Reviews for Echo from Mount Royal

Readers’ Favorite  5 Star Review

There is a story behind every photograph, especially a photograph of a lovely young girl standing on top of Mount Royal. Pierre knows this. He was part of the search and rescue team who searched the crash site of a passenger plane. Burnt photographThat’s where he found the photograph. He thought he recognized the young girl, but it didn’t come back to him right away. Searching the passenger list of the downed plane, Pierre is able to deduce the identity of the girl, someone he met years ago at his family’s cottage, someone who at the time was engaged to a friend of his, one of the passengers on the doomed plane.

Echo from Mount Royal is a tragedy. It’s Rebecca’s story; she’s the young girl in the photograph. She doesn’t know about the photograph’s discovery and it’s not until her grandson leads her through the confusing channels of the internet that she unravels a past that she would have wished to leave in the past. It’s a love story, a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and how the pattern of one’s life can change dramatically in just a blink of an eye. For Rebecca, this dramatic change was almost her undoing, as she came to realize that, “One cannot escape life. Whatever happens, one must endure.”

Readers' Favorite Five StarsAuthor Dave Riese has written a very moving romantic tragedy. His story begins almost like a memoir, a creative nonfiction story about a real person’s life. Two stories overlap; Pierre, the search and rescuer who discovered the photograph in the wreckage of a passenger plane, and Rebecca, the romantic young girl who innocently treads a path towards heartbreak. The story is well paced as it grips the reader right from the beginning. A well crafted story.

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

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Book Front CoverEcho from Mount Royal by Dave Riese
Review by Malka Ahmed, Contemporary-Books.com

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.

Rebecca Wiseman
Rebecca Wiseman

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 ClubTo read the complete review, click here

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10 Great Novels about Montreal

Montreal has a rich history of novels in the world of fiction. Here is a selection of 10 great novels about Montreal that will help you travel to this fascinating city without leaving your armchair.<

1. Perhaps one of the best known novels is The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler. The book was made into a movie in 1973 starring Richard Dreyfuss and Randy Quaid. A great example of Richler’s satirical view of life, it is also a sympathetic story of a young man, a third-generation Jewish immigrant, who wants to succeed in the eyes of his father and grandfather.

2. Earth and High Heaven is a 1944 novel by Gwethalyn Graham. It reached number one on The New York Times bestseller list – a first for a Canadian novel – and stayed on the list for 37 weeks. A young woman from a wealthy Protestant family in Westmount falls in love with a Jewish lawyer from Ontario. They are forced to overcome the anti-Semitism of their society. The book won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 1944.

3. Nikolski, by Nicolas Dickner, won many awards including the Governor General’s Award for French fiction in 2005. The novel brings together three semi-nomadic 20-somethings living in the Plateau. Set in Montreal, the novel radiates deep, yet entertaining, musings on the meaning of home.

4. The House on Black Lake is a modern day gothic suspense/romance novel by an American novelist, Anastasia Blackwell. The book is a mesmerizing trip through the Montreal underworld, where Gypsies, fortune tellers and mystics create their own rules. The book tells the story of a woman’s obsession for a man leading her into secrets, betrayal and shocking fate.

5. Echo from Mount Royal takes place in 1951 Montreal, vividly re-created by the author Dave Riese. The novel tells the story of Rebecca Wiseman, an eighteen-year-old from a working class, Catholic-Jewish family in Outremont. A chance meeting with Sol Gottesman, the Jewish orthodox son of a wealthy Westmount businessman, begins an affair fulfilling her romantic dreams. When class, sexual inexperience and family secrets test their love, Rebecca struggles to control events with humor and compassion. But a late night phone call and its shocking revelation changes her life forever. Continue reading

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Montreal, 1951. A girl from a working class, Catholic-Jewish family falls in love. Book Front CoverHer courtship with a handsome, Jewish orthodox man fulfills her romantic dreams and his wealth introduces her to a world of upper-class privilege. When class, religion, sexual inexperience and family secrets test their love, she struggles to control events. And then, shocking revelations change her life forever.

Echo from Mount Royal wins two prizes

2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award:
Winner in the General Fiction/Novel category
Second Place Grand Prize Winner for all fiction books

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2016 indieBRAG medallion winner

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Saturday, Nov 4, 10 am – 1 pm

I am signing books at the Fall Authors Fair on Sat, Nov 4 at the Tewksbury Library on 300 Chandler St, Tewksbury, MA 01876

The Tewksbury Public Library is putting the spotlight on a diverse collection of Tewksbury and Wilmington authors with its first annual Tewksbury Book Festival on Saturday, November 4, from 10 am to 1 pm.

Stop by the library’s Meeting Room anytime during this event to meet local authors, learn about their books, enjoy complimentary donuts (10 am-
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Watch the book trailer for Echo from Mount Royal, a novel about a strange romance in the Montreal of 1951.

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Dave Riese is interviewed by Eileen MacDougall on her show Book Stew, a production of the Wilmington, Ma cable station (WCTV). My interview is combined with an interview with another author. The show cuts back and forth between us.

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Dave Riese discusses his novel Echo from Mount Royal on The Author Connection with Jenny Hudson. The video is produced by Merrimack Media, Cambridge, MA. http://www.merrirmackmedia.com