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From Dust and Ashes: A Story of Liberation

(World War II Liberator #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  969 ratings  ·  119 reviews
It is 1945, and a group of American soldiers liberate a Nazi concentration camp. Helene is the abandoned wife of an SS guard who has fled to avoid arrest. Overcome by guilt, she begins to help meet the needs of survivors. Throughout the process, she finds her own liberation--from spiritual bondage, sin, and guilt. Readers will be intrigued and touched by this fascinating s ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Moody Publishers
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Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've been looking around for a Christian author I could recommend to others, and finally can say I've found one. I picked up this book from my local library's "Inspirational Reading" shelf and decided to give it a try. This is the only book I've read by Tricia Goyer, but I would recommend it. It's a story of the liberating of a concentration camp in the weeks/months leading up to the end of WWII. The author did a good job of allowing you to feel the horrors of the camps without getting too graph ...more
Maggie Boyd
This was a complete nightmare of a book.

In 1945 Peter, Michaela, and Helene all meet.

Helen is the wife of a concentration camp soldier and for years has heard the cries for help from the camp. She hates it there but was afraid to leave her husband. When he finally runs as the Americans close in she goes to the camp with food to help whoever she can.

Michaela is one of those people. When they are released from the camp by the Americans Helene takes in Michaela and Leila into her father's house,
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once more, I started this book hesitantly and ended up loving it! This is a great story, perfectly written. In this heart-wrenching story, we meet 3 special people. Helene, the wife of a Nazi SS guard; Peter, an American G.I.; and Micheala, a Polish girl who has survived the Mauthausen concentration camp. After Peter and the other G.I.s have liberated the concentration camps, he is doing all he can to help the survivors. Helene is shackled by guilt because of the cruelties that her drunken husba ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
I can't recommend this book. It was offered "free" by Amazon; and I got what I paid for. I picked this book no only because it was free, but because it dealt with WWII and Germany. I have always been fascinated by the time period, what led up to the war, the war itself, and immediately after the war. The back cover of the book and the recommendations given lead one to believe that this story was based upon true events, and was accurate in its historical detail. Well, that might be a little stret ...more
The Sweaty Nerdie
Okay, I took this book up because I supposed this novel dealt with the subject of World War II, but the book was essentially a romance saga. So, the "World War II" part in the title is deceiving, take it from me. It's nothing more than a side-track.

This would have been a good read had I been into mushy-mushy romance, but as it happens, I'm not. Romance lovers can, however, delve right into it.

This story revolves around three people-
- Helene, wife of a former SS guard;
- Peter, an American Serge
Jesseca Wheaton
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Wow. This. Book. Was. Amazing. I got it for Christmas but I didn't get a chance to read it until recently. Now I need to collect the whole series!!!! :)
Tricia Goyer does an excellent job intertwining the lives of the three main characters. There were many times I thought I had figured out how it all would end, only to be thrown a whole new twist in the next chapter. and of course it's set in WWII, which is my favorite time period ever!!! I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series!
Aug 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Sep 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books on WWII fiction that I've read. I especially like the emphasis on the liberation of people from the concentration camps. There are not very many stories out there like this one. I couldn't put the book down. Great love story, great intrigue/action, and accurate. I went to the Holocaust Museum in DC and this story takes you right into that era. Also, I like the Nazi piece to the story. War is a terrible thing and many people are stuck on a side they don't necessarily ...more
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book . Tricia did wonderful job writing this book and fill in history of Germany .
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is just as good the third time I read it as the first time! We discussed this in book club and what a story! Great read!
Nov 04, 2017 added it
Love WWII novels even though they are so sad but to go thru these these trials my gosh i can't even imagine. If u love these kind of stories you have to read! ...more
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always enjoyed history, and therefore historical fiction is my favorite genre (after suspense, that is! ;-). Recently I’ve become really interested in books set around either of the World Wars, and From Dust and Ashes, set in 1945, really intrigued me. Presenting many somber facts about the cruelty of war and a prisoners life after being set free, Tricia Goyer holds you captive with her amazing story plot that will leave you amazed.

From Dust and Ashes is not your typical historical. There’s
Bruce Judisch
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In May, 1945, advance elements of the 11th Armored Divsion rolled into St. Georgen, Austria. What awaited them there would be gouged into the soldiers' memories for the rest of their lives: the Gusen concentration camp.

Sergeant Peter Scott is among the first to arrive at the front gates. The skeletal remnants of men and women cling to the fence and clutter the main entrance to glimpse their liberators and beg for even a morsel to eat. He encounters the gaunt figure of Michaela, a Polish Christia
So gripping that I had to tear myself away to get to bed!

From Dust and Ashes: A Story of Liberation(The Liberator Series,Book 4) was so hard for me to put down. I love it when a book is THAT good! I also love when an historical teaches me history,as this novel did. It was fascinating to read that General Patton ordered the liberating American soldiers to make the civilians around the concentration camps to help bury the dead and attend funerals for them,so they would be forced to see and acknow
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Helene is a SS Nazi wife whose husband was a concentration camp guard. He runs off when the Americans come. On the day the camp was liberated Helene is there with food and love for the prisoners; finally doing what she'd wanted to do for five long years. She takes two of the sickest home to nurse them and both end up falling for American G.I.s. The drama increases when Allied boundaries are revised and the village is now under the jurisdiction of the Russians. Bad news for Helene and her childre ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was not especially well written, but it got better as I kept reading. The story had a lot of heart and I did come to care for the characters, even if I wished they were a little more complex. The book seemed to be well researched. I've read many books set during WWII, but this one dealt with an aspect I hadn't read much about: the aftermath of the liberation of the concentration camps and the rounding up and prosecution of those responsible for the horrors of the holocaust, as the Sovi ...more
Aug 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Better-than-average inspirational fiction. This historical novel doesn't just set modern-day people in an old setting; the characters and situations feel authentic. Not overly optimistic or smarmy. I really enjoyed this story set at the end of World War II and would like to read more about these characters. ...more
This book will have you crying, introspecting, and thinking "how could anyone be so strong".
Tricia Goyer is a master at bringing the emotions and the action of WWII alive.
While this is a Christian Historical Fiction MASTERPIECE, anyone who enjoys WWII history or WWII fiction is sure to be enchanted with this book "From Dust and Ashes"!!
Brooke Chasen
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holocaust
A story about faith, love, and forgiveness. I liked it because it was not the typical story about the holocaust. They had different people's perspectives in it such as a wife of a Nazi, an American soldier, and a concentration camp survivor. ...more
Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Helene is married to an SS officer during WWII. She comes to abhor what he stands for. She helps Jewish prisoners while her husband is away. Twists and turns abound. Riveting read.
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Vickie Valladares
if you like romance and WWII fiction this book is for you.
Shirley Chapel
The Aftermath of WW11

Tricia Goyer has done her research so well that it made this reader forget it was fiction. The author had interviewed and came to know veterans from the second world war, personally. She wrote this story based on their experiences from the time the American service men entered the death camps in Austria to free the victims to the first two years after the war ended. Although the story was fiction she was able to make it seem real because of the time she spent talking with th
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a history buff, having read many books, this one was from a totally unique perspective. This story needs to be told, depicting some good amidst all evil. Caught up in a young marriage to a SS guard at an Austrian concentration camp, Helene returns to her father after her husband flees to escape imminent arrest upon American liberation. Attempting to compensate for her restrictiveness during her marriage to help, she provides food and lodging for two women prisoners near death, nursing them ba ...more
Kathleen Bruner
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book, even in the difficult parts!

I really appreciated this book! I have a hard time saying I enjoyed a book related to the concentration camps of WWII, but this was so well written and researched that it drew me right into the lives of the various characters and their past. I always seem to learn more about that time from all of Tricia Goyer's books. This gives a real insight into what it was like in that area after liberation of camps. It didn't just end! There were so many struggl
Jeni Enjaian
I enjoyed this book and the oft neglected piece of history that takes center stage, what happens after the war ended, the liberation and the fact that things did not magically get better the moment the Allies liberated the camps.
The narrative itself did not stand out significantly but it also did not suck or include a ton of cliches. For that reason, this book survives round two of the purge from my personal collection.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war-2
Awesome read!! Tricia Goyer has done her research for this book. Dealing with all respects of the war in Europe from the concentration camps to the aftermath when the war ends: dealing with the dead and with the living who have lost so much, Goyer spans two years in this book and we are taken inside the aftermath of one of the worst times in our history as a world. I loved the ending and this is one I will reread..
Barbara Walz
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent choice!

This story gave a look into WW11 from a perspective that I have not read about before. The characters were excellently drawn. These were some of our darkest times but many of the characters grew in their Christian faith. They had questions and did not always find answers. What they did find was a sense of peace. I rarely give 5 stars but for this book I just had to. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
This Liberation series is very different from any WWII book I’ve read in the past. This book deals with the concentration camps being liberated and the fate of SS officers, etc. I found it good, but a little longer than necessary. I do recommend it to those historical fiction fans that like exploring this time period and how the faith of different individuals helped determine some of their choices.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a beautifully written story about an Allied soldier, the wife of a Nazi SS guard, and a liberated camp prisoner. I loved how Tricia Goyer wove this story together and took the reader on the journeys these characters took to find hope, love and forgiveness. I didn't want it to end! ...more
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Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two tim ...more

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