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Echoes of Family by [White, Barbara Claypole]
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Sometimes the only way through darkness is to return to where it began.

Marianne Stokes fled England at seventeen, spiraling into the manic depression that would become her shadow. She left behind secrets, memories, and tragedy: one teen dead, and her first love, Gabriel, badly injured. Three decades later she’s finally found peace in the North Carolina recording studio she runs with her husband, Darius, and her almost-daughter, Jade…until another fatality propels her back across the ocean to confront the long-buried past.

In her picturesque childhood village, the first person she meets is the last person she wants to see again: Gabriel. Now the village vicar, he takes her in without question, and ripples of what if reverberate through both their hearts. As Marianne’s mind unravels, Jade and Darius track her down. Tempers clash when everyone tries to help, but only by finding the courage to face her illness can Marianne heal herself and her offbeat family.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3086 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503938131
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (27 September 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DNJMO7Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This is a must read!
This is about a "family" who is connected thru a powerful, dynamic woman (Marianne) ,who has the diagnosis of bipolar, causing times of havoc and heartache for her and those she loves.
Marianne needs to put her ghosts of the past behind,to keep and continue her life, her career and understand that she is loved and needed in the present. The journey begins.
As an RN- I have patients and friends with Bipolar disease..
Barbara Claypole White, has really done her research. The thoughts and feelings of each person in this story, is right on target.
It has been written with sensitivity, and truth.
The world has to realize that- " If you are having a hard time following the emotions and behaviors of a person with this mental illness, and want to run and abandon them, PLEASE know the person themselves is not understanding their own behaviors and thoughts at times. "
The brain is on constant overload, 24 hours a day.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I Love it!
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Echoes of Family by Barbara Claypole White follows Marianne Stokes, who suffers from bipolar disorder, as she struggles to reconcile her past and deal with her disease. She had been stable for years and doing well, running a recording studio and a charity for homeless girls, until she was in a car accident that resulted in the loss of the other driver's unborn child dragged up unhappy memories of a decades old crash that did the same thing to her. Marianne blames herself for both accidents, and the losses are too much a burden for her to bear. She flees to her native England to try and find some answers, meeting up with her former best-friend-now-pastor Gabriel, but ends up hospitalized due to a manic episode.

Just this description alone might seem like a total downer, but it's not! This book runs the gamut from devastatingly sad to laugh out loud funny, and while it shows the devastating effects of mental illness on both the individuals that have the disease and the people that love them, it also shows how worthy they are of love and that they can live a happy and healthy life (with the right meds of course). Marianne's search for redemption and self-acceptance can apply to anyone, not just those with a mood disorder. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand mental illnesses, whether you are personally affected by it or not.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Marianne Stokes had her first psychotic episode as a teenager, after a car accident that claimed the two lives and left two others scarred, including herself. In ECHOES OF FAMILY, Barbara Claypole White tells the story of a woman with bipolar disorder determined to face down the demons that have haunted her for decades.

The characters are crystal-clear and unforgettable, from Marianne’s tattooed, rough-edged and utterly devoted husband, Darius, to the young woman she all but adopted, Jade, whose prickles can’t hide her vulnerability, to Gabriel, the refreshingly real cleric, to Marianne herself.

One of the things I really like about Claypole White’s books is the fact that she centers them around families who don’t give up on each other—who are in for the long haul, even when it’s excruciatingly difficult. It’s common to focus drama around the things that threaten a marriage, but she has a gift for taking situations that would derail many families and instead using them to pull people together.

The book often feels breathless, including right out the gate, when the chaos that surrounds Marianne leaps off the page and drags the reader along with it. It took me a couple chapters to get settled in, but once I did, I was in for the long haul. Another great book by Barbara Claypole White.

Note: I received an advance review copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
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Barbara Claypole White knows how to take her readers inside her challenged characters and see and feel their world almost through their senses and thoughts. “Echoes of Family” goes to another level from her best selling “The Perfect Son” where the characters were compelling but relatively gentle in their behaviors. Every character in her new novel has deep psychological or psychiatric or childhood challenges to grapple with, but the masterpiece of characterization is Marianne, the central character in the book and around whom all the other characters revolve. She is gutsy, bright and bipolar. The story is gutsy, sharp, frenetic at times as the mania takes over, and then compassionate, tragic, joyful. People who have a bipolar disorder can be the sort of people that you never want to be around, and in her first manic destructive episode described in this book, I didn’t like her, or even two of the other central characters, Jade and Darius, much. If this had been real life I wouldn’t have liked them much either. But I didn’t want to stop reading and gradually as my understanding grew, so did my respect and liking for each of the characters. That is the genius of Barbara Claypole White, she makes it really real, no messing about with softening the extremes of feelings and behaviors in a full blown mania, or the drop into depression. And yet the reader cares about her characters, roots for them, and by the end of the book we perhaps have a little more understanding of the havoc bipolar disorder can cause, not only to the person who has it but to everyone who loves them. Bravo!
And thank you to Netgalley for the advance reader ebook.
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