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Beyond the Wood

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  16 reviews
2012 John Esten Cooke Award Winner

A book of treachery, peril, slackening resolve and thwarted love . . . and a little Southern Rebellion.

Romance has faded, and shame has weakened resolve. Mystery has shrouded the truth, and pride has matured into a world enveloped by rage and war. And the only constant is betrayal--and at times he is your sole companion. Yet, hope lingers
Paperback, 514 pages
Published 2011 by Vesta House Publishing
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Linda B.D.
The first several chapters concentratd on the war, in detail. The characters came alive.I was a little confused because of the narration.Big question..."who was the woman that told the story to him?" I never figured it out! It did take me a little while to really get into the book. Even at the end I never understood some parts. like.. why was it written in this aspect. it was a good book. However,I had a hard time deciding a 3 or 4 star. I hope others will read it so maybe they may give me a bet ...more
Beyond the Wood, Book 1, by Michael J. Roueche, is a marvelous story of sights, sounds, and human emotions set in the Civil War. The author brings to life the lives and loves of characters caught in the tug-of-war conflicts between North and South.
Reid Gragg visits a battlefield in Virginia(present day)at the request of his father to carry on a family tradition. Not wanting to disappoint his father, he has to take with him a button from a Civil War uniform passed down in the family.
This button i
As I first begun reading Beyond the wood I wasn’t sure what to expect, due to the fact that this story is not only a love story, but a story about the civil War and families divided. But as I continued and read further on, I was enthralled with the authors rendering of the characters, and the culture of the time the story is written in.

The character I admired most was Reid. Although, he plays a small role, his journey to discover his families past and the mystery of a small artifact that has be
This book is not what I was expecting at all, and it was a pleasant surprise. I thought it would be about battles, war strategies, and that sort of thing (which is not my strong interest), but instead it was about relationships, inner struggles, regrets, hope for the future, and even romance. I really liked Hank, the main character, because he was very real. He was a good guy, but he also had some weaknesses and needed to do some growing up (which he was learning to do very quickly amidst the ho ...more
This is a great work of historical fiction! I loved how it gave me a true sense of the battlefront, the horrific state of those wounded, the differing opinions of what the people of the time thought were the reasons for the Civil War, and a well rounded variety of intriguing characters. Another plus is that the characters nor sentiments are one-sided; the reader gleans heartfelt reasons for which those supporting the Union or Confederacy believed so strongly against or for slavery respectively. ...more
Robin Nolet
I’m not normally a fan of the Civil War era, either in fiction or ‘non’. So, though I’d heard this was a good read, I only dug into it recently. Imagine my delight that is was such an engaging story!

A word of advice to readers--persist through the first, short introductory pages set in contemporary times; this is not your story. It’s coming, and you won’t return to the present for more than a few pages from this point on.

My hesitation with tales of this particular time often centers around the
Although this book was not perfect it gets 5 stars because it was perfect to me. I have to confess that although I normally don't like romances this was exactly the kind of romance I love. It doesn't hurt that I was a history major and I absolutely LOVE the civil war period and the decades surrounding it. It shouldn't be hard for you to imagine how excited I was when I read the premise behind this book and knew that it also would be a clean read!

I loved how the story unfolded. I thought that the
I got this book by winning a Goodreads giveaway! yay! First book I win here! Beat the odds against 945 people who entered the giveaway! :)
The book came signed and dedicated to yours truly, and it also came with a letter hand signed by Michael. (5 stars for that!) Thanks Michael. Yes, I enjoyed it! And of course, I'd love to review the book.

Can't say if historical romance is my favorite genre but I've been reading it for the past three books. Coincidentially I've been reading North and South rela
Cynthia Mcarthur
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Ginger Wick
At first I didn't think I was going to like this book, but I ended up really enjoying it.
You know that feeling when you are really into a book and then when it ends you feel sad because there isn't more to read? Well, that is how I felt when I finished! The story is great and kept me reading to the end. There were humorous moments, exciting moments, moments of surprise, and a great romance to boot. The author sure knows his history so I definitely learned a lot while be entertained by the story. I definitely recommend this book--a fun read.
I know and admire the author. It was an enjoyable read although I did find myself skimming occasionally. Because of the way the book is organized, much of the action moves forward through telling, rather than showing. There's a lot of educating done about the civil war, and also about morals, which is the nature of the book. The outcome is predictable, but the characters are sympathetically drawn. I enjoyed it.
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7/10 - Great historical fiction. I loved every part of it except the ending. :-( For my complete review:
Fun read about a romance during the civil war. I loved meeting with the author at Book Club and finding out more about his research and inspiration.
I really enjoyed this book. Great read about a love story set during the Civil War.
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Michael J. Roueche, author of Beyond the Wood grew up in Virginia. Always a romantic, only in more recent years did he discover the Civil War, thanks to Bruce Catton books and Michael Schaara’s Killer Angels. He and his wife of 35 years now live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking and exploring the High Plains and Rocky Mountains, with their alpine vistas, aspen groves and evergreen forests, and ...more
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