I received a copy of Echoes Of Family by Barbara Claypole White from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. This book was deeper than most of the others I have read recently and therefore took me longer to get through. The story centers around Marianne, a woman who suffers from bipolar disorder. A recent tragedy takes her back to a tragedy of her younger years and she decides to stop taking her medication, which sends her into a tailspin.
“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 had read another book by this author in the past and I remember that I enjoyed it. Again, this book was heavier than the one I read previously. There is a lot going on in the book and the characters are all very unique. The book is told through their varying viewpoints and you can connect with all of them. While some parts are heartbreaking, others are uplifting and it is lovely to see how the support of family helps Marianne towards healing.
What have you been reading lately?