The Road Beyond Ruin

The Road Beyond Ruin For some people in post World War II Germany the battle is not over August As Stefano an Italian POW heads toward home across war ravaged Germany he encounters a young child beside his dead m

  • Title: The Road Beyond Ruin
  • Author: Gemma Liviero
  • ISBN: 1978629079
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Audio CD
  • For some people in post World War II Germany, the battle is not over.August 1945 As Stefano, an Italian POW, heads toward home across war ravaged Germany, he encounters a young child beside his dead mother Unable to leave him to an unknown fate, Stefano takes the boy with him, finding refuge in a seemingly abandoned house in a secluded woodland.But the house is far from For some people in post World War II Germany, the battle is not over.August 1945 As Stefano, an Italian POW, heads toward home across war ravaged Germany, he encounters a young child beside his dead mother Unable to leave him to an unknown fate, Stefano takes the boy with him, finding refuge in a seemingly abandoned house in a secluded woodland.But the house is far from vacant Stefano wakes at the arrival of its owner, Erich, a former German soldier, who invites the travelers to stay until they can find safe passage home Stefano cautiously agrees, intrigued by the disarming German, his reclusive neighbor Rosalind, and her traumatized husband, Georg Stefano is also drawn to Monique, the girl in a photograph on Rosalind s wall, who went missing during the war.But when he discovers letters written by Monique, a darker truth emerges This place of refuge could be one of reckoning, and the secrets of the past might prevent the travelers from ever getting home Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Audio CD Published January 1st 2019 by Brilliance Audio More Details ISBN 1978629079 ISBN13 9781978629073 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Road Beyond Ruin, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Erich not Enrique like 10 days ago Add your answer Garrett Hutson Erich is the German form of the English Eric, and pronounced similarly Enrique is Spanish for Henry flag See 2 questions about The Road Beyond Ruin Lists with This Book 2019 Read Goals 85 books 1 voter More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 01, 2018 The Just About Cocky Ms M rated it it was amazing Shelves a real keeper, atmospheric in a good way, finally at last a good read, for adults with a brain, gives hf a good name for a change, my new bff, soooo good, the author nailed it, wonderful writing wonderful story For the past several months I have despaired of finding a good WWII novel I would have even settled for a decent one But alas All that seemed to flood the market were tales of tepid romance set against the war as nothing than wallpaper of silly female spies without the sense to come in out of the rain, much less slink around unsuccessfully in enemy territory equally vapid women running errands for the French Resistance which was apparently as numerous as the entire US army and Ha For the past several months I have despaired of finding a good WWII novel I would have even settled for a decent one But alas All that seemed to flood the market were tales of tepid romance set against the war as nothing than wallpaper of silly female spies without the sense to come in out of the rain, much less slink around unsuccessfully in enemy territory equally vapid women running errands for the French Resistance which was apparently as numerous as the entire US army and Harlequin romances and tales where it was painfully clear that the authors had confined their research to a couple of suspect Wiki articles.So what s a reader to do Like the answer to my please, send me a good WWII book prayer, I find this jewel nestling among the all too frequent dross of the First Reads Certainly, I was skeptical, as a reader would naturally be after being burned so often, and I nearly went for the suspense category But I took the chance.Wowza This is precisely what I d been wanting a complex tale of people surviving through the war and attempting to survive its aftermath The characters, from Erich to Rosalind to Stefano, are all damaged souls whose humanity and empathy has not been entirely obliterated by war and extermination and barbarity and a deep coldness, a lack of soul, with which there is no reasoning None of these people are clich s, none are one dimensional, and none will leave you unaffected.The settings are grim They are presented as a bleak, despairing lunar landscape of ruin, whether in Berlin or the fire ravaged Dresden or the little nameless, ransacked villages along Stephano s long homeward trek to the Mediterranean No Hallmark Card version of anything here.The tale of these people moves from the present, in March before the war is officially over in Europe through the spring and summer, to the 1930s where bits of their stories are introduced, logically, sparingly, and with purpose A judicious use, I think, of the principle that if you don t know where you ve been, how can you know where you re going The writing is lyrical, and suits itself to particular scenes or portions of scenes complex sentences with descriptive words but never too many short, staccato bursts like gunfire when the tension ratchets up reflective musings to show us the psyches of the characters I read this prose with pure enjoyment, with nary a stumble The plot as well unfolds with its switchbacks in a seamless flow, from the individual vignettes with their disparate backstories to the meshing of them all along the way Not many writers can pull this off so successfully And not many writers manage to neatly sidestep the usual inane tropes that are generally the bulwarks of present WWII historical fiction There is war here, and the memory of war, brutality, hate, and suspicion, reluctance, distrust, and love All in the proper measure and none of it contrived or forced Horror and despair at the beginning are slowly, painfully, assuaged by basic human feelings that may often be beaten but not entirely broken.I recommend this one highly, and note that, because of my often too critical tastes, I m going to have a difficult time finding something else this fine flag 32 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Jan 04, 2019 Stefanie rated it liked it The Road Beyond Ruin, by Gemma Liviero, was one of my Kindle First picks.This story is set during and after WWII The stories of Erich, Rosalind and Georg, Monique, and Stefano It is a tale of their time during the war and what becomes of their lives after I ve been drawn to historical novels lately, especially those set during the WWII era, no particular reason other than I find this time period fascinating.Now, this book starts out in the months after the war has ended, with Stefano, an Ital The Road Beyond Ruin, by Gemma Liviero, was one of my Kindle First picks.This story is set during and after WWII The stories of Erich, Rosalind and Georg, Monique, and Stefano It is a tale of their time during the war and what becomes of their lives after I ve been drawn to historical novels lately, especially those set during the WWII era, no particular reason other than I find this time period fascinating.Now, this book starts out in the months after the war has ended, with Stefano, an Italian, trying to find his way back home amongst the destruction and brokenness He runs into Erich, Rosalind and Georg, and tries to learn their stories to glean some insight The present timelines were quite boring in my opinion compared to the past timelines There was nothing moving it along other than wandering what has become of Rosalind s cousin, Monique It s just a lot of talking, starving, and figuring each other out The story is told from the perspective of Erich, Rosalind and Stefano Each chapter starting with one of them in the present time and in the middle of each chapter taking them back in time to where they were and what they were doing during the war I enjoyed the past references of each character and looked forward to those sections of the book versus the present sections.Like I said, the story is really slow moving until the last 25 percent of the book when things start to unfold and you learn the significance of these characters meeting Once I hit that point I couldn t put it down There were some things that were revealed that disappointed me in a way and I was hoping for a different turn, but as far as the historical aspect of this book I thought it was very well written.It wasn t my favorite book of historical fiction that I ve read lately, but I liked a good portion of the book and the final story that was told with the revealing flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Candace rated it it was amazing review of another edition Complex, multi layered, brilliant story telling The English translation from French is excellent A handful of survivors from Berlin and Italy converge in the immediate aftermath of WWII Included are a psychotic SS officer is that redundant and an orphaned boy found next to his mother s shattered remains, fiercely clutching a basket that holds his baby brother s body This is not to be missed flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 13, 2019 Elizabeth rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 publication, first reads, free ereader, kindle, owned, historical fiction, wwii fiction, netgalley I have thought long and hard about this book I found it very difficult to read But, in the end my thoughts are these.First, I loved the heart of the book I have read many novels about the war itself But this is the first book that I have read having to do with the aftermath and how affected the population was in general Here we have former military, civilian and a child all confronted with how to literally live after the mass the destruction that was WWII This is what held my attention.How I have thought long and hard about this book I found it very difficult to read But, in the end my thoughts are these.First, I loved the heart of the book I have read many novels about the war itself But this is the first book that I have read having to do with the aftermath and how affected the population was in general Here we have former military, civilian and a child all confronted with how to literally live after the mass the destruction that was WWII This is what held my attention.However, I was confused by the back and forth of the story I m not sure I understood that The characters were strong, the drama between Stefano and Erich particularly intrigued me But I kept having to go back to find the thread I needed to proceed.Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review I will remember it for a long time flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Carla rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, favorites Oh, this book I chose this as my First Reads pick, and it was so good THE ROAD BEYOND RUIN is a historical fiction novel set in Germany during WWII I was captured from the first page and read well past my bedtime because I had to see where this story was headed If you loved The Alice Network and or The Nightingale, you ll love this one just as much flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Shannon rated it it was ok review of another edition I wanted to love itThis is very vivid with details without getting gory Historically good information and felt realistic My big problem was that it was not in order She didn t reveal information unless it suited the situation, in attempt to keep it mysterious It only led to a very untidy, confusing, rushed ending She didn t transition well between new characters and didn t reveal purposes for being there It forced myself to read 95% of this book because I really wanted to like it WWII set I wanted to love itThis is very vivid with details without getting gory Historically good information and felt realistic My big problem was that it was not in order She didn t reveal information unless it suited the situation, in attempt to keep it mysterious It only led to a very untidy, confusing, rushed ending She didn t transition well between new characters and didn t reveal purposes for being there It forced myself to read 95% of this book because I really wanted to like it WWII setting was cool and it made me feel for the people who suffered because of it She spent too much time in the first half of the book which makes several ending chapters unnecessary Leaving plot holes that could ve made a fantastic ending, such a let down flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 19, 2018 Ron rated it really liked it This is an intriguing story that tells of the lives of five young people all caught up in World War II Europe, including the tense pre war years and the devastation following the war Centered around the brutal emotional and physical ordeal that the three men and two women experience as their paths cross and merge over a ten year period, from childhood to adults, spanning a whole range of love and hate Full of surprising and unexpected plot twists, The Road Beyond Ruin keeps the reader engros This is an intriguing story that tells of the lives of five young people all caught up in World War II Europe, including the tense pre war years and the devastation following the war Centered around the brutal emotional and physical ordeal that the three men and two women experience as their paths cross and merge over a ten year period, from childhood to adults, spanning a whole range of love and hate Full of surprising and unexpected plot twists, The Road Beyond Ruin keeps the reader engrossed until the end Another good WW II novel flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Charlotte Cumming rated it it was amazing review of another edition Please read this bookMs Liviero has presented a book that has characters deeply flawed, yet incredibly sympathetic I normally don t choose this type of book but it came up on my Prime selections and I have to say that I am happy that I selected it Thanks Prime She managed to give me an experience that has moved me deeply and brought to the forefront of my life a time period that I have little thought to in the past I cannot express how important this novel is and how touching and deep the e Please read this bookMs Liviero has presented a book that has characters deeply flawed, yet incredibly sympathetic I normally don t choose this type of book but it came up on my Prime selections and I have to say that I am happy that I selected it Thanks Prime She managed to give me an experience that has moved me deeply and brought to the forefront of my life a time period that I have little thought to in the past I cannot express how important this novel is and how touching and deep the emotions I am not a professional reviewer but am a voracious reader who will happily delve deeper into this time period and genre I hope my heart can withstand the incredible heartbreak and deep emotions that this novel presented in future reads Thank you Ms Liviero for an incredible read Please read this book of you read anything at all this year flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Esther Koncyk Mortensen rated it liked it review of another edition So confusing that I have to re read this book Overall, the story is fascinating well told except that the author made it a difficult to understand read Each chapter focused on a different character And each character s story in each chapter went back in time.Now, focusing on different characters in each chapter is acceptable And going back in time is also acceptable BUT mixing the two together gets very, very confusing.By the end, I was totally confused so just went with the stor So confusing that I have to re read this book Overall, the story is fascinating well told except that the author made it a difficult to understand read Each chapter focused on a different character And each character s story in each chapter went back in time.Now, focusing on different characters in each chapter is acceptable And going back in time is also acceptable BUT mixing the two together gets very, very confusing.By the end, I was totally confused so just went with the story until I finished it I now have to re read the book keep notes to keep everything straight enjoy the book than I did the first time If you understand the fact that I seldom see read books, you ll understand how frustrating the book was Why didn t I rate the book lower Because it really is a good story flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 30, 2019 Fred Shaw rated it liked it Gemma Liviero has written a powerful story of family, friends and enemies attempting to survive atrocities and make it home alive after WW II has ended Of German and Italian allegiance, both as allies and the resistance to Nazi horrors, they seek vengeance to wrongdoings done by each The author uses flashbacks in time to tell the story of each character This particular version is an audiobook, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld and Angelo Diloreto Plenty of suspense and surprises keep the reader Gemma Liviero has written a powerful story of family, friends and enemies attempting to survive atrocities and make it home alive after WW II has ended Of German and Italian allegiance, both as allies and the resistance to Nazi horrors, they seek vengeance to wrongdoings done by each The author uses flashbacks in time to tell the story of each character This particular version is an audiobook, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld and Angelo Diloreto Plenty of suspense and surprises keep the reader turning pages, and I recommend this historical novel to lovers of the genre flag 4 likesLike see review Fred Shaw Thanks Greta Jan 31, 2019 11 01AM Dec 13, 2018 Ginger Byrnes rated it liked it review of another edition Fantastic story with a disappointing endingI loved this book and had a hard time putting it down, I longed to be back with the characters and find out the whole truth, the entire story This is a book that show another side of the war how so many people suffered, those who dared to speak against the war, free thinkers and also the terrible aftermath A side often not mentioned or written about.This would be a great movie.Sadly, the ending was missing a lot of components for me, feels like the Fantastic story with a disappointing endingI loved this book and had a hard time putting it down, I longed to be back with the characters and find out the whole truth, the entire story This is a book that show another side of the war how so many people suffered, those who dared to speak against the war, free thinkers and also the terrible aftermath A side often not mentioned or written about.This would be a great movie.Sadly, the ending was missing a lot of components for me, feels like the final chapters were hurried And several pieces of the storyline was never revealed.Another issue is the way this was edited, lots of funny sentences perhaps a translation issue flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 18, 2019 Lilly Minasyan rated it really liked it That Ending Though I m that reader that will think of plot twists, so I won t be surprised if something happens, this book just blew my mind At one point, I got so confused what is going on, I was thinking Am I getting this right No way and then it would reveal something else And I would stand there like oh ok I need to sit and process this information Love that my books are surprising me.The story is mainly about 5 people our lovely Italian Stefano, our lovely German Monique That Ending Though I m that reader that will think of plot twists, so I won t be surprised if something happens, this book just blew my mind At one point, I got so confused what is going on, I was thinking Am I getting this right No way and then it would reveal something else And I would stand there like oh ok I need to sit and process this information Love that my books are surprising me.The story is mainly about 5 people our lovely Italian Stefano, our lovely German Monique, our wonderful German George, not so lovely German Rosalind, and we just don t like this type of German Erich Locations Italy and Germany, time period before, during and after WW2.The story didn t touch my soul on emotional level, there wasn t a point where I wanted to cry, which usually I expect from my historical fictions, I think the plot twists make this book amazing, if it wasn t for plot twists, this book wouldn t do for me at all.i can t say much , just read it flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Vicki rated it really liked it My rating 4.3For some people in post World War II Germany, the battle is not over.August 1945 As Stefano, an Italian POW, heads toward home across war ravaged Germany, he encounters a young child beside his dead mother Unable to leave him to an unknown fate, Stefano takes the boy with him, finding refuge in a seemingly abandoned house in a secluded woodland.But the house is far from vacant Stefano wakes at the arrival of its owner, Erich, a former German soldier, who invites the travelers to My rating 4.3For some people in post World War II Germany, the battle is not over.August 1945 As Stefano, an Italian POW, heads toward home across war ravaged Germany, he encounters a young child beside his dead mother Unable to leave him to an unknown fate, Stefano takes the boy with him, finding refuge in a seemingly abandoned house in a secluded woodland.But the house is far from vacant Stefano wakes at the arrival of its owner, Erich, a former German soldier, who invites the travelers to stay until they can find safe passage home Stefano cautiously agrees, intrigued by the disarming German, his reclusive neighbor Rosalind, and her traumatized husband, Georg Stefano is also drawn to Monique, the girl in a photograph on Rosalind s wall, who went missing during the war.But when he discovers letters written by Monique, a darker truth emerges This place of refuge could be one of reckoning, and the secrets of the past might prevent the travelers from ever getting home.The setting for this book is the end of World War II as the Russians are entering Germany and other countries and plundering it There are constant flashbacks for the main characters as their own stories develop and we see how people reacted to war and the Nazis in Germany and Italy I enjoyed the historical setting and glimpse into the stresses caused by war Each has his own story and has learned not to trust others or what they appear to be while also trying to find a way back from the terrible emotional destruction of the war The story twists and turns until all the stories are told and only then can the characters move forward flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Sally Peters rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow What a book It was hard to put it down Present is in Germany shortly after the end of World War Two There are five main characters, each dealing with the results of war in their own way We follow each one, back and forth in time until we think we know them The characters and the actions of each one keeps unfolding, building and depth, and intrigue until the resolution flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Megan Beckelhimer rated it it was ok I hated this book.This was my December pick for First Reads, and I so wish I had gone with something different I m usually a huge fan of historical fiction, but this was just not good at all.I m a fairly intuitive reader, so I usually have a good idea of where a plot is headed before it gets there I m usually happy to be surprised This, however, is only the case if the plot twist is well executed.This book has a few twists, but they are so poorly thought out that it makes what could ha I hated this book.This was my December pick for First Reads, and I so wish I had gone with something different I m usually a huge fan of historical fiction, but this was just not good at all.I m a fairly intuitive reader, so I usually have a good idea of where a plot is headed before it gets there I m usually happy to be surprised This, however, is only the case if the plot twist is well executed.This book has a few twists, but they are so poorly thought out that it makes what could have been an outstanding novel absolutely terrible The twists don t even make sense My advice to this writer is that if you re going to write from multiple perspectives, at least be consistent with your characters thought processes This book would have been far better if only told from the perspective of one or two people, probably Erich and or Rosalind If you want to surprise your readers, make it a surprise that isn t completely unbelievable.I rarely write a review this harsh, but this book actually made me angry.Two out of five stars.Blog flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Marlena rated it liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I ll start by saying I really, really enjoyed this book From start to, well climax To be honest, I loved the premise before I even started it My own oma having grown up in post war Germany, I was thrilled to find a book that didn t just focus on the horrors of WWII but also the hardships and difficulties that continued well after the war had ended I expected something like the Book Thief tales of the average Germans who realized all too late what they had allowed to happen out of fear, c I ll start by saying I really, really enjoyed this book From start to, well climax To be honest, I loved the premise before I even started it My own oma having grown up in post war Germany, I was thrilled to find a book that didn t just focus on the horrors of WWII but also the hardships and difficulties that continued well after the war had ended I expected something like the Book Thief tales of the average Germans who realized all too late what they had allowed to happen out of fear, complacency, or na vet And for three wonderful quarters this book delivered The strangeness of soldiers suddenly returned from war, the slow horror of realizing what your nationality has made you a part of, the shattered streets of Berlin with mountains of rubble and the process, the enormity of which I cannot even begin to fathom, of transforming those smoking remains into the unparalleled city that stands today Characters so complex I couldn t decide if I loved them or hated them Jealousies, regrets, the things war pushes you to do and the things you get away with when everyone else is too distracted by war Things started to fall apart for me as they came together for the plot My first complaint was that every character in this book had a huge secret Everyone was a spy or a former member of the SS Nobody was the average Josef on the stra e that I had originally believed they were I realize this is a personal issue and not a valid complaint so I didn t penalize the book in my star rating but I think it s worth mentioning Also the complex, hard to love impossible to hate characters that had drawn me in fell apart when Monique was truly introduced This bitch is flawless Kind, beautiful, selfless, misunderstood, mistreated, does this woman have any flaws Not to mention and this is a petty one the authors pathetic attempt at a snappy one liner when the hero finally bests his foe was so shitty and embarrassing that I almost had to put the book down right then and there My largest complaint, however, was definitely the overall ending of BIGBOY SPOILERS COMING UP everyone bad gets what they deserve and everyone good lives happily ever after in one big family How can a book who s central topic is so famously a tragic one insist on forcing a wimpy ending like that Good people died Tortured people returned to homes that had been ransacked and robbed Bad people disappeared forever away from justice or retribution This isn t your fairy tale, this is a real event that tore apart lives and families and changed all of history Your beautiful heroine doesn t get pulled from an early grave in the nick of time Most of the time, she just dies The Russian soldiers don t just deus ex machina themselves into the picture at just the right time to take away the bad man Some of them take advantage of an already broken country full of already beaten people I really enjoyed a lot of aspects of this book but I also expected Especially in our current political climate I think it s important to remind people that Germans weren t some evil entity that committed horrible crimes with emotionless efficiency Most of them were just people who sat by and let things get a little bit worse and a little bit worse until suddenly it was too late to stand up and say something What I wanted from this book was a story about those people and how it feels to cope with what you unwittingly became a part of as your entire country crashes to pieces around you Maybe I couldn t get past that to really enjoy a captivating book about secret love affairs, double crossings, and revenge Maybe the book I wanted wouldn t have even been interesting Either way 3.5 5 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Leslie rated it liked it Shelves kindle first, historical fiction This took wayyyyyy too long to get going, and there are so many characters that I gave up on keeping them straight especially Stefano s relatives It picked up about halfway through, though, so I m glad I stuck with it The plot twists and turns are kinda crazy, and though I ve finished the book, I m still not quite sure what the true story was D flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Brandy rated it really liked it review of another edition Insightful and tragicA touching and heartbreaking tale of WW2 and its life altering effects on those involved and scarred from its violence and destruction even among and between lifelong friends and family flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Jypsy rated it really liked it review of another edition I m drawn to anything about WWII This was a fantastic story with all the feels Great writing and memorable characters make this book one to read and enjoy flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Sandra White added it I love World War II historical fiction and this was another good one flag 1 likeLike see review Gaby Have you read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah I loved that book Jan 24, 2019 04 08PM Sandra White I don t think so I ll add it to my list Thanks Jan 28, 2019 10 54AM Dec 20, 2018 Kristie marked it as to read Shelves 2019, historical_fiction, kindle first Kindle First Reads December 2018 flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Melanie rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves kindle, read in 2018 I d say this is really a 3.5 Another WWII story This is post war, in Germany and the story revolves about 3 childhood friends and an Italian stranger who comes upon the homes once shared, as children The books uses perspective and goes back and forth with time I enjoyed the story overall, but felt it could have been streamlined in places I got this as a prime member first read and am glad to have had the opportunity to read it flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Linda Romer rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves reviews, favorites This book was amazing, I loved it I have read a lot of World War ll books and this one is a bit different It has a mystery that unfolds within the story that is compelling and unexpected A surprising outcome that I didn t expect The story is set right after the war ends, 1945 present day, but goes back and fourth to explain the plot The characters are well thought out and are so interesting I am looking forward to reading from this Author.I give The Road Beyond Ruin 5 stars for its co This book was amazing, I loved it I have read a lot of World War ll books and this one is a bit different It has a mystery that unfolds within the story that is compelling and unexpected A surprising outcome that I didn t expect The story is set right after the war ends, 1945 present day, but goes back and fourth to explain the plot The characters are well thought out and are so interesting I am looking forward to reading from this Author.I give The Road Beyond Ruin 5 stars for its compelling read.I would recommend this book to Historical Fiction World War ll Fans flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Dee rated it it was amazing review of another edition Great author, looking forward to her other novelsThis author has an excellent way of setting up a story The characters in this novel are inttresting You never quite know who they really are or their goals, making the story intriguing This is a well written story I remember, as a child hearing my grandparents friends tell of the days living under the Mussolini and Hitler influence It was not pretty I like the writers style She is a challenging story teller WWII novel fans will e Great author, looking forward to her other novelsThis author has an excellent way of setting up a story The characters in this novel are inttresting You never quite know who they really are or their goals, making the story intriguing This is a well written story I remember, as a child hearing my grandparents friends tell of the days living under the Mussolini and Hitler influence It was not pretty I like the writers style She is a challenging story teller WWII novel fans will enjoy this one flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 04, 2019 Kristin rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves read historical fiction, read wwi wwii fiction I m going to follow the star rating and say it was just okay.While I found the different prospective former Axis supporters as opposed to the usual refugees and Allied forces and the timeline just after WWII ends interesting, the ending sort of brought the whole thing down for me.Well, that and the timeline jumps The jumps happened so randomly and were barely distinguished by little than a faint date that sometimes I didn t catch the jump was happening You d be in the midst of one I m going to follow the star rating and say it was just okay.While I found the different prospective former Axis supporters as opposed to the usual refugees and Allied forces and the timeline just after WWII ends interesting, the ending sort of brought the whole thing down for me.Well, that and the timeline jumps The jumps happened so randomly and were barely distinguished by little than a faint date that sometimes I didn t catch the jump was happening You d be in the midst of one scene and then literally in the middle of a paragraph it breaks off and starts talking about something else The transition wasn t seamless, it was actually pretty jarring and often than not caused confusion I thought a few times the book had been misprinted because the timeline jump started on a new page and I didn t notice the faint date.The characters were pretty unlikable, which weirdly added to the story, no one has time to be selfless and perfect in an essentially post apocalyptic country with bands of rogue Nazis and thieves running around killing and robbing people Not to mention the Soviet Union and all their raping and pillaging And people who were pro Hitler aren t going to change their minds overnight and accept everyone with open arms The problem was, these unlikable characters, weren t very interesting Two in particular were so boring I dreaded reading their stories, which is a same, as two former Nazis they could have given us a very interesting view on the aftermath of the war Unfortunately, the fact that they were formally employed by the Axis powers, is about the only thing that s interesting about them.Rosalind in particularly was my least favorite character, was extremely self absorbed, selfish, and completely entitled Which could make for a pretty interesting character, there s to her than meets the eye or it s her natural distrust towards people But no That s just how she is naturally A petty, jealous, woman child, who is so self absorbed she doesn t notice whats going on around her unless it takes attention away from her.And Erichwell does anyone remember that old show Allo Allo about the Nazi occupation of France, that follows the playboy cafe owner, Rene, who unwittingly joins the French Resistance Well, Erich reminds me almost word for word of Herr Otto Flick, the overly serious, socially awkward, and completely brainwashed Gestapo.Stefano was a interesting character, but I can t go into detail about him without spoilers But let s just say he was basically the saving grace in a land of bland characters.And then we have Monique, the perfect woman who destroys what little story there is and turns it into a Disney movie It took a story that was lukewarm at best and added way too many unnecessary and unrealistic twists to end it with a pretty little bow wrapped up on top The reality of war is much harsher than this and not everyone got the revenge they wanted Why would Erich, supposedly smart and detached from everything, return to his former village knowing the Soviets and Americans are hot on the ass of any former Nazis, especially ones of his rank And think he could just blend in and never be discovered It doesn t make any sense flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 Pam rated it it was amazing The Road Beyond Ruin is by Gemma Lievero This is a post World War II novel It is set in Russian held German territory at the beginning of the occupation The Russians are just getting settled in to govern the new territory Holocaust survivors are walking through the towns on their way home or to displacement camps They are starving and beg, borrow or steal to survive Women who have waited for their loved ones to come back from serving in the army are having to cope with keeping themselves a The Road Beyond Ruin is by Gemma Lievero This is a post World War II novel It is set in Russian held German territory at the beginning of the occupation The Russians are just getting settled in to govern the new territory Holocaust survivors are walking through the towns on their way home or to displacement camps They are starving and beg, borrow or steal to survive Women who have waited for their loved ones to come back from serving in the army are having to cope with keeping themselves and their families from starving and face the horrific wounds their men have taken Sometimes, those wounds are inside rather than outside Georg and Rosalind grew up together spending each summer at their grandmother s cabins which were side by side From the first, it was always hinted that they would marry when they were old enough Then Rosalind s aunt and uncle disappeared and her cousin Monique came to stay with them She infiltrated the twosome of Georg and Rosalind and it became a threesome with Rosalind many times left out Georg always made sure Rosalind was included but his interest was captured by Monique When Georg had his friend Erich come visit, it seemed he had him come for Rosalind but he wasn t really interested in her His interest lay in architecture like his Father He wanted than anything to make his Father proud of him As Hitler came into power, the small group began taking sides Rosalind really didn t care but was pretty much a follower Monique was against him Georg really didn t care but would fight for his country and Erich took great interest in Hitler and his plans mainly to please his Father and later he came to believe Hitler s plans During the war, the four managed to co exist After the war, a survivor, Stefano and an orphan he comes across, find themselves living in a supposedly abandoned house next to Rosalind and Georg They just need some food and a place to rest before Stefano heads on for Italy and takes Michal to a displacement camp Stefano had fought for Italy and Germany and had been taken prisoner by the Russians and only let go because of the numbers on his arm He wants to go home but he delays because he doesn t know what his reception will be Now he finds himself living in Erich s house and getting to know Rosalind In exchange for food and shelter, he begins helping Rosalind fix her house Erich promises to get him on a train in a couple of weeks But is there some alternative reason, a once high ranking Nazi would want to help a Jewish survivor What is the tie between Rosalind and Erich when it is obvious that they hate each other Where is Monique The book is quite unusual and it jumps from one character to another to tell the story This was confusing at times The author never really clarifies the relationship between Georg, Rosalind, Monique and Erich until the end Partially clarifying it earlier would make the book easier to understand The twist at the end is one that the reader never sees coming It is a powerful book about the confusion the war caused for all concerned flag Like see review Jan 19, 2019 Sarah H rated it liked it review of another edition I received this book free through the Kindle First program for Prime members I m not sure if I should give 2 or 3 stars I m so torn This book takes place around 1945 with flashes back to a few years before The chapters are arranged by character and the main characters are Rosalind, Stephano, and Erich Also toward the end there are chapters with Monique and Georg Even when it s that character s chapter, the narrator is still omniscient, it s not first person There are also letters f I received this book free through the Kindle First program for Prime members I m not sure if I should give 2 or 3 stars I m so torn This book takes place around 1945 with flashes back to a few years before The chapters are arranged by character and the main characters are Rosalind, Stephano, and Erich Also toward the end there are chapters with Monique and Georg Even when it s that character s chapter, the narrator is still omniscient, it s not first person There are also letters from Monique interspersed between chapters The chapters are told in the present time which I think is May 1945 with a flashback in the second half of the chapter which adds back story I really enjoyed about the first 75% of this book, it s a good character study and I thought the plot was interesting It takes place in Germany just after WWII when things are a little chaotic and people are returning home I thought the book was good but at the end things start to unravel, I felt there were several things that were left unsaid and hanging that did not resolve, which disappointed me For instance, how did Monique s letters get back to the farmhouse and how did they find Vivi in the end Also the last bit the timeline was very confusing The epilogue, that was awful All it did was make me ask questions rather than bring things to a close This would have been an awesome book except for the end I even told my husband this is getting so bad I don t know if I can finish , but I only had 15 pages left I finished but it gave me no resolution It was so close to being a great book flag Like see review Jan 01, 2019 Luschka Onselen rated it it was amazing review of another edition Well, just wow, basically You know, we are so preconditioned to seeing certain groups as bad guys and other groups as good guys that when you actually get to know the bad guys it can be a little uncomfortable I think in the current political climate, this is an incredible new year s read.Let s see there s Stefano, an Italian soldier who joined the Italian army, which then allied itself to Germany, meaning the Italian soldiers were forced to fight with Germany Then there s Erich who j Well, just wow, basically You know, we are so preconditioned to seeing certain groups as bad guys and other groups as good guys that when you actually get to know the bad guys it can be a little uncomfortable I think in the current political climate, this is an incredible new year s read.Let s see there s Stefano, an Italian soldier who joined the Italian army, which then allied itself to Germany, meaning the Italian soldiers were forced to fight with Germany Then there s Erich who just wants to make his engineer dad proud and becomes a key player in the German army There s also his best friend Georg who fights on the front, but starts to realise that the war isn t right which causes irrevocable animosity between the childhood friends.Then there are cousins Monique and Rosa who are on different sides of political party lines and for those opposed to the German government that was as treacherous during the war as it was to those for the government after.This is a tale of betrayal, revenge, resolution and it is haunting While it is fictional, there s truth to the conditions, circumstances and lives that touch the fake characters Like most fiction, there is a truth running through it It s one of those books where it it seems like two stories running concurrently, to a point, then they converge into the actual story bit In the end what you re left with are lives, men and women, children, love, loss, and HUMAN BEINGS no different to the good guys and some deeply troubling, relevent to today quotes to draw parallels from flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Vanessa Di Stefano rated it it was amazing I enjoyed this book, and towards the end found it hard to put down I also very much liked the literary ploy of each chapter being written from the point of view of a different character However, it has to be said that the ploy was somewhat forced here as throughout most of the story, with one of the characters in particular, their present thoughts and motives did not match their past I can t say any than that without writing spoilers, but it was somewhat irritating I also found the cons I enjoyed this book, and towards the end found it hard to put down I also very much liked the literary ploy of each chapter being written from the point of view of a different character However, it has to be said that the ploy was somewhat forced here as throughout most of the story, with one of the characters in particular, their present thoughts and motives did not match their past I can t say any than that without writing spoilers, but it was somewhat irritating I also found the constant references to pasts that were nevertheless kept hidden from the reader slightly irritating, but perhaps that is a problem I have rather than a problem with the book Likewise, towards the end of the book I found constant going backwards and forwards between the past and the present created a rather confusing timeline and I am still not sure I have it in the right order in my head The epilogue also left me somewhat perplexed as it didn t seem to fit and nor did it have enough information in it to understand the meaning of it All that said, none of these issues were quite enough to take away from the overall pleasure of the book The historical context of the end of the war and its chaotic immediate aftermath was an interesting one, and one that is not often addressed, and it was described well and realistically Overall I did enjoy the book, and would recommend it as a light historical novel flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Drick rated it really liked it Shelves fiction, history This book takes place in southern Germany in 1945 at end of the war For much of the book, the story centers around four indivdiuals Erik, a German officer who finds and interrogates Jews and other enemies of the Nazis Georg, Erik s close friend and soldier in the Nazi army who has suffered a severe head injury that has left him mentally disabled Rosalind, Georg s wife and lifelong friend who is caring for them in their summer home in Southern Germany and Stefano, an Italian who has joined This book takes place in southern Germany in 1945 at end of the war For much of the book, the story centers around four indivdiuals Erik, a German officer who finds and interrogates Jews and other enemies of the Nazis Georg, Erik s close friend and soldier in the Nazi army who has suffered a severe head injury that has left him mentally disabled Rosalind, Georg s wife and lifelong friend who is caring for them in their summer home in Southern Germany and Stefano, an Italian who has joined the resistance to Mussolini and the HItler regime, who appears at their southern Germany cabins as a refugee seeking to go home to Italy In the background through a picture on the wall and letters written but never sent is Monique, who as the story unfolds is the one who seems to hold all the other four together, but who is a mystery in her own right At one level this is a story of the devastation that befalls people on all sides in the midst of and at the end of a war On another level it is the story of a variety of love triangles that merge as the story unfolds.Like any good story, it is unclear what connects these people or how or why their lives intersect, but in the end they do, and it is a good read to the end There is much to the story than I have shared, but to say much is to give away a plot with many 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    1. For the past several months I have despaired of finding a good WWII novel I would have even settled for a decent one But alas All that seemed to flood the market were tales of tepid romance set against the war as nothing than wallpaper of silly female spies without the sense to come in out of the rain, much less slink around unsuccessfully in enemy territory equally vapid women running errands for the French Resistance which was apparently as numerous as the entire US army and Ha For the past [...]

    2. The Road Beyond Ruin, by Gemma Liviero, was one of my Kindle First picks.This story is set during and after WWII The stories of Erich, Rosalind and Georg, Monique, and Stefano It is a tale of their time during the war and what becomes of their lives after I ve been drawn to historical novels lately, especially those set during the WWII era, no particular reason other than I find this time period fascinating.Now, this book starts out in the months after the war has ended, with Stefano, an Ital Th [...]

    3. Complex, multi layered, brilliant story telling The English translation from French is excellent A handful of survivors from Berlin and Italy converge in the immediate aftermath of WWII Included are a psychotic SS officer is that redundant and an orphaned boy found next to his mother s shattered remains, fiercely clutching a basket that holds his baby brother s body This is not to be missed

    4. I have thought long and hard about this book I found it very difficult to read But, in the end my thoughts are these.First, I loved the heart of the book I have read many novels about the war itself But this is the first book that I have read having to do with the aftermath and how affected the population was in general Here we have former military, civilian and a child all confronted with how to literally live after the mass the destruction that was WWII This is what held my attention.How I hav [...]

    5. Oh, this book I chose this as my First Reads pick, and it was so good THE ROAD BEYOND RUIN is a historical fiction novel set in Germany during WWII I was captured from the first page and read well past my bedtime because I had to see where this story was headed If you loved The Alice Network and or The Nightingale, you ll love this one just as much

    6. I wanted to love itThis is very vivid with details without getting gory Historically good information and felt realistic My big problem was that it was not in order She didn t reveal information unless it suited the situation, in attempt to keep it mysterious It only led to a very untidy, confusing, rushed ending She didn t transition well between new characters and didn t reveal purposes for being there It forced myself to read 95% of this book because I really wanted to like it WWII set I want [...]

    7. This is an intriguing story that tells of the lives of five young people all caught up in World War II Europe, including the tense pre war years and the devastation following the war Centered around the brutal emotional and physical ordeal that the three men and two women experience as their paths cross and merge over a ten year period, from childhood to adults, spanning a whole range of love and hate Full of surprising and unexpected plot twists, The Road Beyond Ruin keeps the reader engros Thi [...]

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