The Road Beyond Ruin

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 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.

Title:The Road Beyond Ruin
ISBN:9781978629073

    The Road Beyond Ruin Reviews

  • 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 aga...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ar...

  • 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 un...

  • 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 allie...

  • 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 itsel...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...