Friday, October 07, 2016

Book Spotlight: Echoes of Family by Barbara Claypole White

Things have been a little turbulent at my house lately and a heavy, 400+ page family drama just hasn't been something I can handle.  I wanted to at least spotlight Echoes of Family by Barbara Claypole White, though, as it sounds like something I would be interested in reading when life calms down a bit.  Here's the synopsis from the back of the book (mine is an uncorrected proof):

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.    

I always find books about mental illness fascinating.  That, combined with the family secrets thing makes the premise of this book intriguing to me.  If you agree, be sure and grab yourself a copy next time you're at the bookstore or library.  If you've read Echoes of Family, what did you think?

(Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the ARC and to Barnes & Noble for the cover image.)

4 comments:

  1. So sorry things have been turbulent but hope all is well. A 400 page family saga is tough for me to fit in too but this one does sound good. Thanks for spotlighting it!

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  2. Sounds fasincating. I'm not surprised you're going to read it. ;)

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  3. Sorry your life is off the tracks (mine is too). ECHOES OF FAMILY is my darkest, my quirkiest, my funniest. Since I live in the world of mental illness, I kind of need books that (a) make me laugh and (b) give me hope. But yes, it you're looking for light escapism, now might not be the time to spend the week hanging out with the latest crew of crazy BCW characters. Hope this get easier for you.

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