Thursday, May 26, 2022



Prague, 1942:  Amelia is hiding in her closet,  the only place she knew to be safe until she is found and captured by the SS.  Amelia lives through the horror of witnessing the death of her mother and is shoved onto a train packed with hundreds of people.  The train travels for what seemed like days, before it arrives at a concentration camp.  Amelia fears that her life is over as she is led to a block.  But one of the soldiers gives her a piece of bread she thinks that maybe there is hope.  Charlie, the soldier meant to be an enemy, is actually the one that helps so many prisoners from being deported. He falls in love with Amelia and will do anything in his power to save her.  The only way for them to survive is for them to keep their love a secret.  

This emotionally gripping and amazingly beautiful story was heart wrenching.  I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it.  I was completely taken back by how real this story was.  I wish I could give ten stars because five just doesn’t seem like enough.  Absolutely must read.

Thank you Shari J. Ryan for such a wonderful, gripping and fascinating story of never giving up hope in the worst of times.  I absolutely loved it and I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author: Shari J. Ryan 
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: May 24, 2022 
Pages: 331 
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The worn leather-bound diary, tied with a red ribbon, has hidden the truth for seventy years. The spine crackles as she opens it,reading the long-forgotten words of her grandmother. “What if you never come back? What if you die trying?”

Nazi-occupied Prague,1942: Amelia is hiding in her closet when flashlights blind her and she’s captured by the SS. Out on the cobblestone street, her heart shatters as her mother is shot before her eyes. She is shoved onto a freight train with hundreds of others—hours pass as they travel in darkness.

Arriving in a concentration camp, Amelia fears for her life when she is led to a block by a soldier. He is her enemy, yet he secretly passes her a piece of bread; an act that saves her.

They are meant to despise one another, but Amelia and 
Charlie are powerfully drawn to each other. Amelia sees how Charlie risks everything to save prisoners from deportation—and she sees the kindness in his eyes.

Amongst so much tragedy, falling in love is a miracle. Yet, one day, Charlie utters those miraculous words. 
“I’m in love with you. To everyone else, we’re wrong, but what does that matter when nothing in this world is right?”

But under the all-seeing gaze of the guards and endless watchtowers, there is only so long they can keep their secret—and the very act of loving each other endangers their lives. Will they remain loyal to each other in the face of death? And when they finally say goodbye, will it be by choice or by force?


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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