Cover Design: MadHat Books
Release Date: October 9, 2017
Last Words, where Non-Fiction meets Fiction, and the lines in between are blurred by forbidden love.
Amelia – 1942:
The inside of my closet held the last bit of my freedom before I was torn from my home and shoved onto a dark train.
Our destination was even darker. “Women and children to the right. Men to the left,” they shouted at us.
Everything was taken from me, leaving only the smoke filled air, piercing screams, and soul-burning cries.
I was slowly starved and weakened to the bone, but there was a man—a Nazi—who brought me extra food. He called himself a prisoner too, but he scared me, and I wondered if he was the enemy I should fear the most.
Emma – Current Day:
My grandmother hid her past in an old diary under her bed. The tattered, brown leather book sat there for years until she asked me to find it and read her unspoken words. Now, her stories and secrets are consuming every moment of my life.
She’s dying … and asking for a man no one in our family has ever heard of.
I never imagined a hand-written book could change my entire life, but it has. It opened my eyes to a new beginning, and I learned that love is not the unsaid word my grandmother has refused to speak. It’s an action—it’s longevity, taboo and sometimes forbidden. Do we fight for what’s wrong, or do we spend our lives searching for what’s right?
Last words were never spoken because love doesn’t stop until a heart is no longer beating.
Nicole’s 5 Blush Review
I love historical fiction. I love historical romance. When these two genres blend, I’m in heaven. I love to read all time periods, but I have a special love for books set in the WW1 and WW2 eras. There is something about love in a time of war that really gets me. Shari J. Ryan’s latest book, Last Words, is exactly the kind of historical romance that hits me in the heart.
Last Words actually takes place in both the past and the present. The past is set in war torn Czechoslovakia, and tells the story of a young Jewish woman whose family is literally destroyed in front of her eyes. Faced with the possibility of being the only member of her family left, Amelia does everything she can to stay alive. In the midst of the daily horrors she experiences, Amelia finds an unlikely reason to hope.
In the present, Emma Hill is asked by her 91 year old grandmother, Amelia, to read from the diary she wrote to record her time and experiences in the concentration camp. As the past creeps into the present, Emma learns that there are some secrets that are too painful to recall, that there is always hope and that true love endures regardless of time or place.
I really enjoyed this book. There were a few places where I had to put the book down because the scenes in the concentration camp were just so vivid and real. I’d read them and need a break to regroup and process. I loved the relationship between Emma and her grandmother. It was warm and pure. The love stories that happen in the present are really nice. One old, one new; both passionate and sweet. I have to admit, though, my favorite part of this book was the attention to detail and authenticity that Shari J Ryan was able to achieve. Writing a book set in Europe during WW2 requires an enormous amount of research and commitment. Trying to weave fiction and history together is no small feat. Last Words is a wonderful example of this blending.
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About the Author
Shari J. Ryan is an International Bestselling Author of heartbreakers and mind-benders. Shari was once told she tends to exaggerate often and sometimes talks too much, which would make a great foundation for fictional books. Four years later, Shari has written eleven novels that often leave readers either in tears from laughing, or crying.
With her loud Boston girl attitude, Shari isn’t shy about her love for writing or the publishing industry. Along with writing several International bestsellers, Shari has split her time between writing and her longstanding passion for graphic design. In 2014, she started an indie-publishing resource company, MadHat Books, to help fellow authors with their book cover designs, as well as assistance in the self-publishing process.
While Shari may not find many hours to sleep, she still manages to make time for her family. She is a devoted wife to a great guy, and a mother to two little boys who remind her daily why she was put on this earth.
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