The Road Beyond Ruin by Gemma Liviero

The Road Beyond Ruin

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...

Details The Road Beyond Ruin

TitleThe Road Beyond Ruin
Release DateJan 1st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews The Road Beyond Ruin

  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    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 more 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 apparen...
  • Stefanie
    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 m...
  • Candace
    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!
  • Shannon
    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...
  • Fred Shaw
    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....
  • Elizabeth
    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...
  • Carla
    Oh, this book! 😍 I chose this as my @amazon 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!
  • Megan Beckelhimer
    I hated this book.This was my December pick for Amazon 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...
  • Esther Koncyk Mortensen
    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 tot...
  • Ron
    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 twis...
  • Charlotte Cumming
    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 impor...
  • Jypsy
    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.
  • Ginger Byrnes
    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 ...
  • Lilly Minasyan
    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...
  • Vicki
    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 ...
  • Jph12
    I think I'm done with books involving heavy doses of flashbacks. Creating tension by withholding information that the characters know is nothing but a cheap parlor trick. Don't give me access to multiple characters' thoughts and feelings while withholding not just their motivations but their reasons for being involved in the story at all. (view spoiler)[And as the information we should have known from the beginning is revealed, the story goes fro...
  • Sally Peters
    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 more and more depth, more and more intrigue until the resolution.
  • Balroop Singh
    The Road Beyond Ruin by Gemma Liviero is painfully slow, disconnected and confusing, as it moves back and forth in time and leaves loopholes to keep some information secret. The pleasure of reading is snatched from the reader when most of the incidents are left hanging. This could have been a brilliant novel if the plot had been professionally handled and astutely edited. Some parts of the book shine despite inept editing but on the whole, with d...
  • Leslie
    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
  • Marlena
    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 t...
  • Randall
    I loved this book! It was kind of slow to start with, but the author did a great job of building the story and you appreciate the information by the end of the book. This was a fresh perspective on World War Two and I appreciated how the story was told from the German and Italian views. The guessing game was played until the very end!
  • Amber
    Whenever I had to stop reading this book I could hardly wait to get back to it. I even purchased the audible companion so I could listen in the car on my hour long commutes.The characters were well developed, and I liked how the chapters were broken so that you were reading from each of their view points. There was a time when I thought I knew how the book would end and then I wasn't so sure. I'm generally pretty good at figure it out, but was pl...
  • Brandy
    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.
  • Anna
    This book kept me interested and guessing all along. (Though a few things were pretty obvious I thought.) And it still had some surprises for me in the end. Though there was one character that I don’t think they gave a clear finish to. It had me asking, “but what happened to him/her.” (ambiguous on purpose so as to not give away any spoilers)It also gave me a look into what postwar Germans’ lives were like, both Nazis as well as those not...
  • Melanie
    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.
  • Linda Romer
    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 more from this Aut...
  • Sandra Knapp
    Very good!!I was involved from the very beginning, and from the start, I never knew exactly what was going to happen next. The ending was a complete surprise. I really enjoyed this story. Every page, every chapter, every word!
  • Dee
    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 more 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 mor...