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Product Details

  • Paperback: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Vesta House Publishing (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983756716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983756712
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,255,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. James W. Finck, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
  • ... A story of love and redemption. ...[Depicts] attitudes and feelings of soldiers on both sides as well as struggles of civilians living along the border. ...Captures the Civil War in a well-told exciting adventure and romance.


Midwest Book Review
  • "War often makes strange bedfellows of us all. "Beyond the Wood" is a novel of the American Civil War, as Hank, a Union soldier, takes a fallen Confederate Soldier's last letter and seeks to deliver it to his widow. Aggressive, Hank puts the new widow in an unusual predicament. Their situation grows unique, as Michael J. Roueche presents a tale of personal intrigue and a unique brand of romance, recommended. "Beyond the Wood" is a fine addition to historical fiction collections."


Civil War News
  • "Although events involving the 19th Indiana Infantry as a regiment appear historically accurate, some of the plot points involve dramatic license by the author....Beyond the Wood is an interesting and different Civil War novel."


Denver Post
  • "War, romance and mystery collide in this deeply researched Civil War novel...."

About the Author

Michael J. Roueche grew up in Virginia and spent most of his adult life in the Old Dominion. Always a romantic, only in more recent years did he discover the Civil War that always had surrounded him, thanks to Bruce Catton books from his father's library and a good friend who gave him a copy of Michael Schaara's "Killer Angels." He and his wife of 34 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 amazing wildlife. They have five children and several grandchildren.

More About the Author

Michael J. Roueche grew up in Virginia and has an indelible affection for the Old Dominion. Always a romantic, only in recent years did he discover the Civil War that had always surrounded him, thanks to Bruce Catton books from his father's library and a good friend who gave him a copy of Michael Schaara's Killer Angels. He is ever inspired by the examples of those who maintain their integrity as they persevere and overcome obstacles.

With a deepening background in Civil War history and prompted by an "odd" experience at Manassas National Battlefield Park, the "Beyond the Wood" series was born.

He and his wife of 36 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 amazing wildlife. They have five children and several grandchildren.

You can join him at www.michaeljroueche.com or follow him on Facebook,
Twitter or Google+.

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The love story is a treat and the book is very well written.
CJ Cunningham
At just over 500 pages it's a lengthy book, but the pace moves well and the time you invest in the people within its pages pays off.
Robin Patterson Nolet
It was a reminder of the true toll of war is...death and destruction.
Karen King

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CJ Cunningham on August 5, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed Beyond the Wood. It is a love story that expertly weaves in historical information from the Civil War. Not having much interest in the Civil War beyond the average person, I found my interest piqued after finishing the novel. The experiences of both the soldiers and those who lived in the path of the war (figuratively and literally) were an essential part of the story. It brought into focus a vivid picture of the beliefs that instigated the war and the suffering and challenges that the people experienced as war raged throughout the country. The main characters are fully developed and convincing. The hero and heroine have both strengths and weaknesses that make them likable. And the villain is truly detestable! Three days after I finished the novel, I was still thinking about them and had to remind myself they were fictional. The love story is a treat and the book is very well written. A great read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Daly on December 20, 2012
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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Beyond the Wood by Michael Roueche. It is clear that Roueche has done his homework as he brings both the domestic and battle scenes of the American Civil War to life while at the same time making it clear that this was not a conflict drawn strictly across geographical lines. As a high school English teacher, I am always looking for books I can recommend to my students without reservation, and Beyond the Wood fits the bill with its engaging storyline, captivating characters, and hints of mystery and romance. Alternating the storyline between past and present also adds to both the interest and intrigue of this entertaining historical fiction. I have recommended this book to several readers and look forward to "book talking" it to my students and adding a copy to my classroom library in the very near future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J W Smith on August 15, 2011
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Don't have a Kindle and don't especially enjoy sitting at a PC reading endless pages of text but decided to download the book to my PC as a trial. Glad I did in this case. It provided a great deal of history of the Civil War plus adventure, suspense, and personal relationships of primary characters in the book. Excellent job by the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By a hip Gramma on January 21, 2012
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This is a great book to read. The author knows his Civil War history and does a terrific job in bringing his characters to life. I had a difficult time setting it down. I can't wait until this becomes a full length movie. Need I say more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Cole on September 19, 2011
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Historical fiction isn't usually a genre that grabs me, but something about this one caught my eye, and I am glad I read it! I learned so much about the Civil War, since the author was able to really place the reader right in the middle of things. From the everyday struggles of both soldiers and civilians, to how commanding officers were viewed by those who served under them is painted in an understandable manner. Roueche makes you feel like you are actually there. As the plot twists and grows, it draws the reader further in, wanting to see not only the detailed historical storyline (which I admit I am woefully uneducated in), but also the outcome of the fictional plot and characters as well. The characters are well drawn, and the plot well mapped out, making it easier for a non-historical fiction buff to enjoy it as much as seasoned Civil War enthusiasts. The touching romantic-connection-from-a-distance may also appeal to Austen fans. The book succeeds in portraying the horrors of war, the messiness of politics, betrayal among supposed friends, loyalty and civility despite hardships, and the hope and resilience of the human heart... all in one volume. A nice escape from the here and now (and isn't that what we read novels for?).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen King on August 22, 2011
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This is a thought provoking story reminding us about the real costs of war. The story was imaginative and full of interesting historical information. I enjoyed it immensely. I began reading it and couldn't stop. There were moments of profound thought that kept me pondering long after I finished reading it. The lessons of the Civil War, learned or not learned, are the same lessons we face all these years after that war. It was a reminder of the true toll of war is...death and destruction. However, even out of the ashes of war, people go on becoming, hopefully, better people. I highly recommend this book. It is awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By modern girl on November 6, 2012
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I love this book. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the story is fantastic. My very favorite books are those with great stories, and this one definitely has that. I was surprised and excited when multiple story lines converged with some unexpected twists. The only reason I rated it 4 instead of 5 stars is because it took me a little time to get into. However, it really didn't take long and then the story really took off and I was hooked. I love Hank, the protagonist, who surprised me with his cleverness and quick wit. If you enjoy a great romance, action, or historical fiction, you will enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gh on December 1, 2011
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This is an excellent read. I found myself turning page after page and finding a new adventure on each page. Mr. Roueche has included enough history for the Civil War enthusiast, a good love story for the romantic, and a lot of action for everyone else.
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