Echo from Mount Royal wins first place in the Fiction/Novel category
Online PR News – 27-July-2016 – Wilmington,Mass – Echo from Mount Royal by Dave Riese, a New England resident, was selected as one of the best indie books of 2016. His novel is the winner of the General Fiction/Novel category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the world’s largest not-for-profit book awards program for self-published authors. His novel also won the Second Place Grand Prize among all Fiction Books. The judges, many coming from long-standing careers with major publishing houses, identify books that deserve to reach a wide audience. The awards were presented on May 11 in a ceremony at Chicago’s Newberry Library.
Echo from Mount Royal takes place in Montreal, 1951. Rebecca Wiseman, 18 years old, from a Catholic-Jewish family, lives with her parents in Outremont. At a local dance, she briefly meets a handsome young man, but has little hope of seeing him again. When Sol Gottesman tracks her down and asks her on a date, her joy mingles with disbelief when she learns he is the son of a wealthy Westmount businessman.
Sol takes her in his father’s chauffeured Rolls-Royce to the most expensive restaurant in the city, introducing Rebecca to a world of upper-class wealth and privilege unknown in her working-class family. She soon learns that,qqqqq despite Sol’s outward charm, he lacks self-confidence. On a visit to Mount Royal overlooking the city, Sol reveals the simmering conflicts in his family. Rebecca’s wants to protect Sol, but helping him stand up to his family, puts her squarely in the midst of it all.
Class, religion, family conflict and sexual secrets test their love and Rebecca struggles to control events. And then a late night telephone call changes her life forever.
Genesis of the Novel
The novel is the result of a friendship between the author and an elderly Jewish woman who met occasionally over coffee in the cafe downstairs from his office. “When she learned that I was a writer,” Riese recalls, “she told me many stories about growing up in Montreal during WWII. A story about her engagement as an 18-year-old girl astounded me. She invited me to ‘write it up.’” Riese smiles. “She thought it would make an interesting short story.”
Over the next ten months, he gave her chapters to read. When the 300-page manuscript was finished, she hefted the pages laughing, “This weighs more than a short story!”” Riese describes her as a ‘great sport,’ since most of the book is fiction. “It took a lot of courage to reveal a story she hadn’t told a soul about in over 60 years!”
“The author wrote an absorbing romantic book spiced with family secrets and shocking revelations...I recommend it to those who enjoy stories about romantic love and family.” – Online Book Club.org
“Rebecca is a very likable character...From the opening pages, I was hooked on her narrative...Full of vivid descriptions, crisp dialogue and a headstrong female protagonist at its center, this book left me emotionally exhausted but equally sad to see it end.” – Malka Ahmed, Contemporary-Books.com
About the Author
Dave Riese, a retired IT professional, is a social history buff of the 20th century, collecting the memories of relatives and friends. Their experiences inspire him to write about the unexpected events in daily life. He and his wife live in Wilmington, Massachusetts when not visiting grandchildren or travelling throughout the world.
Echo from Mount Royal is available on Amazon, Smashwords, and from local bookstores.