Wednesday, September 20, 2023



Rating: 5 out of 5.

Raya finds solitude in her shop in Paris, it’s her safe place, and her favorite place to be.  She finds herself alone these days and after her parents died, she sent her younger brother Alex to Zurich to get his teaching degree.  The war is far from over and as the German’s close in on France, Raya is in extreme danger.  Nicolas Bardot, whom she has become very fond of, worked for the Resistance and although she herself was not a member of the Resistance she did everything possible to help and protect Nicolas.  When the Germans trashed her shop, she was arrested for working for the Resistance.  She wondered if that horrible, frightening day would ever end.  Her only hope was the man Nicolas whom she loved, and wondering if she would ever see him again. 

The Glovemaker’s Daughter written by author Shari J. Ryan was a heart wrenching story of people that survived the most horrific of times.  The hope that they never seemed to lose and the smallest bit of strength they held onto to survive was amazing to me.  This heartbreaking story of love and endurance was a tough topic to read, but the author does an amazing job of bringing back together a lifetime of sorrow.  The survival of those that lived through the horrible war, and survived, still warms my heart.  Keep the Kleenex nearby because you will surely need it.  I loved this story and I highly recommend it.



Author: Shari J. Ryan 
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: September 18, 2023
Pages: 393 
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Paris, 1943. German soldiers drag me out onto the cobbled street and push me towards the waiting truck. I force myself to face forward as tears stream down my cheeks. If I look back, they’ll know. I can’t let them find my baby girl…

Raya bends over a delicate glove in her beloved shop in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. It’s the only place she still feels safe. When the Nazis snatched control of Paris, Raya knew she had to fight to protect the few things she had left. And so far, her support of the resistance has gone undetected.

But now, the door bangs open and three German soldiers lunge towards her. Raya’s blood turns to ice. Hauled onto the cobbled street, she struggles against their rough hands as they accuse her of organizing meetings in the tunnels below her shop.

Raya can think only of her baby daughter 
Amalia, hidden beneath the shop’s front desk. She has a heart-wrenching choice to make. Reveal Amalia’s existence and risk her life, or leave her behind and pray someone protects her. It’s the hardest decision she’s ever faced…

Transported to Ravensbruck concentration camp, every day is a desperate battle for survival. The only thing that keeps Raya going is the thought of being reunited with her blue-eyed, innocent baby girl.

But did someone with a kind soul uncover Amalia’s hiding place and keep her safe? And in the darkest of places, is the power of a mother’s love enough to keep Raya alive until she can see her daughter again?


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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