Thursday, April 28, 2022



Sofia lives in Nazi-occupied Poland, her father is a doctor for the SS, and her mother is Jewish. Sofia can’t believe her father is working for the SS while so many Jewish people are being killed.  Sofia decides she must go against her father and help as many Jews as she possibly can.  She has to make a difference for the good.  Isaac arrives by a packed train at Auschwitz.  He is one that was chosen to work the fields.  Isaac and the numerous other inmates are sent to work at a nearby farm.  From sunup to sundown they work the land with nothing to eat.  Sofia is determined to help the prisoners, against her father’s will.  She risks her life sneaking food to the prisoners and a note to Isaac.  But when Sofia helps Isaac and the prisoners escape, their only chance to survive is to hide underground.  Will they survive while the Nazi’s are determined to find them.  

This heart-pounding, and heartbreaking story is so engrossing, that once you read the first page you can’t stop until the very last page.  I was literally trapped between the pages that I couldn’t put this book down.  I felt my heart beating faster and faster as I read this story.  This heart-wrenching read had me on the edge of my seat, with tears streaming down my face.  This is one that will stick with me for a very long time.  Completely unforgettable, I can’t recommend this book enough.  Please read this one for sure. I wish I could give ten stars. Wow….just wow!!!

Thank you Shari J. Ryan for such a phenomenal and captivating book.  I was so engrossed with the story, I found it to be completely unputdownable.  I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author: Shari J. Ryan 
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: April 28, 2022 
Pages: 345 
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Auschwitz, 1941: It was her father’s job to save the lives of the SS. But she chose to risk everything and save the lives of prisoners.

In Nazi-occupied Poland, Sofia cannot look her father in the eye. Sofia’s mother, her papa’s cherished wife, is Jewish—how dare he work as a doctor for the SS? She cannot forgive him, even if the bargain was made to spare their lives.

In the middle of the night, 
Isaac emerges from a packed train with hundreds of others. Beneath Auschwitz’s barbed wire, soldiers surround them, and gunshots pierce the dark sky. The SS decide prisoners’ fates on the spot—and Isaac is chosen to work, rather than to die.

Every day, Isaac and his fellow inmates are sent to a nearby farm. From sunup to sundown, they toil the land with barely a scrap to eat. Every breath feels like it could be Isaac’s last, so when he sees a beautiful auburn-haired girl peering out of the farmhouse window, it feels like a dream…

Sofia refuses to accept what she is seeing. Disobeying her father and evading the guards, she risks her life to sneak a letter to the green-eyed boy outside. She explains that she has hidden them food, and that she’ll do everything in her power to save them.

This secret exchange sparks an escape that should have been impossible—and a love story that is unforgettable. But is love enough in the face of evil? And when Sofia and Isaac are concealed underground, holding their breath as the Nazis hunt them, will they survive?


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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