Thursday, May 26, 2022



Prague, 1941: Charlie is a member of the SS and is ordered to murder the Jewish people in captivity, but he refuses over and over again.  He isn’t a murderer and vows to save as many people as possible, no matter what it costs him.  While in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, he is drawn to beautiful Amelia, he immediately falls in love with her.  He does everything he can to keep her safe, sneaking food to her and checking on her as often as he can. He knows that it is impossible for their love to survive.  Will they ever make it out alive?  Charlie pours out his heart in the love letters that he writes to Amelia.  

I was so taken back by this story.  This heartbreaking story was full of raw emotion and it completely broke me.  It was amazing to me the honesty, the inspiration and the hope portrayed through this story.  The endurance, and courage of the people to survive the worst of times was overwhelming.  This series is a must for anyone that enjoys a phenomenal love story.  Love, love, loved it.

Thank you Shari J. Ryan for such an emotional and inspirational story of always looking for the sunshine on the other side of the most horrible experiences. 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: 278 
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“Survive for as long as you can, fight until you can’t fight any longer, and if this war ever ends, I want you to run as far from here as you can and never look back…”

Nazi-occupied Prague, 1941: On a foggy winter’s day, a solider called Charlie is ordered to murder an elderly Jewish woman. He refuses, but that doesn’t stop another Nazi shooting her. As the woman’s daughter cries out, “Mama, no, please don’t leave me!” Charlie knows that he is not a killer. He vows to save as many lives as he can.

In Theresienstadt concentration camp, he sees the same sapphire-eyed girl with beautiful auburn hair. Her name is 
. He escorts her to Block B and memorizes her prison number. They are meant to be enemies yet, in that instant, he falls in love.

Yet in such hell, love isn’t meant to exist and they are destined to be torn apart. Despite this, Charlie never stops looking for Amelia, writing letters to her and keeping them safe. But what are the chances of her surviving the war? Will the soldier’s letters remain unread forever?


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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