Lingering Echoes

Lingering Echoes

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"You can't change the past... no matter how much you want to."

If only Allie Collins could go back to that tragic day one year ago, perhaps she could escape the guilt that haunts her. In reality, there was no altering her cousin's death or the role she played.

Then she meets Damien Michaels, a dark-haired stranger on a dirt bike, who seems to watch Allie and know more about her than he should. Veiling his own secrets, including a mysterious scar and tattoo, Allie knows she shouldn't trust him - especially as she digs up a past Damien desperately wants to forget. She also doesn't believe in summer romances, yet she finds her attraction to him growing beyond his striking grey eyes. Too late, Allie discovers he is hiding a dark past that is far from over, endangering her life and those she loves.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 388 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 9mm | 472g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1940534291
  • 9781940534299

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Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer is a tender and heartfelt story of romance, mystery and suspense that is compelling enough to soak you in. I choose a book for a number of reasons: attractiveness of the cover, title of the book and the drawing power of the synopsis. Lingering Echoes pulled me in on all counts...

Erica Kiefer's creativity has enabled a beautiful setting for Lingering Echoes and a truly marvelous story to go along with it. The characters are truly memorable, and they will live on in the hearts of readers long after the last page is turned.

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--Online Book Reviews (top 500 Reviewer #179)
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About Erica Kiefer

Erica Kiefer was born on Christmas Eve in Southern California to an American father whose ancestors arrived from Europe during colonial times and a Thai mother who moved to the US during high school. Adding to her rich and varied heritage, Erica grew up living abroad in Asia, including Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia. She gained a great respect for the beautiful mosaic of cultures found in various parts of the world. After graduating from International School Bangkok, she attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a degree in Recreation Therapy. Her career as a Recreation Therapist has allowed her to work with at-risk youth since 2007. Erica made the best decision of her life by marrying her husband in 2005 and is currently a mother of three, one of whom awaits her in heaven. Erica also loves singing, reading, writing, and satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies. Playing collegiate rugby was one of the most memorable experiences of her life, thus far. Erica's first book, Lingering Echoes, was signed by Clean Teen Publishing and released in early November 2013.
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682 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 32% (216)
4 33% (228)
3 24% (164)
2 8% (53)
1 3% (21)

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Before I started reading this book I had no idea what to expect from it. I read the blurb and it grabbed my attention immediately, but nothing could have prepared me for how I would feel after I finish reading it. This book reminded me a little of The Sea of tranquility. It gave me similar feelings. This book sucks you in from the beginning, it is simply unputtownable, you just keep reading it and liking it more and more when suddenly you realize you are completely and irrevocably in love with the characters, writing, plot, and you keep wondering how the hell that happened. But you know that this story stole your heart forever. At least that was what had happened to me. I'm still not sure which was the exact moment I went from liking it to worshiping it. I find it hard to find appropriate words to express how much i liked it. You have to read it and feel it yourself! PLOT The day when her younger cousin Maddie drowned in the river was an event that changed Allie's life forever. Nothing was ever the same. Allie held herself responsible for her death and she was drowning in guilt. She didn't know how to deal with all those overwhelming feelings, she was too focused on her pain and pushing everyone away. Running became her way of escaping reality. �?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�??????What is it about running you like so much?�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�?????? he asked, after my silence. �?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�??????It�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¢s peaceful,�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�?????? I answered. �?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�??????I could just be myself without having to worry about being analyzed by all the curious faces around me. No probing eyes or listening ears trying to figure out if I was �?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�??????ok�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�?????? or not. No forced conversation. And it helped me sleep.�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�?????? Her parents were worried about her and decided to bring her back to the scene where that tragedy had happened to help her heal. She wasn't thrilled with their decision to spend the summer before college reliving the tragedy over and over again. The water became her enemy. However, she had no idea that very soon she would get swept off her feet by a mysterious man. "I had decided long ago that it was a worthless genre. Passionate summer romances never played out like that in real life." She was so wrong. Their romance was even better. Allie was drawn to Damien immediately, but at the same time she was a bit scared of him because of the rumors that he killed his family. Well, he was stalking her so I was little scared of him too. I had no idea what to think about him. He was such a mysterious guy, hardly speaking about himself, but he was the only one who knew how Allie actually felt and he helped her overcome her fear of water. Her father and friend Aaron (wannabe boyfriend) didn't approve their dating. What really bothered me was them calling him an older guy. Seriously? He was 19 and she was 17, not a big deal, at least not for me. But Damien had a secret that put Allie's life in danger. And at the end both of them had to faced their fears, because running wasn't an option anymore. CHARACTERS I fell in love with both main characters. I like how perfectly imperfect they were and I really enjoyed how they were developed. Allie and Damien became more confident persons, they overcame their fears and got rid of the burden of the guilt. At the end Allie learned how to love without fear of getting hurt. Sometimes you need to take a risk of being hurt to find your true love. Although this book was little sad, it also gave me a hope that nothing was impossible and even deepest scars would fade over time. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. If you are easily offended by an adult content, don't worry this is a clean romance without rough sex scenes and similar stuff that you can easily find in many new adult novels. This was an exception and I really liked it. I know that sex sells, but you can write a great new adult novel without it and this book proves that. It was heartbreaking, but in a good way. Life is too short to read bad books. This is a book you need to read, you don't wanna miss it. Trust me, it's worth your time and money. MEMORABLE QUOTES "Over the next few years, all my friends were dating each other, and I was baffled as to how or why. I didn�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¢t know a thing about how to maintain a relationship. I still don�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¢t. How could I, when the most important examples in my life offered me nothing but promises of a broken heart and instability?" "Sometimes, that was the hardest part about life. You can control a fraction of it that is your own, but even then, people find ways to influence it all the time, both for the good and the bad." "You can�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¬�????�???�??�?�¢?�????�???�??�?�¢t change the past or just make it go away. No matter how much you want to."show more
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