Friday, September 30, 2022



Czechoslovakia, 1940: This was such a trying and horrible time for so many people. People that were Jewish during this time lived in immediate danger, and feared for their life.  Mila Leon’s father had sold a couple of horses to Benedikt Bohden’s father and Mila and Ben became friends. Eventually Mila became a maid and she worked for Ben’s family.  Mila and Ben grew closer together and their only hope was each other.  His family was Jewish and his life was about to change forever.  Every day they would listen to the news on an old radio.  At every breath they feared for their lives, wondering if they would survive the night.  One horrific night the Nazi soldiers come knock on the door and they usher Ben into a wagon headed to a horrible camp.  Mila is beside herself, with the love of her life imprisoned with thousands of others.  But Mila refuses to give up hope and is hanging on to the love that they have for each other,  knowing that is what brings them through surviving another day.

I was absolutely humbled by this amazing story.  I was completely broken by this story written so vividly with such emotion.  I was full of hope for Mila and Ben and I felt like I was the only one that was rooting for them, the only one that was on their side.  I felt such pride with them and I loved their courage.  This story grabbed me from the very beginning and didn’t let my heart go until the very end.  I was so completely emotional and so heartbroken.  By far a complete favorite of mine, I’m actually speechless.  This phenomenal unputdownable book is a must read and I highly recommend it. 

Wow, thank you so much, Shari J. Ryan, for such an amazing, incredible and indescribable story.  This is one I will never forget.  I loved it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author: Shari J. Ryan 
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: September 29, 2022 
Pages: 388 
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Czechoslovakia, 1940: “We will always have our memories,” he says, as the soldiers pull him away. “You will survive this. You are braver than you know. Remember that, always.” This heartbreaking World War Two page-turner shows that love is more powerful than hatred, bravery can overcome evil, and hope is stronger than darkness.

In the middle of the night, while I am curled in Ben’s arms, there is a harsh knock on the door. My blood turns to ice. The love of my life is Jewish, and I am a Romany gypsy maid; every second that we exist in Hitler’s Europe, we are in danger. Every day, we have been huddling around a crackling radio, listening for news of this evil war. Every night, we have feared we won’t live till dawn.

The banging continues, and we leap out of bed. I can hardly breathe as I open the door, seeing Nazis standing before us. My heart cracks as the soldiers grab Ben. I’m powerless to stop them from shoving him into a wagon, bound for the place of no return.

The love of my life is now imprisoned in wire with thousands of other innocent inmates. For every moment he is trapped behind the gates of hell, he gets closer to death—surviving on scraps of food, and forced to work in gruelling conditions.

The soldiers haven’t arrested me yet, but it’s only a matter of time. I vow to stay alive for Ben, not to give up hope. I’ll stop at nothing to escape the enemy as they hunt me down.

With our fate in the hands of monsters, will we ever see each other again? And will our love for one another save us—or kill us?


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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