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Echo from Mount Royal by [Riese, Dave]
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1950s Montreal. A young woman from a working class, Catholic-Jewish family blindly falls in love with a handsome, wealthy, Jewish orthodox man. The courtship is a romantic dream, but class, religion and sexual secrets test their love, leading to a shocking, life-changing revelation.

"A bittersweet story of love and loss set in one of the most colorful cities on the planet in its film-noirish heyday." - Peter Behrens, author of Law of Dreams and The O'Briens

Book Review - Echo from Mount Royal by Dave Riese

"I had discovered the secret of existence.
One cannot escape life.
Whatever happens, one must endure"
-Rebecca, Echo from Mount Royal

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. Told from the perspective of a much older 81-year-old Rebecca, she recalls, in vivid detail, the year 1951, when she was only 18 years old and falling in love for the first time. She's a bright college student living with her family in Montreal, Canada when her path crosses Sol. Not a typical romance because once they try to get to know each other as a couple, their own respective backgrounds and family secrets begin to surface, threatening to tear them apart. Firmly believing that love is more than enough to overcome any of the issues that they face, her tale is a reminder of the exhilarating joy first love can bring, and the deep scars it can leave behind. This story is full of great discussion topics such as first love, religion and social class, which is why it makes for an ideal read for a Book Club.  

Rebecca is a very likable character. Even though she is very headstrong, she's very naïve to think that love is more than enough to conquer all complex issues such as class and religion. Despite all the roadblocks that she's faced in her quest to remain with Sol, she fights hard and passionately in the love that she believes she deserves. From the opening pages, I was hooked on her narrative. Generally, I'm not a fan of prologues, but this prologue was executed perfectly in the sense that it made me hungry for the story. The tale begins in 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts and 81 year old Rebecca reaches back into her memory to conjure up the Montreal she knew in 1951. Rich in details, and vivid descriptions to bring many different scenes to life.

The story gives just enough backstory on her family so that the characters leap from the page during each scene. This aspect is key, because the story deals with many class issues, and having intimate knowledge about Rebecca's middle-class family is vital for when she is introduced into Sol's world of wealth and upper-class privilege. The author does a very good job at showing the readers how Rebecca struggles to try and find a place into Sol's world. For example, when both of them are dining at a fancy restaurant, Rebecca comments that she felt like she'd "sneaked into a theatre without paying."

Sol is a very complicated character, from the very beginning as a reader, you find that there is something very mysterious about him. He is mistrusting and has a very complicated relationship with his family. When terrifying family secrets come to the surface, Rebecca tries her hardest to make him believe that her love and support is all he needs.

"Echo from Mount Royal" is mostly a tale about a young girl maturing and recognizing the kind of love she really deserves, versus a boy meets girl type of tale. 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1124 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939166578
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Merrimack Media (5 January 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RUYQ5N0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #929,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 4.6 out of 5 stars 34 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very refreshing 5 October 2016
By Stephanie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thought this book was very interesting because it gives you a look into the main character’s past. I wasn’t expecting this story to be a love story which it does turn out to be, but you have to wait for it. The story is a little slow at first, but it eventually picks up speed and takes you right back to the beginning giving you a full circle story which is very rare in a lot of books. The writing was well thought out because of the detail put into the story you would think that you were part of it. It’s hard to get books like that sometimes which is why I was trying to take my time reading it. Overall I would give the book 4 stars. It’s not the best book I’ve read in a while but it’s definitely worth a read if you’re looking for something different. It gave me a whole new perspective on relationships that I didn’t know I needed or even existed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read! 1 March 2015
By StaceyN - Published on
First, I wish to thank Goodreads First Reads and author David Riese for the good fortune of having won a copy of this wonderful book in a drawing. I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in the 1950's in Montreal, and is a coming of age story centering around an 18 year old girl and her first love. The girl, from a Jewish-Catholic lower middle class working family falls for a wealthy orthodox Jewish boy, whose family does all they can to break the two up. The author does an excellent job capturing the feel of those years. Excellent character and plot development. I really felt for the characters and did shed some tears.
4.0 out of 5 stars It does not read so much as a ‘tourist’ photo as one taking to remember a time in the people’s life when things were good. Rebec 18 October 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Echo from Mount Royal by Dave Riese is a story of two people from two different Religious backgrounds facing the trials and tribulations as they navigate through courtship and find a balance. The cover for the book has an old black and white photography of whom the reader persons is the young women in the book. She is standing on a balcony with the backdrop of a city while she is off to one side. It does not read so much as a ‘tourist’ photo as one taking to remember a time in the people’s life when things were good.
Rebecca Wiseman is an 81-year-old Mother, and Grandmother who has been coerced by her daughter to get a computer, so her 12 year old grandson comes over to teach her how to use the computer and helping her send an email to her friend when she was a young girl. While waiting he helps her look up photos of Montreal in the 1950’s and memories of her life in start to flood back. Both good and bad.
The setting of this book is within the 1950’s so the characters should feel like real people from that era. The pink poodle skirt and swing dancing is just part of what made the characters realistic as they move along the story. Rebecca’s memories are told by her but not in a narrative fashion as if she is reciting the tale to them, but as memories that take the reader on this journey with her.
Normally I don’t find a connection with characters, yet with Rebecca I could not help to find some connections with her. Mostly on how she felt with meeting Sol and all the feelings and thoughts she had wondering if he liked her or not.
I did not think I would enjoy this book but I did. It is different from what I normally read.
and I found nothing about it that I can say anything negative. The writing style keeps the story flowing so there is no down time between scene changes and character interaction. I do recommend this book for anyone that enjoyed romance style books that have an actual story line that is compelling and not just pure smut. The story line is more toward the realistic theme with in a fictional genre. This books is more for older teens and adults due they would find it more intriguing.
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story of young love and class prejudice set in 1950s Montreal 23 June 2016
By The Wishing Shelf Awards - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Echo From the Mount Royal
Author: Dave Riese
Star Rating: 4 Stars
Number of Readers: 16
Editing: 8/10
Style: 7/10
Content: 8/10
Cover/blurb: 7/10
Of the 16 readers:
13 would read another book by this author.
11 thought the cover was good or excellent.
9 thought the writing style worked well for this genre of novel.
9 thought the setting was the best part of the novel.
7 thought the characters were the best part of the novel.
Readers’ Comments
‘A novel of young love and class prejudice. Interesting story with a fab cover.’ Female reader, aged 54
‘The 1950s Montreal setting is very interesting. Also, the characters, particularly Rebecca, are well-developed. The pace is a little slow in parts but the mystery element is excellent.’ Male reader, aged 44
‘A little more to this than the usual romance. The writing style was also accessible. The ending might need work as it was a tad slow.’ Male reader, aged 36
‘I do enjoy a good romance. And this is good. The Montreal setting is the best part of the story and helps carry the plot. Cool cover and enticing blurb.’ Female reader, aged 55
‘Good read. The author works well with speech and description of character and setting. The plot was too slow for me but it was much better than most romance novels on the market.’ Female reader (publisher), aged 43

‘A fascinating story of young love and class prejudice set in 1950s Montreal. A RED RIBBON winner and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching love story. 11 September 2016
By Mimi Jazman - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Echo from Mount Royal is a book that revolves around the life of Rebecca, from her younger age to her recent year. I like the main idea of this book and the story-telling element, which is a flashback from Rebecca whom now is 81 years old in the year of 2014. Most of the scenes in this book takes place in Montreal, Canada, in the 1950's.The idea of this book is really simple, an 18 years old girl who experiences her first love and think that her love could conquer all despite the different class and standard of living they are in. It is simple but it touches my heart in so many ways. This book reminds me of how powerful first love could be, six decades later and Rebecca still remembers everything perfectly. At times, I am so frustrated with Rebecca who seems so innocent and believes Sol for everything but then this is a girl who blindly falls in love with a handsome guy that was controlled by his wealthy family. The measure Rebecca goes to be with Sol is totally heartbreaking, there are so many things happened, so many interventions but she sticks with her decision. Rebecca is an amazing lead character that reminds me of Rose from Titanic because of how strong-headed they are and how they still survive at the end. This book is worthy of 5 stars and I would recommend this to anyone that would like a touching love story.

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