Friday, February 17, 2023



World War II is ranging on and so many lives have been changed and lost.  Arina and Nora are twin sisters that, have never in their life, spent a day apart from each other.  They ride the train with their mother and arrive at the horrible place of Auschwitz.  They are quickly separated and their future is completely uncertain.  When the war comes to an end, Arina and Nora age out of each of their group homes.  They must overcome everything that has happened to them and do everything possible to reunite with each other.  But first they must find each other and that will be the most difficult task of all.

I loved The Stolen Twins written by Shari J. Ryan.  I am a huge fan of Historical Fiction and this author never disappoints.  This heart-breaking and inspiring tale will have you flying through the pages.  I didn’t want to stop reading once I began this fabulous story.  I felt emotional heartache for Arina and Nora the horrible things they endured.  This story is filled with the phenomenal courage, resilience and survival of even the youngest of children.  This moving story is a tough book to read with an emotional storyline and I highly recommend it. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author: Shari J. Ryan 
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: February 14, 2023
Pages: 315 
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Auschwitz, 1944: “You can’t leave me,” I whisper, my hand trembling as I reach for her cheek. “You can’t. We’re in this life together, always, just you and me.” This utterly heartbreaking yet beautifully hopeful World War Two page-turner tells the story of identical twin sisters in Auschwitz. Born minutes apart, Arina and Nora have never left each other’s side—until now…

The cattle car is dark, except for the light filtering through the boarded windows. There are too many of us to count, crushed up against each other. The air is stuffy, carrying the scent of our terror—none of us know what awaits us when this train stops. I cling onto Mama’s hand and Nora, my twin sister, clutches Papa’s.

After what feels like forever, the train stops. We spill out of the carriage, the sun blinding us after being imprisoned in darkness for so long. There are people everywhere, soldiers separating children from their parents, husbands from wives.

We’re in some sort of queue, and a man in a dark-green SS uniform walks by, glancing at everyone he passes. “Twins, twins,” he shouts. My heart falls into the pit of my stomach.

“Right here,” says Mama, hesitation in her voice. “My daughters are twins.” My eyes widen, and Nora trembles. Papa tries to tell Mama to be quiet, but it’s too late.

The Nazi catches sight of us. “Twins,” he says again, pausing to inspect Nora and me. “Yes, you are, aren’t you? You two are going to come along with me.”


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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