by Kristen Heitzmann

September 2007
ISBN: 978-0764228308
Reviewer Graphic Button Bethany House Publishers
Trade Paperback

Sophie Michelli wants to get away from the Bronx. Away from memories and bad decisions, away from her family. Her mother agrees to let her go, only because Sophie says she’ll go to her brother, Lance. Lance is quick to take Sophie in, and Rese only hesitates for a moment, but stresses she’s not running an inn. No, instead she’s taking in Lance’s collection of misfits.

Marie, the young pregnant Mexican girl that Lance took in is bonding with her baby, but only a week after his birth, Marie disappears, leaving the baby in Lance’s arms, and unnamed. Lance agrees to care for the baby, but Rese insists on calling Child Protection Services anyway. The social worker, Matt, sees no reason to remove the baby from Lance’s care even though the whole situation should be setting off alarms all over. Matt is skeptical about Lance’s healing abilities and his religiousness has Matt uncomfortable, but Sophie is worth a second look—and a third.

When Marie comes back in the picture, problems escalate. Why is Rese pulling away from Lance? What are Marie’s secrets? Why did she abandon her baby? And will Matt find healing from his own abusive past in the sanctuary Lance has provided?

Echoes is the long awaited sequel to Ms. Heitzmann’s Secrets and Unforgotten. Readers will want to read the first two books before beginning Echoes as all three books tie together.

I love Sophie and Lance still, and Matt is a dear too, but Rese is back to being unlikeable—at least to me. She is too masculine a woman for my taste. Lance and Sophie make this story definitely worth reading. Ms. Heitzmann’s books are either hit or miss with me, but this one hit. I love the series, and was glad to see this book come out. Don’t miss this conclusion to a well-loved series.

Reviewed in December 2007 by Laura.

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