Monday, November 01, 2021



Germany, 1940, and World War II is raging on. Already so many lives tragically changed forever.  Matilda’s childhood sweetheart Han’s is in danger and without hesitation she hides him in her attic.  They grew up next to each other, and as they grew up, they were in love with each other, she will do anything and everything she can to protect him from the Nazi’s.  For months their secret had been safe until one day the soldiers find Hans in the attic.  In America, 2018, Grace receives an envelope and inside she discovers that she has inherited a bookstore in Dachau, Germany.  It belonged to her Grandmother, whom she didn’t know existed.  Grace travels to Germany, and as she searches through the bookshop she inherited, she finds many handwritten letters that tell the story of her Grandmother Matilda’s life.  Grace discovers the truth about her own identity and the unwavering hope of her Grandmother.  

This story was so inspiring, heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time.  This book definitely hits all the emotions.  I found myself flying through the pages unable to stop until the very end.  Reading with a box of Kleenex nearby is a must.  This is an amazing and fantastic read.  The detailed description portrayed by the author pulls you so deep into the story that you feel like you are hiding in the attic with Matilda and Hans and holding your breath at every little sound you hear.  Wow, truly an amazing story.

Thank you Shari J. Ryan for such a wonderful and engrossing story.  I truly enjoyed every bit of this book.  A delightful and an absolute must read.  I loved everything about this book!  I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author: Shari J. Ryan 
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: October 29, 2021 
Pages: 329 
Buy on Amazon 

Germany, 1940: “Can’t I say goodbye?” I shout, cupping my hands over my mouth. The Nazis dragging him away stare at me, soldiers with icy glares. No. No, no, no, they can’t make him leave.

In Nazi Germany, innocent people vanish every day, torn mercilessly from their homes and loved ones. When Matilda’s childhood sweetheart Hans is in danger, she doesn’t hesitate to hide him in her attic. Neighbors their whole lives, and desperately in love with one another, she’ll do anything to protect him. For months, they exist by candlelight, smuggling food and communicating in whispers. But, in the end, nothing can stop the soldiers charging in…

America, 2018: Grace opens a mustard-yellow envelope, and her world unravels. She has inherited a bookstore in the small town of Dachau from the grandmother she had no idea existed. Her mom, adopted as a baby, spent her life searching for her biological parents––and died without ever knowing.

Grace visits her legacy––a bookshop on a cobbled lane filled with lost memories. She combs through handwritten letters, unearthing the story of her grandmother Matilda. A woman whose one true love was locked within the barbed wire of Dachau––a woman who never gave up hope…

As Grace pieces together her family’s heartbreaking past, she discovers the long-buried secret of her own identity. But when she learns the truth, will she ever be the same again?


Shari J. Ryan is a USA Today Bestselling Historical Fiction writer. Her desire to write stories revolving Jewish livelihood during World War II stems from being a descendant of two Holocaust survivors. After the passing of Shari’s grandmother, she pursued an active interest in learning more about the inherited stories she yearned to understand better.

Shortly after earning a bachelors degree from Johnson & Wales University, Shari began her career as a graphic artist and freelance writer. She then found her passion for writing books in 2012. In 2016, Shari began writing her first Historical Fiction novel, Last Words, a story about a lifelong journey through the eyes of a Holocaust survivor. With two character related books to follow, Shari quickly found a new passion to share untold World War II stories within a fictional setting. 

Shari is a lifelong New England girl who lives to make people laugh. She is happily married with two wonderful sons and a spunky Australian Shepard, who fits right in with the family. 

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