Thursday, May 26, 2022



Czechoslovakia, 1943:  In the Theresienstadt concentration camp a baby girl is born.  But how will this baby girl ever survive?  More than twelve years later in New York, Annie overhears her parents whispering, and Annie finds out that she doesn’t belong to them and they must keep the secret hidden or they risk loosing her.  Annie’s life immediately becomes a shambles.  She discovers nothing in her life is real, it’s all been a lie.  When she gets older she decides she must find her birth parents and she must go to great lengths to discover the truth.  But as she pieces together her past she wonders if her birth parents are even alive or did they parish like so many others.  

This series is absolutely breathtaking.  The emotions are so well written on the pages, that it pulls you into the story when you least expect it.  I was heartbroken and felt such sympathy for Annie.  I felt like this story was gut wrenching and is sure to stick with me for ages.  Don’t pass this one up, it’s an absolute must read.

Thank you Shari J. Ryan for such a wonderful, emotional and inspirational story of holding on to a ray of hope.  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: 296 
Buy on Amazon 

How will we get by the guards? It seems impossible. Yet we will be dead by the end of the week if we don’tmy precious girl and I have nothing to lose by trying.

Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, 1943: In Theresienstadt concentration camp, a brown-eyed baby girl is born in darkness, surrounded by barbed wire. The innocent new-born has no hope of surviving—unless, by some kind of miracle, she is able to escape…

In New York, over a decade later, 
Annie listens to her mother and father’s urgent whispers on her twelfth birthday. “They’re going to find out that she doesn’t belong to us. She’ll be taken away.”

The little girl’s world crumbles. That day, her search for answers begins…

Everything in Annie’s life is a lie. As she grows older, she pieces together the fragments of her past. With a broken heart, she uncovers a story of bravery in the face of evil, hope amongst darkness, and forbidden love—the kind of love that takes immense courage.

Will the secret of who she really is come to light? And can she ever be reunited with her birth family—if they’re even alive?


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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