek, no tiny brow wrinkled with sleep-swept worries. She sank back as sorrow, marrow deep, found a familiar fit.....
Even in the midst of her affectionate and chaotic Italian family in the Bronx, Sofie Michelli feels alone. Caught in a net of loss and despair, Sofie knows it is time to let go, to start again.
Rese is not sure what to make of Lance Michelli's healing gift, but she feels protective of this humbled version of the swaggering man who turned her life inside out. As they find new footing, the Sonoma villa they once intended as an inn becomes a refuge for the downtrodden--including Lance's sister Sofie.
Driven to protect the weak and innocent, Child Protective Service worker Matt Hammond responds to a call and finds an infant abandoned to the care of an odd assortment of misfits. He reserves judgment on the unconventional caregivers--who both concern and fascinate him--but he is especially drawn to Sofie, the mesmerizing woman with a dancer's poise, eyes like dark copper pennies--and scars on her wrists.
About the Author
Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels, including Freefall, Halos, A Rush of Wings, and the Christy Award winner Secrets. She and her husband, Jim, and their family live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she serves as worship leader in their church. Visit Kristen's Web site at www.kristenheitzmann.com
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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’s Mother who is now living with them instead of in a mental health facility. She isn’t always in the present but Star has a way with her. In addition, a young homeless girl is here and she has just had a baby. When the baby was born, he had a cleft palate and he wasn’t breathing. Lance took him and placed his hand over the baby’s nose and mouth. The baby began to breathe and the cleft palate was fixed. Lance claimed there was no cleft palate but the others believe differently. Lance’s sister Sofia comes to live with them and was there when the girl handed her baby to Lance and told him the baby was his and she left. Sofia and Nonna take over taking care of the baby as long as he is here. Child protective services is called in and Matt Hammond comes to see them. He is taken with Sofia.
Sofia has left New York and come to Sonoma to work on her dissertation and to get away from a broken heart. The man she was with was very controlling. He is passionately controlling with his daughter Carly. He told Carly that Sofia had died but she found Sofia’s phone number in his phone and called her. She didn’t talk but did hear Sofia’s voice. When he catches her with his phone, she said she was looking for games. She said her friend Drew told her there were games on phones. The next thing she knows, Drew’s dog has been killed. Could her dad have done that? Why would he? Why would he lie about Sofia?
Between Rese’s mother’s insanity, Star’s eccentricity, Nonna’s age, Lance’s new ability to ‘fix’ things, Matt and Sofia and the baby, and Carly and her father, the plot just thickens. It is a hard book to put down.
You'll love this trio of books!!
I recommend reading the books in order, they deepen and build on each other. The first two are "Secrets" and "Unforgotten". The first two books revolve around Lance Michelli hunting down the secrets of his past, but has to contend with Rese... who bought his family's old house in Sonoma. This book is the story of his sister, Sophie...
If you want a synopsis, there's plenty of very good ones already written in the reviews section :) I'm just here to say these books are a VERY good read.