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For some people in post–World War II Germany the battle is not overAugust 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 hou It's the end of the second world war and everyone is telling lies about the part they played in the conflict Stefano claims to be an Italian soldier who fought with the Germans but was imprisoned when Italy changed sides He is making his way back to Italy when he meets an orphaned young boy and feels compelled to take him under his wing They take refuge in a house but are discovered by a former German soldier There's clearly something sinister about this man In the house next door there's another former German soldier and his wife This soldier is shellshocked and addicted to drugs The novel is split into four narratives becoming five later in the novel Each chapter also features flashbacks showing us the wartime experiences of each of the characters Though the author sustains much of the mystery by withholding information What this novel does best is show how much emotional damage the war did It's a competently written and very well researched novel The reason it didn't warrant five stars for me was I felt the author rather overegged the melodrama towards the end The withholding of key information at times was a little heavy handed And she used the same scenario at least a dozen times showing someone on the verge of being killed who later we discover miraculously escaped It became a little predictable as a ruse It also got a bit over complicated But on the whole an edifying read Power And Prosperity overAugust 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 hou It's the end High Stakes (Vampire Beach, of the second world war and everyone is telling lies about the part they played in the conflict Stefano claims to be an Italian soldier who fought with the Germans but was imprisoned when Italy changed sides He is making his way back to Italy when he meets an Half to Death orphaned young boy and feels compelled to take him under his wing They take refuge in a house but are discovered by a former German soldier There's clearly something sinister about this man In the house next door there's another former German soldier and his wife This soldier is shellshocked and addicted to drugs The novel is split into four narratives becoming five later in the novel Each chapter also features flashbacks showing us the wartime experiences Geronimo of each Must Love Breeches (Must Love, of the characters Though the author sustains much Το καφενείο των τρελλών of the mystery by withholding information What this novel does best is show how much emotional damage the war did It's a competently written and very well researched novel The reason it didn't warrant five stars for me was I felt the author rather When Science Fails overegged the melodrama towards the end The withholding It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy of key information at times was a little heavy handed And she used the same scenario at least a dozen times showing someone EUSKARA ADIBIDEZ 4 LEHEN HEZKUNTZA IKASLIBURUA JAKINTZAREN BIDEAK ARINDU BIZKARRA on the verge Studying the Novel of being killed who later we discover miraculously escaped It became a little predictable as a ruse It also got a bit Quiéreme menos pero quiéreme bien (Volumen independiente) over complicated But Theories of International Politics and Zombies on the whole an edifying read

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Sband Georg Stefano is also drawn to Moniue the girl in a photograph on Rosalind’s wall who went missing during the warBut when he discovers letters written by Moniue 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 hom 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 timeNow 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 confusingBy 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 My Brothers Love on Rosalind’s wall who went missing during the warBut when he discovers letters written by Moniue a darker truth emerges This place La casa que arde de noche of refuge could be Black woman black life one Los ritos del agua: Trilogía de La Ciudad Blanca 2 (Autores Españoles e Iberoamericanos) of reckoning and the secrets Heads, Features and Faces (Dover Anatomy for Artists) of the past might prevent the travelers from ever getting hom 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 Evolve Level 4 Students Book on a different character And each character's story in each chapter went back in timeNow focusing Professional Daily Fantasy Football on different characters in each chapter is acceptable And going back in time is also acceptable BUT mixing the two together gets very very confusingBy 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


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  1. says:

    As a child in the 1960's and 70's it never occurred to me their was to the story of the end of World War II than the news reel clips and photos I saw of happy people cheering and grateful European civilians thanking American GI's for liberating them What we learned in school didn't paint any clearer of a picture There was something called The Marshall Plan by which the good ol' US of A single handedly through the goodness of our hearts set all of Europe back on the road to prosperity There was some controversy about this plan but I don't understand it and it's almost time for recess and I have to figure out if I can hang out with Mary Sorenson's crowd today or if this is one of those days I am a pariah so forget Europe Their fine now anyway It wasn't until I was a grown woman in my 30's when I started mall walking in a frigid Whitefish Bay Wisconsin shopping center and got to know some of my fellow walkers that I learned the truth I met several holocaust survivors in that walking club While they never spoke about their time in the camps except to mention loved ones who didn't make it they were very willing to share the further horrors of what befell them when the gates were opened You see they had nowhere to go no one to be with They were not even in their own country Who would help them One woman told me about sitting down right outside the fence and crying because she had no life beyond where she was at that moment The Road Beyond Ruin is not about Jews It is about the people who were unlucky enough to have been born on the other side of the conflict They were Germans and Italians who just wanted to live their lives but were unable to because of the Nazis and the fascists and what they were willing to do to their own people to achieve their despicable goals These unfortunates some innocent some complicit were left struggling to survive in a ruined world a civilization torn to shreds where they never knew whom they could trust The fears of betrayal were still deep The story centers on a uintet of people four of whom grew up together in what would become Russian held East Germany and the fifth an Italian resistance fighter who finds his life entwined with the others throughout the war and it's aftermath The story is stark brutal and deeply emotional I came away with what I believe to be a better understanding of the confusion of life in Germany after the fall of Hitler


  2. says:

    It's the end of the second world war and everyone is telling lies about the part they played in the conflict Stefano claims to be an Italian soldier who fought with the Germans but was imprisoned when Italy changed sides He is making his way back to Italy when he meets an orphaned young boy and feels compelled to take him under his wing They take refuge in a house but are discovered by a former German soldier There's clearly something sinister about this man In the house next door there's another former German soldier and his wife This soldier is shellshocked and addicted to drugs The novel is split into four narratives becoming five later in the novel Each chapter also features flashbacks showing us the wartime experiences of each of the characters Though the author sustains much of the mystery by withholding information What this novel does best is show how much emotional damage the war did It's a competently written and very well researched novel The reason it didn't warrant five stars for me was I felt the author rather overegged the melodrama towards the end The withholding of key information at times was a little heavy handed And she used the same scenario at least a dozen times showing someone on the verge of being killed who later we discover miraculously escaped It became a little predictable as a ruse It also got a bit over complicated But on the whole an edifying read


  3. says:

    The Road Beyond Ruin by Gemma Liviero was one of my Kindle First picksThis story is set during and after WWII The stories of Erich Rosalind and Georg Moniue 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 fascinatingNow 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 uite 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 Moniue 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 sectionsLike 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 writtenIt 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


  4. says:

    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


  5. says:

    Complex multi layered brilliant story telling 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


  6. says:

    DNF 41%I had to pause this since I got two library loans come through back to back and it was somewhat of a relief I tried to get back into it today but alas just not feeling it The structure of the present day to flashbacks to present day is hampering the story and dragging it down The flashbacks are probably meant to create suspense but it seemed pretty clear what happened and I'd prefer the characters just fess up already Also dual narration Both narrators are fine but it's not a narration techniue I like and it didn't help with my lack of interest


  7. says:

    I did hate once but hate now lives in the past And I prefer to remember the past not live in itStefano is an Italian POW walking across Germany making his way back home On his journey he comes by a boy who is now an orphan as his mother is laying dead next to him Hesitant he has the boy join him on his journey hoping to find a place for him on the way They are fortunate to find an empty house where they can take refuge only this house is not vacant It is the home of Erich a former German soldier Erich invites Stefano and the boy to stay and they cautiously accept As he gets to know Erich and his neighbours Stefano realizes that not all is as it seems What initially attracted me to this book was the cover The darker tonalities suggest a somber read Stefano is walking across Germany trying to get back to Italy The war is over but the conseuences are just starting to become felt Along his way he comes across a boy and while he would prefer to be on his own the boy joins him They find a house where they can rest only to learn that it belongs to a former German soldier Surprinsingly Erich invites them to stay In the next few days he meets Rosalind and Georg the closest neighbors He learns of Moniue whose picture hangs in Rosalind's house and whose name seems to haunt his new acuaintances In post war Germany reasons abound to be evasive and secretive but Stefano suspects somthing here is greatly amiss In all honesty this is a tough book to rate At first I did not like it finding the pace much too slow and not much actually happening As I read on however the intentions of the author became clear Slowly meting out bits of each protagonist's story Liviero gradually builds a narrative in which all their lives intersect in unexpected ways The characters are multi faceted and complex No one is who they claim to be and everyone has hidden intentions The approach of this book is subtle than that of ther books set in the aftermath of WWII I like that Liviero focused on the aftermath for the war does not simply end once the fighting is over The prose is well executed I was fully prepared to give this book five stars but the last uater was lacking to me The timeline became confusing and certain events happened without any explanation as to how Still I am glad to have read this book


  8. says:

    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 timeNow 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 confusingBy 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


  9. says:

    I hated this bookThis 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 allI'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 executedThis 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 andor Rosalind If you want to surprise your readers make it a surprise that isn't completely unbelievableI rarely write a review this harsh but this book actually made me angryTwo out of five starsBlog


  10. says:

    I have thought long and hard about this book I found it very difficult to read But in the end my thoughts are theseFirst 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 attentionHowever 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 proceedThank 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