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...


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TitleThe Road Beyond Ruin
ISBN9781978629073
Author
Release DateJan 1st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II
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Reviews The Road Beyond Ruin

  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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!
  • Carla
    1970-01-01
    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!
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Ron
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Esther Koncyk Mortensen
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Shannon
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Lilly Minasyan
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Ginger Byrnes
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Sally Peters
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Marlena
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Leslie
    1970-01-01
    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
  • Jypsy
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Melanie
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Megan Beckelhimer
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Dee
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kristin
    1970-01-01
    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 more than a faint date that sometimes I didn't catch th...
  • Lindsay
    1970-01-01
    The Road Beyond Ruin by Gemma Liviero is a historical fiction novel that takes place after Word War II has ended. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this novel to review from Amazon Publishing and Brilliance Publishing. All opinions are my own.Stefano is an Italian POW who is trying to navigate his way home in the postwar climate. He stumbles upon a little boy clinging to his deceased mother and despite wanting to leave him behind, takes him...
  • Luschka Onselen
    1970-01-01
    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 forc...
  • Jim Lewis
    1970-01-01
    This is a rich, complex, multi-layered novel focusing on the aftermath of the Second World War. Its scenes span from battle-scarred Berlin to divided Italy during the Saló regime, telling the stories of Nazi officers, frontline soldiers, partisans, and their loved ones. The author has done her homework, searching WWII archives and holocaust histories on three continents.Much as I appreciated these elements, the novel stumbled in my estimation fo...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    Rate 4.25August 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 fin...
  • Leighellen
    1970-01-01
    Yes, this book is set during post WWII Germany but I'm not sure I would call this a historical fiction novel. This is not a tear jerker or a love story. This is definitely a full on drama, I would even put it at murder mystery or suspense. This book has so many plot twists and turns! It has been awhile since a book clearly had me stumped all the way through. I kept switching my allegiances and theories throughout the reading of it. This book star...
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    Four friends, a world war, a soldier on his way home. One truth, 3 liesWhat was it like to experience immediate post-war Germany and be on the losing side? This novel traces the lives of 4 friends from about 1936-1945. At first, George, Rosalind, Monique, and Erich are carefree teenagers, but later on loyalties become divided..Enter Stefano, who is on his way home to Italy from a German concentration camp. He need a place to sleep an stumbles on ...
  • Marcy Guenette
    1970-01-01
    “The Road Beyond Ruin” gives the reader an unusual twist on the story of WWII as it is set in defeated and devastated Germany immediately following victory by Allied forces. We first meet Stefano, an Italian soldier and former Russian Pow, as he walks back to his home in Italy. Along the way, he finds a young boy in a field along side his dead mother and baby brother. Together they soon find hospitality with a former Nazi SS officier in an ab...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    Rate 4.25August 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 fin...