Echoes of Family
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.

Echoes of Family Details

TitleEchoes of Family
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 27th, 2016
PublisherLake Union Publishing
Rating
GenreFiction, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Contemporary, Womens Fiction

Echoes of Family Review

  • Suzanne Leopold
    January 1, 1970
    Marianne Stokes lives in North Carolina and runs a record producing studio with her husband Darius. Marianne has been managing her bipolar disorder since she was in her late teens. Marianne has an pseudo daughter named Jade who is a young adult, and also manages the studio. Jade has been cared for by the Strokes since she was a teenage runaway. Darius and Jade are Marianne’s support system who love and care for her dearly.Marianne has just been involved in a car accident where a fatality has occ Marianne Stokes lives in North Carolina and runs a record producing studio with her husband Darius. Marianne has been managing her bipolar disorder since she was in her late teens. Marianne has an pseudo daughter named Jade who is a young adult, and also manages the studio. Jade has been cared for by the Strokes since she was a teenage runaway. Darius and Jade are Marianne’s support system who love and care for her dearly.Marianne has just been involved in a car accident where a fatality has occurred. This accident has triggered old feelings about a trauma she experienced in her childhood in England. At seventeen she was involved in a car accident where a teen died, and her boyfriend, Gabriel was injured. Now Marianne’s old wounds are open and she is feeling guilt ridden for being involved in another fatal accident. She is in a downward spiral and decides to take off for England. She has not been back since she abruptly left many years ago, nor has she discussed this idea with her family. She believes that going back home will provide answers to her past and secrets that haunt her. As her chaotic and stressful mission unfolds, her family patiently stands by and supports her as she reconciles her past with her future. This book is written in the voices of Marianne, Gabriel, Darius, and Jade. The alternating chapters by character contribute to the reader’s perspective of what each person felt by loving Marianne. I enjoyed the development of all four characters. Marianne’s disease felt very realistic, which is attributed to the author’s extensive research. The difficulty and complexity of the disease is so well crafted that this book will tug at your heart.10 digital copies being given away via amazon from the author here is the link thru my blog https://www.facebook.com/suzyapproved...
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to this on audio. A few of my favorite things about this book: ~ The theme of mental illness and families. ~ Marianne's Bipolar Disorder felt genuine and completely realistic. ~ The dialogue between the characters read perfectly. ~ The alternating voices gave each family member's perspective on living with a loved one with a mental illness, while also gaining insight into each character's own development. ~ The North Carolina setting in a little town where I lived in college was just I listened to this on audio. A few of my favorite things about this book: ~ The theme of mental illness and families. ~ Marianne's Bipolar Disorder felt genuine and completely realistic. ~ The dialogue between the characters read perfectly. ~ The alternating voices gave each family member's perspective on living with a loved one with a mental illness, while also gaining insight into each character's own development. ~ The North Carolina setting in a little town where I lived in college was just a fun bonus. :)Barbara Claypole White is a gifted storyteller. This is the second book I've read from her in which she shines at capturing mental illness and its effects on the family system. Well-done!
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  • Deborah Blanchard
    January 1, 1970
    There are no words to adequately express how I feel about this book, but I will do my best. Barbara Claypole-White has written a touching, authentic compassionate book about bipolar disorder. This book touched me on such a personal level, as I also deal with having this disorder. She has done her research. She has captured the very essence of this disease. She also made me understand how this disease affects all those around us, something that I never gave much thought to unfortunately. This is There are no words to adequately express how I feel about this book, but I will do my best. Barbara Claypole-White has written a touching, authentic compassionate book about bipolar disorder. This book touched me on such a personal level, as I also deal with having this disorder. She has done her research. She has captured the very essence of this disease. She also made me understand how this disease affects all those around us, something that I never gave much thought to unfortunately. This is also part of the disease, we fail to see the impact that is has on our loved ones and others. She captured this with her gripping storytelling. Marianne is one of the main characters and she is bipolar. She has extreme episodes of mania especially when she goes off her meds. Then comes the crash and burn, as I call it, depression. There is also so much love in this book, for and from family and friends. There is also heartbreak, loss and healing. I loved the characters in this book. They were real to me, I loved them. I was a part of their world. I felt their love and their pain. There is such deep characterization that I lost myself in the characters. There is also true to life and snappy dialogue. This book grabs you from the beginning and never lets go. I was actually sad when it was over. This is a book that everyone needs to read. If you have bipolar disorder, know someone who does or just want a glimpse into our world, you must read this. Several quotes in this book really touched me, here are a few: "There is no reprieve when you have a broken mind; cease-fires are rare. Even on good days, you know everything could change on a dime. Fear is your constant shadow. Also, " You're never truly lost if someone cares enough to come find you. Lost is waiting to be found." Please, read this book, it will touch your heart and your soul, it did mine. I will never forget this book. Thank you, Barbara, for capturing this illness in such a profound way. You found me , and I will be forever grateful. Please, please, read this book, so that you can understand what is is like for those of us who have to deal with it every day. I would give this one thousand stars if I could.
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  • DeB MaRtEnS
    January 1, 1970
    Marianne Montgomery is a woman of extremes. She is a powerful force in the recording industry, with her business Nightjar Recording. Her marriage to Darius, an ex-rocker and great talent, has pushed the success of the business to great heights; he loves her passionately and unconditionally, a triumph of faith after divorces for both of them. Marianne took Jade, now thirty, into her life when the destitute teen was found homeless, carrying a violin, and made her a part of her family. The ability Marianne Montgomery is a woman of extremes. She is a powerful force in the recording industry, with her business Nightjar Recording. Her marriage to Darius, an ex-rocker and great talent, has pushed the success of the business to great heights; he loves her passionately and unconditionally, a triumph of faith after divorces for both of them. Marianne took Jade, now thirty, into her life when the destitute teen was found homeless, carrying a violin, and made her a part of her family. The ability to change a disadvantaged life with Jade using the gift of music as inspiration, led Marianne to fund, house and mentor others with "Girls in Motion". Marianne is a dynamo, a spark for creativity, a catalyst. Unfortunately, for those who love her, Marianne can be unpredictable, volatile, violent, evasive and unbearably arrogant. For Marianne herself, the extremes are unbearable and have led to bouts of irrational thinking and destructive depression. She has been fighting with Bipolar 1, commonly known as Manic-Depression, for thirty years, in and out of hospitals and constantly in touch with psychiatrists who valiantly try to find the best medical cocktail to keep her functional, neither a zombie nor close enough to the highs of mania to lure her off the stability of medication. Her past holds a trauma which those close to her know nothing about. As the story opens, Marianne is struggling as that trauma crowds her following a tragic car accident, which she insists was her fault, although reason proves otherwise. Only Jade is sensitive to the signs of Marianne's emotionally distressed state, but before any intervention can be arranged Marianne has flown from North Carolina to England, where she met the first tortured version of herself. There, in the home of her childhood friend and love Gabriel, the power of Marianne's personality and her illness will enmesh her present family in terrible ways with her past pain. I found myself feeling incredibly frustrated with Marianne; my relationship with her was primarily based on the woman who was noncompliant in taking medication, a kind of train wreck who dictated to those around her who seemed to have poor personal boundaries, and a person who had barely grown developmentally since the ego-centric stage of her teens. Perhaps that is what the author intended, to show how capricious a mental illness can be and the toll it takes on everyone; the novel certainly succeeded there. In many ways, denial of facets of the mental illness were actually a huge component of the important relationships in Marianne's life, aside from Marianne's own denial of the real challenges of this serious mood disorder. Echoes of Family by Barbara Claypole White would make for interesting book club discussion, involving the topics of mental illness vs. personality, in how each influence, are perceived and given allowance in the dynamics of relationships. How does life change when denial ends? The role and responsibility of therapists, touched on in the novel, and Marianne's blasé attitude toward them, had me wondering who would be the facilitator of personal growth and understanding, if not these highly educated professionals. Marianne, who I found not especially likeable, and the discordantly dysfunctional group of characters around her definitely triggered substantial serious thought. If a book is able to make me ponder, I definitely consider it to be a worthwhile read!The story, unlike most of life, ends rather tidily but after all, Echoes of Family is fiction. And comfortingly, we are left with the sense of reassurance that no matter how "loony" anyone might be, everyone is doing the very best that they can.With thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Barbara Claypole White for the Advanced Readers Copy.
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  • Judy Collins
    January 1, 1970
    From the author of The Perfect Son (2015) A Brit, now residing in NC, Barbara Claypole White follows with another poignant and emotional story of an unconventional family- ECHOES OF FAMILY the darkness of mental illness, tragedy, guilt, regret, and secrets of the past- mixed with wit and compassion. “You’re never truly lost if someone cares enough to come find you. Lost is waiting to be found.”Marianne is a successful forty-something musician. She also is the founder of a non-profit group, a From the author of The Perfect Son (2015) A Brit, now residing in NC, Barbara Claypole White follows with another poignant and emotional story of an unconventional family- ECHOES OF FAMILY the darkness of mental illness, tragedy, guilt, regret, and secrets of the past- mixed with wit and compassion. “You’re never truly lost if someone cares enough to come find you. Lost is waiting to be found.”Marianne is a successful forty-something musician. She also is the founder of a non-profit group, a haven for teens in crisis. She loves music. She suffering from mental illness. Bipolar disorder. Full disclosure had never been Marianne’s thing, except thirty years earlier with Gabriel. Before she lied and broken his heart. Before she won the Olympic gold for teen drama. Before the bipolar monster had claimed her as his. As the author mentions in her notes: “The world is changing and the definition of family isn’t quite as simple as it used to be. I also wanted to flip The Perfect Son,which is a story driven by the notion that you can’t escape genetics, to write about a family with no blood ties.” The story behind Echoes of Family. Marianne is a woman of extreme mood swings, (bipolar illness) whereas Gabriel has learned the art of emotional detachment. Lack of emotional control creates problems for both of them and drives the plot.Marianne left England at age seventeen. This was her childhood village. She left behind secrets and tragedy. Someone died. Betrayal. Guilt. She left her first love, Gabriel, badly injured. A complex past relationship. Now in North Carolina she has found solace in a recording studio she runs with her husband, and her almost daughter, Jade. Jade came to live with them as a teen when Marianne started a group, “Girls in Motion” for teenage girls in trouble. Darius is crazy about Marianne and thinks with love, he can keep her well. However, another fatality forces her back to England to confront her past. Thirty years later. She has to face her past in order to move on with her future. As her life spirals out of control, she tries to find answers in her past.Jade and Darius try to track her down. No one knew the real truth. Gabriel, now a priest. A brother Simon, dead. An unborn baby. Demons of the past. A priest who preaches forgiveness but cannot forgive his brother and the girl who betrayed him. When things are not as they seem. Lies and deception. With three female damaged characters, each respond to challenges in different ways and exhibit different kinds of heroism. A husband who was a do-over. A second chance. They were not going to discuss the past. Gabriel and Simon represented the worst of her—everything she had tried to change. The guilt of what she did to her best friend. Everything that followed was a direct consequence of her secrets and lies. The accident, her Pandora’s box. The unknowns, fear, and questions: What if her husband Darius sees the inside of the box and decides he is done with her? She cannot lose him. She had worked too hard to protect he and Jade from her past. Was it protection, or just shutting them out? Is she trusting someone from her past more than her present? Marianna is not a very likable character; however, this could be part of the mental illness and her extreme lows and highs, which the author realistically portrays. Four broken people who choose to support one another. There are many emotions, from a trauma which her family is in the dark, and a daughter, affected by her emotions. A sudden flight from NC back to England and the conflicts of a family giving her space or support. When back in England she has to face her painful past and find the courage, to be honest, ask for forgiveness from a family, and those important to her. The resilience of relationships. “Sometimes the only way through darkness is to return to where it began.”White has a unique way of reaching into her character’s minds and hearts-experiencing their pain and sorrow. Marianne, broken yet still tries desperately to come to terms with her demons. No one can fix this but her. From quirky characters – madness, and humor; White deftly portrays the complex ways mental health affects personal relationships from all sides- the patient and those who love them.ECHOES OF FAMILY is a moving novel about hope, regret, recovery, and redemption. An ideal choice for book clubs and group discussions. Be sure and add The Promise Between Us, Coming Jan 16, 2018! 5 Stars.A special thank you to Lake Union and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. JDCMustReadBooks
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  • Barbara White
    January 1, 1970
    As always, there are echoes of my own life in this novel: my deep love for my childhood village in England, my passion for chipping away at the stereotypes of mental illness, my desire to find hope in the darkness and isolation of life with a broken mind. Marianne was a hard character to write, but I hope her true voice outshines her extreme mood swings…because a person is not his or her disorder. Marianne Stokes is a complex, successful woman who happens to be manic-depressive. I think she rock As always, there are echoes of my own life in this novel: my deep love for my childhood village in England, my passion for chipping away at the stereotypes of mental illness, my desire to find hope in the darkness and isolation of life with a broken mind. Marianne was a hard character to write, but I hope her true voice outshines her extreme mood swings…because a person is not his or her disorder. Marianne Stokes is a complex, successful woman who happens to be manic-depressive. I think she rocks!
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  • Catherine McKenzie
    January 1, 1970
    Are you a fan of Mathew Quick? Or just great books? Put this on your to-read list. Trust me.
  • Dorie
    January 1, 1970
    Echoes of Family drew me in from the first chapters. There are already many, many reviews that you can read if you want to know more of the plot. Ms. White has taken a sensitive and often misunderstood mental illness, bi-polar disorder, and helped us to understand what it’s like to live with it. She has crafted a novel with much love surrounding the main character, Marianne, who has been dealing with the disease since she was 17. The characters in this book are unique, flawed, very well describe Echoes of Family drew me in from the first chapters. There are already many, many reviews that you can read if you want to know more of the plot. Ms. White has taken a sensitive and often misunderstood mental illness, bi-polar disorder, and helped us to understand what it’s like to live with it. She has crafted a novel with much love surrounding the main character, Marianne, who has been dealing with the disease since she was 17. The characters in this book are unique, flawed, very well described and I was caught up in their lives from the first pages.We follow Marianne who goes back to a small town in England to try to finally understand some blank spots in her remembrance of an accident and death that led her to flee to the US. She quickly encounters her first great friend and love, Gabriel. What follows is several weeks of Marianne coming off of her meds and spiraling out of control. Her husband and daughter back home want to give her the space to heal but are terribly afraid for her. They know what she is like when she hits the depressive part of her roller coaster illness. The story is told from multiple points of view which is quickly becoming a favorite format for me. Before I read this book I was very interested in reading reviews from readers who had the disease and if they thought it was well represented. The reviews that I read felt that it described the difficulties and trials of being mentally ill in a society where it is still a stigma. In spite of her mental illness Marianne had accomplished a lot on her own and then with her husband, Darius and adopted “daughter” Jade, they have a highly successful recording studio. Her flight back to England brings out the best in these characters who are “left holding the reins” so to speak. There is so much love and understanding from those around Marianne that she is really fortunate. She is allowed to return back to when her major trauma started and come to terms with it. She will always have this illness but perhaps now she can heal and stay on the medications that help her.The ending is perhaps a little too perfect but why not have a happy ending? All of the characters have dealt with enough angst. I highly recommend this novel to everyone. These characters will widen your insight into mental illness and will stay with you for a long time.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.“True Nightjars occur almost worldwide in temperate to tropical regions, except for New Zealand and some islands of Oceania. They have protective colouring of gray,, brown, or reddish brown. They feed on flying insects that they catch on the wing at night. (from Encyclopedia Britannica).http://media.photobucket.com/user/Fra...
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  • Javi
    January 1, 1970
    This is second book by Barbara Claypole White that I've read and it certainly didn't disappoint but, at least for me, it wasn't as good as " The Perfect Son". The latter left me longing to read it all over again ( and I will at some point, I'm sure) while this one didn't fully engage me. The characters are extremely well defined, especially Marianne, who is bipolar and whom we see in all her unmedicated glory when she goes off her meds, and trust me, it wasn't pretty. The rest of the ensemble ( This is second book by Barbara Claypole White that I've read and it certainly didn't disappoint but, at least for me, it wasn't as good as " The Perfect Son". The latter left me longing to read it all over again ( and I will at some point, I'm sure) while this one didn't fully engage me. The characters are extremely well defined, especially Marianne, who is bipolar and whom we see in all her unmedicated glory when she goes off her meds, and trust me, it wasn't pretty. The rest of the ensemble ( her husband Darius, Jade and Gabriel) are also damaged people, each in their own way, and you get to know them very well. There's a very tragic event in the past that defined both Marianne and Gabriel that needs to be revisited, no matter how hard the characters try to resist. But even so, everything seemed to happen too fast and there are a lot of things that felt very convenient if not downright implausible. The book's strongest point lies in its prose: it's beautifully written, very lyrical in its descriptions of the English countryside as well as the character's emotions. Ms White is a very talented and skilled writer. If you haven't read anything of hers, I would recommend " The Perfect Son" over this one.
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  • CL
    January 1, 1970
    Marianne Stokes having fled a tragic past that has haunted her for her whole adult life with a depression that she can never quite overcome, has returned to the place she had hoped to never see again after another tragedy that causes her to return home. Returning to her childhood Village she meets Gabriel again, her first love, now the Village Vicar who accepts her return with no questions asked. But her escape is not to be as planned and her family tracks her down and ultimately the only resolu Marianne Stokes having fled a tragic past that has haunted her for her whole adult life with a depression that she can never quite overcome, has returned to the place she had hoped to never see again after another tragedy that causes her to return home. Returning to her childhood Village she meets Gabriel again, her first love, now the Village Vicar who accepts her return with no questions asked. But her escape is not to be as planned and her family tracks her down and ultimately the only resolution is for Marianne to find the courage to face her past and her present if she is to have any future peace of mind. I would like to thank the Publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this ARC.
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  • K.N.
    January 1, 1970
    Marianne has struggled with manic depression since she was 17 when a fatal accident triggered her spiral. Thirty years later she’s driven to return to her childhood home - an ocean away from her husband, an “adopted” daughter, and successful recording studio. As she reunites with the other survivor of the accident, she’s still uncertain why she returned - what’s she looking for?This author expresses the inner workings of a manic-depressive mind with skill and compassion. White addresses her main Marianne has struggled with manic depression since she was 17 when a fatal accident triggered her spiral. Thirty years later she’s driven to return to her childhood home - an ocean away from her husband, an “adopted” daughter, and successful recording studio. As she reunites with the other survivor of the accident, she’s still uncertain why she returned - what’s she looking for?This author expresses the inner workings of a manic-depressive mind with skill and compassion. White addresses her main character’s mental illness head-on and sidesteps sugar-coating. The opening of chapter 13 is a fantastic example:“Sleep? Who needed sleep? It was always light here. And God said, ‘Let there be light!’ Light came with such energy, such creativity. Such power. Marianne spun around the kitchen and laughed. She could fly!”White created such diverse and interesting characters, my interest was maintained for all story lines, not just the main character Marianne. Great book to increase mental health awareness and how to support loved ones who may be struggling. Filled with hope, too! Serious subject but not a “downer”!
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  • Jenni Ogden
    January 1, 1970
    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 charac 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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  • Letty
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful book!! This book pulled me in from the start. The writing is magnificent. Barbara Claypole White is now on my list of favorite writers. The story deals with Bipolar depression and while that is not always a subject that is pleasant to read about, Ms. White does it beautifully here. It is witty, charming and heart wrenching. I loved the characters in this book: Marianne, Darius and especially Gabriel and Jade. The diaglogue between Gabriel and Jade was superb!! There is a part in the bo Wonderful book!! This book pulled me in from the start. The writing is magnificent. Barbara Claypole White is now on my list of favorite writers. The story deals with Bipolar depression and while that is not always a subject that is pleasant to read about, Ms. White does it beautifully here. It is witty, charming and heart wrenching. I loved the characters in this book: Marianne, Darius and especially Gabriel and Jade. The diaglogue between Gabriel and Jade was superb!! There is a part in the book that completely took me by surprised but really helps in understanding an incident from the past Marianne was dealing with and trying to decide whether she needed to discuss with Gabriel. This book and characters will stay with me for a long time. I highly recommend it!!One of the quotes that really stood out to me: "Take it from an expert: you're never truly lost if someone cares enough to come find you. Lost is waiting to be found."Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!!
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  • Dorine
    January 1, 1970
    Rated 4.5 - I was reminded of two of my favorite books while reading this story. ECHOES OF FAMILY by Barbara Claypole White weaves a hint of tempestuous saga, as in THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough but with a plausible happy ending. It also illuminates the country quirkiness of rural English life, which reminds me of James Herriot’s ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL. Ms. White’s talent combines great characteristics of storytelling that engage every emotion.Marianne Stokes is not an easy person Rated 4.5 - I was reminded of two of my favorite books while reading this story. ECHOES OF FAMILY by Barbara Claypole White weaves a hint of tempestuous saga, as in THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough but with a plausible happy ending. It also illuminates the country quirkiness of rural English life, which reminds me of James Herriot’s ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL. Ms. White’s talent combines great characteristics of storytelling that engage every emotion.Marianne Stokes is not an easy person to love. When she goes off her meds, her self-absorption becomes all-consuming to those who try to save her from herself. But, deep inside Marianne has a heart that bleeds for women in trouble, giving them a life through music.In the beginning of the book we realize Marianne is in trouble. A recent accident in North Carolina reminds her about a tragedy that happened when she was a young adult. Marianne goes back to that small village in England to her best friend Gabriel, a vicar, who she hasn’t spoken to in thirty years.Marianne is married to Darius and she has an adopted daughter, Jade. Her husband and daughter love her very much, so this story is about them as much as it is about Marianne. Their family runs a music recording studio together so Marianne’s disappearance causes more than just family disruption and anxiety.Marianne’s husband Darius loves with a passion that almost suffocates. I did wonder frequently whether his passion for Marianne would eventually push her away. But, as Marianne reveals her backstory, I realized it was going to take someone as forgiving as Darius to accept Marianne’s life decisions.Marianne’s daughter Jade is broken. She has built armor around herself in the way she looks and speaks, so her happiness is one reason I rushed to the end.My favorite character is Gabriel, the vicar. He was hurt deeply by his past with Marianne and even though his life seems like everything he desires, he’s in desperate need of a shakeup. What Marianne does after 30 years of silence might have broken a lessor man. I really loved Gabriel’s transformation and how his belief in God made him accept Marianne with love and understanding when she needed it most. I also liked that Gabriel isn’t perfect. He isn’t a pushover and I appreciated how he eventually refused to give anymore of himself to Marianne. His imperfections and reactions are very human and interesting.There were several secondary characters that jumped off the page and created a believable story in England. Barbara Claypole White has a knack for combining the best fictional what if’s, giving them believable twists, then dumping her characters upside down somewhere quirky, teasing them as they crawl out of trouble into a believable happy-ever-after for them. It’s absorbing and very entertaining.Sometimes this book races at a crazy confused pace while in the manic depressive’s POV. It’s very convincing, as well as sometimes jarring, and before I knew what happened, I was halfway through the book. Ms. White writes about imperfect people with real problems and makes me care about their future.The end of Chapter 17 is brilliant. The build-up to this scene gives a hint that something is going to happen, but I couldn’t stop laughing once it did. The oddity of the modern music industry meeting the staid English vicar, with witnesses to gossip about it, is so very funny. Add in one manic off her meds and a daughter trying to reason with her after one too many vodkas and it screams British comedy to perfection.Best described as women’s fiction, this novel explores the love between friends and family when one member’s actions threaten to destroy everyone within reach. I laughed. I cried. I raced along to find out what would happen next. ECHOES OF FAMILY does everything a great book should. It engages. It mesmerizes. It makes you feel for the characters, even when you hate their choices. I loved it and I can’t wait for Ms. White’s next story.Reviewed by Dorine, courtesy of The Zest Quest. Digital ARC provided by the publisher for an honest review.One of my favorite authors, see my blog for more books by Barbara Claypole White reviewed by Dorine.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    I looked forward to reading this book because I have loved the previous books I have read by Barbara Claypole White. And it did not disappoint! At first I was a little disoriented as I started to read. We meet Marianne - a woman who has to cope with a manic depressive illness. At the beginning of the story she is about to go into a full blown episode of mania. Marianne is a successful woman and a courageous one. Yet she has carried along with her a past that haunts her, and now is the time for h I looked forward to reading this book because I have loved the previous books I have read by Barbara Claypole White. And it did not disappoint! At first I was a little disoriented as I started to read. We meet Marianne - a woman who has to cope with a manic depressive illness. At the beginning of the story she is about to go into a full blown episode of mania. Marianne is a successful woman and a courageous one. Yet she has carried along with her a past that haunts her, and now is the time for her to confront it. She seems larger than life, very emotional - a little crazy! But she owns it. Darius her husband loves and supports Marianne, he is a passionate lover, a jealous one. And one who intends to not repeat any past mistakes - to be the kind of person Marianne needs. He is a little larger than life too.Jade is the young woman Marianne 'adopted' when Jade was fifteen and has supported and loved ever since as her daughter. Jade too has her past, she is tough, hard working and totally delightful.Gabriel is the vicar in a local parish in England. He and Marianne have a shared past and were friends for years. His careful life is totally disrupted when Marianne, Darius and Jade burst upon his quiet rectory life. On the surface Gabriel is controlled, the perfect vicar. But underneath there is turmoil. The story is told from the point of view of these main characters and I loved it all. I never disliked going from one to the other. It was perfect. All the characters are imperfect and I loved being with them as they journeyed, and I very reluctantly left them when they parted ways with me.This is a story of family, of the burdens some carry from their past, of living with a mental illness. And that from the point of view of the person with the mental illness and those who love and support them and angst for them. It gave me insight and enabled me understand and open my heart to those who have the burden of such illness.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    "You're never truly lost if someone cares enough to come find you. Lost is waiting to be found."I have read all of Barbara Claypole White's novels and enjoyed them but this is the first book that I've read in a long time that I wanted to start reading again as soon as I read the last page. Trust me - it's that fantastic. Marianne, the main character, is manic depressive and at the start of the book is spiraling out of control and decides to return to England - where she grew up and where her pas "You're never truly lost if someone cares enough to come find you. Lost is waiting to be found."I have read all of Barbara Claypole White's novels and enjoyed them but this is the first book that I've read in a long time that I wanted to start reading again as soon as I read the last page. Trust me - it's that fantastic. Marianne, the main character, is manic depressive and at the start of the book is spiraling out of control and decides to return to England - where she grew up and where her past secrets are long buried. She feels that if she confronts her past, it may help her future. The first person that she meets in the small town she grew up in is Gabriel, her first love and now the minister at local church. She left her husband Darius and her 'daughter' Jade behind in North Carolina while she goes to find her demons. While in England she creates considerable chaos for Gabriel who thought that he wanted and needed to forget her. As her life spirals out of control, she ties to find answers in her past.Marianne is a wonderful and flawed character. She is well aware of her limitations and her past suicide attempts and her illness. One of my favorite scenes with her was at the rectory in England when she was at the height of her mania. It is so well written, that I found myself reading faster and faster to keep up with her. As in previous books, Barbara Claypole White writes about mental illness in a very open and direct manner. There is so much discrimination against people with mental illness and she tries, and succeeds, to make her characters very real and just like all of us - trying our best to have a happy life. This is a wonderful story of family and love -- life often isn't about the family that you are born into but the family that you create with those that are most important to you. (Thanks to the author for a copy of this book for a fair and unbiased review.)
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautifully written story of Marianne, who has battled bipolar disorder for thirty years. When she’s medicated, she has been able to run a successful recording studio and run a charity for teens in trouble called Girls in Motion. It was through that charity that she came to unofficially adopt Jade when she was 16 (Jade is now almost thirty at the start of the novel). Marianne isn’t the cause of a car accident that causes a woman to give birth to a seven-month-along still born, but she This is a beautifully written story of Marianne, who has battled bipolar disorder for thirty years. When she’s medicated, she has been able to run a successful recording studio and run a charity for teens in trouble called Girls in Motion. It was through that charity that she came to unofficially adopt Jade when she was 16 (Jade is now almost thirty at the start of the novel). Marianne isn’t the cause of a car accident that causes a woman to give birth to a seven-month-along still born, but she takes responsibility anyway—plus it brings back horrible memories of another accident and lost pregnancy. The recent accident causes Marianne to have another break, go off her meds, and return to England where she grew up to see her childhood friend Gabriel, who is now a priest. In addition to leaving Jade behind in North Carolina, she also leaves behind a doting husband, Darius. Both of them help with the studio.I’ve had friends who battle bipolar disorder and they are medicated, but when their meds are adjusted, watch out. However, with my friends, I can only know what they tell me, not experience it firsthand. The portions of this book that are written from Marianne’s point of view when she is having hallucinations are incredibly insightful. It is not a disease I envy.This is fast-paced for a literary women’s fiction novel, possibly because when you’re dealing with a person who battles manic episodes, the person is unpredictable, and thus this book is, too—in a great way.There were definitely times when the prose made me teary, which I love.Thanks to Netgalley for a chance to review this novel.For more of my reviews, please see: http://theresaalan.net/blog/
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  • Priscille Sibley
    January 1, 1970
    I've read all of Barbara Claypole White's novels, and I've thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them, but this is without any doubt her best. In it she creates extraordinarily vivid characters. Marianne, a forty-something music producer has been tormented her entire life by bi-polar disorder. It isn't a disease that can be fixed. It is a fragile tightrope that must be walked. She is flawed, and she is struggling, and her family history and choices she made in the past must be reckoned with i I've read all of Barbara Claypole White's novels, and I've thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them, but this is without any doubt her best. In it she creates extraordinarily vivid characters. Marianne, a forty-something music producer has been tormented her entire life by bi-polar disorder. It isn't a disease that can be fixed. It is a fragile tightrope that must be walked. She is flawed, and she is struggling, and her family history and choices she made in the past must be reckoned with if she is to continue on. Every character is well-drawn. A wholly immersive read! Highly, highly recommended!
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Echoes of Family centers on Marianne, a woman who suffers from manic-depression, and a tragedy that happened when she was still a teenager that she is unable to deal with, even after decades. In the story, Marianne re-encounters Gabriel, her first love, who was also central to that long-ago tragedy, and who also has had difficulty leaving the past behind. This was a good book, certainly not one of my favorites, but definitely worth a read. Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an Echoes of Family centers on Marianne, a woman who suffers from manic-depression, and a tragedy that happened when she was still a teenager that she is unable to deal with, even after decades. In the story, Marianne re-encounters Gabriel, her first love, who was also central to that long-ago tragedy, and who also has had difficulty leaving the past behind. This was a good book, certainly not one of my favorites, but definitely worth a read. Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an advance copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melanie Bowles
    January 1, 1970
    What an enormous treat it was to receive this ARC (Advance Review Copy) of ECHOES OF FAMILY by Barbara Claypole White. Right from the opening, we're plunged into a family crisis with mental illness at the center. Barbara navigates these choppy waters with genuine heart and brave yet sensitive writing. The ending wasn't tied up with a neat (and unrealistic) pretty bow, but it was rich and satisfying. It left me feeling hopeful... We all have struggles, but so often we discover we're stronger than What an enormous treat it was to receive this ARC (Advance Review Copy) of ECHOES OF FAMILY by Barbara Claypole White. Right from the opening, we're plunged into a family crisis with mental illness at the center. Barbara navigates these choppy waters with genuine heart and brave yet sensitive writing. The ending wasn't tied up with a neat (and unrealistic) pretty bow, but it was rich and satisfying. It left me feeling hopeful... We all have struggles, but so often we discover we're stronger than we think. And we're all dealing with some level of self-doubt or angst, some level of guilt over mistakes/regrets from our past. If we really dissect the fact that we're only human (read: so very imperfect), we'd discover we're allowed to forgive ourselves. From the book, spoken by one of my favorite characters: "Guilt should come with an expiration date." Forgiving ourselves is a meaningful and important step to tapping into the inner strength we all have. I loved this story and highly recommend.
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  • Joy D
    January 1, 1970
    A woman struggling with bipolar disorder journeys back to her roots in the English countryside, attempting to come to grips with current and past trauma. Along with mental illness, this book touches on guilt, forgiveness, jealousy, the bonds of first love, families forged through life experience, and healing. I thought the author did an excellent job of describing the nature of bipolar disorder, and how disruptive it can be. Characters were well-formed and interesting. I would have preferred a d A woman struggling with bipolar disorder journeys back to her roots in the English countryside, attempting to come to grips with current and past trauma. Along with mental illness, this book touches on guilt, forgiveness, jealousy, the bonds of first love, families forged through life experience, and healing. I thought the author did an excellent job of describing the nature of bipolar disorder, and how disruptive it can be. Characters were well-formed and interesting. I would have preferred a deeper look at the relationship between the main character and her husband, and thought the daughter acted much younger than a thirty-year-old, but found the book an informative example of families grappling with the chaos of bipolar disorder. Be aware that it contains content related to suicide. Recommended to readers interested in mental health and its impact on family dynamics.
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  • Jill Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    If anyone can make us understand the struggles of mental illness, it is this author.We are introduced to Marianne, who is in a manic bipolar tailspin and on her way across the ocean from North Carolina to her hometown in England. The past has crawled back inside her head, and the only way she can move forward with some peace is to connect again with her teenage friend, Gabriel… who also happens to be her first love.I fell in love with Gabriel right away. This kind, sexy, town vicar does everythi If anyone can make us understand the struggles of mental illness, it is this author.We are introduced to Marianne, who is in a manic bipolar tailspin and on her way across the ocean from North Carolina to her hometown in England. The past has crawled back inside her head, and the only way she can move forward with some peace is to connect again with her teenage friend, Gabriel… who also happens to be her first love.I fell in love with Gabriel right away. This kind, sexy, town vicar does everything he can to help Marianne get control of her life, while steeling his heart from getting involved with her again.We meet Jade, a young “daughter of Marianne’s heart” who is witty, sassy, emotionally scarred, and loyal to a fault to Marianne and her husband, Darius.Then there is Darius, a man so completely in love with his wife, and all of her “faults” a man I wasn’t sure I liked at first. But this author has a way of peeling back the layers of each character, unveiling their delicate layers of hurt, fear, and vulnerability. I thoroughly enjoyed digging deep into each of these unique characters, all emotionally scarred, yet willing to continue on and hope for a happy future. And it didn’t disappoint! The thing I loved most about this book was the humor and wit woven through a story that could have been doom and gloom.It shows us that with grief, can come happiness, and with loss, can come hope.A great read!
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  • Patricia Sands
    January 1, 1970
    An intensely satisfying read!Complex characters cleverly crafted in a plot that demands focus and commitment. Barbara Claypole White's obvious knowledge of her subject matter gives her unique tools to take readers on an unforgettable journey.
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    January 1, 1970
    “Been in and out of places like this since I was thirteen. First they called it aggressive behavior. Last time they said bipolar depression. They make sh*t up worse than we do.”https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com...That line by the young character in Marianne’s story made me laugh and rang beautifully true of the frustration those dealing with mental health issues must feel. This novel, more than anything else, shows the real struggle such patients and their loved ones face. Echoes of Family g “Been in and out of places like this since I was thirteen. First they called it aggressive behavior. Last time they said bipolar depression. They make sh*t up worse than we do.”https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com...That line by the young character in Marianne’s story made me laugh and rang beautifully true of the frustration those dealing with mental health issues must feel. This novel, more than anything else, shows the real struggle such patients and their loved ones face. Echoes of Family goes further in tying two tragic events together that serve to set off manic episodes in Marianne Stokes. Having left England to start over and heal in America, she now runs a recording studio in North Carolina with Husband Darius and a girl she took under her wing who is just as much a daughter as one can be. But it all falls apart when she is the cause of another tragedy and ends up back on the other side of the pond, a mess at the feet of the last person who expected her to return. She was the catalyst for the wreckage of his family, Gabriel is now a Vicar but there is more than burned bridges behind them. Where once there was love, choices and mistakes made as an unstable teen cost them all so much, and clung to their futures.There is hopelessness, exhaustion and I think a lot of being sick of herself. Luckily she is loved, and even if they don’t always get it right, at least they aren’t giving up. But even with those who want to save you it isn’t a simple solution. Diagnosis is one thing, medications another, but there is no perfect fix. There are times when something can set a person off, and as they fall through the downward spiral the hope can be hard to find.When her husband and Jade follow her to England, everyone questions there place in her heart. Darius feels threatened by Gabriel, Vicar or not! Everyone is unsure why she is in England and if it’s right or not. But she cannot remain in this manic state.When Marianne, a mess herself, wants to save another damaged girl that reminds her so much of her young self. What worked for me, is that the relationships didn’t go where you would expect anytime there is a reunion of past loves. Salvation isn’t easy in coming either, true to life! As she comes undone, it almost seems necessary to get her to a place where she can finally let go of her shame and guilt. There are truths she must confront, things Gabriel doesn’t know. Just what did happen with Marianne and his brother, and maybe Gabriel has some blackness of guilt he’s been carrying in his godly soul too.Instead of a stereotype of a disordered mind (however the medical establishment chooses to label it at any given time) Marianne is a believable woman who shows us how it feels to live with the chaos and how everyday is a brave step in getting on with things.Lovely and sad.
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  • Bonnye Reed
    January 1, 1970
    GNAB I received a free electronic copy of this novel on September 10 from Netgalley, Barbara Claypole White, and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your hard work with me. Barbara Claypole White is a favorite author of mine, so there was no hardship in reading this book. And as always, she brings us into a world completely out of our comfort zone, and shines on us a light of understanding. Marianne is a successful 40-something musician, founder of a no GNAB I received a free electronic copy of this novel on September 10 from Netgalley, Barbara Claypole White, and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your hard work with me. Barbara Claypole White is a favorite author of mine, so there was no hardship in reading this book. And as always, she brings us into a world completely out of our comfort zone, and shines on us a light of understanding. Marianne is a successful 40-something musician, founder of a non-profit group that is a safe haven for teens in crisis, surrounded by music and people she loves and who love her. And she is manic-depressive. For years her bipolar disorder has been under medical control, but a head injury - or peri-menopause - has everything all jumbled up again. Marianne is missing. And we are in her head.... I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a great story, but especially to those who know/love/support someone with mental challenges. A great deal of research went into this story, and it can add to the understanding of these mental conditions. pub date Sept 27 rec sept 10Lake Union Publishing
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  • Christine Moore
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-copy of the book from NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing. Thank you so very much.This book was about Marianne who has bipolar. When she was 17, an horrible tragedy happened and she has been in and out of institutions trying to get her meds correct and attempted suicide more than once. She grew up in a small England town and her very best friend was Gabriel. She is now living in North Carolina and owns/runs a record producing company. She is a Mom to Jade who came to live with he I received an e-copy of the book from NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing. Thank you so very much.This book was about Marianne who has bipolar. When she was 17, an horrible tragedy happened and she has been in and out of institutions trying to get her meds correct and attempted suicide more than once. She grew up in a small England town and her very best friend was Gabriel. She is now living in North Carolina and owns/runs a record producing company. She is a Mom to Jade who came to live with her as a teenager. Marianne started a group Girls in Motion for teenage girls in trouble that they would have a place to stay and someone who cares about them. Marianne is married to Darius who loves her to the moon and back. Marianne suffers another tragedy and goes to England back to her home town where she reconnects with Gabriel. By reconnecting with the past she finally hopes to get the answers to the past she has been looking for. This book was such a heartbreaking story. So much pain but yet so much love. Marianne will always be with me now. I will always wonder how she is doing. How is Darius? How is Jade? How many more girls has Marianne saved with Girls in Motion? My favorite quote from the book is: "Time doesn't erase the missing but our scars become the map to our future." Some stories stay with you forever and this is definitely one of them. I loved it from beginning to end.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I received ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. This is a story about Marianne who is bi-polar, how she lives with the disease and how it affects other people in her life. The book was good and kept my interest, but distressing to read while Marianne was in a full blown mania attack. This book is about regret, recovery, redemption and hope. I give it a solid 4 stars."You are never truly lost if someone cares enough to come find you. Lost is waiting to get found."
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  • Kayleigh
    January 1, 1970
    Living with bipolar disorder, as the diagnosed or as the family, is a turbulent roller coaster. The highs are high, and the lows are low. Having experienced this throughout my life with loved ones, Barbara Claypole White hit the nail on the head. She brought forth the ups and the downs and all the emotions that go with it!
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  • Hailey Fish
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best books I've read in 2016! I had started it, restarted it, so many times I finally told myself to sit down, shut up and just read! Boy, am I sure glad I did! This is the first of Barbara's books I have read and she is a magnificent storyteller. I will definitely be reading her earlier books. I have two so will get into them ASAP!
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    a moving compassionate story about mental illness. totally drew me in from page one and hooked me right until the end. looking forward to reading more books by this author.
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