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About Shari J Ryan
Shari J. Ryan is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Women’s Fiction, WWII Fiction, and 20th Century Historical Fiction with a focus on the Holocaust and Pearl Harbor.
Shortly after graduation from Johnson & Wales with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Shari began her career as a graphic artist and freelance writer. She then found her passion for writing books in 2012 after her second son was born. Shari has been slaying words ever since.
With two Rone Awards and over 125k books sold, Shari has hit the USA Today Bestseller List, the Amazon's Top 100, Barnes & Noble's Top Ten, and iBooks at number one. Some of Shari’s bestselling books include Last Words, The Other Blue Sky, Unspoken Words and A Heart of Time.
Shari, a lifelong Boston girl, is happily married to her personal hero and US Marine and have two wonderful little boys. For more details about her books, visit: www.sharijryan.com
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RECENT BOOKS BY SHARI
*Last One Home, WWII Historical Fiction (Pearl Harbor and D-Day)*
*Last Words, WWII Historical Fiction (Holocaust)*
*The Other Blue Sky, WWII Historical Fiction (Holocaust)*
*Unspoken Words, WWII Historical Fiction (Holocaust)*
*The Barrel House Series, Contemporary Romance*
*The Heart Series, Contemporary Romance*
*Fall to Pieces, Women's Fiction*
*Shattered Stars, Women's Fiction*
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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.
Now a Top #25 AMAZON INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
From the USA Today Bestselling Author of Last Words, Shari J. Ryan brings readers a new, unforgettable novel. Last One Home was inspired by true events of the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II.
★AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR
★THIS IS NOT A DRILL
Piercing sirens led to cries for help. The pungent scents of burning oil would be seared into our memories forever, and the meaning behind loss was incomprehensible on that infamous day in history.
Twenty-year-old Elizabeth Salzberg, a nursing student and strong-willed Jewish woman, lived under the strict guidance of her father, a naval commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Oahu, Hawaii. For the five years following her mother's untimely death, Elizabeth had struggled to abide by society's expectations of a woman's duties. While spending her days preparing meals and keeping a clean house for her father and brothers, Elizabeth desired a more profound sense of worth and purpose in life.
Elizabeth's dream of escaping the rigorous daily grind was drifting out to sea just before her unexpected encounter with the new handsome lieutenant on base. Everett Anderson, a former Hollywood actor who put his career on hold to serve in the Army is the talk of the town as women gossip over his arrival. Despite the attention, Everett fell for Elizabeth at first sight, but unbeknownst to him, she was the commander's daughter and off-limits to all servicemen on base.
On the morning of December 7th, 1941, a forbidden romance was the least of Elizabeth and Everett's worries when they found themselves fearing for their lives as they dropped to the ground beneath the air attack that would wipe out the U.S. Fleet within hours.
Elizabeth saw this pivotal moment as a turning point in her life. An opportunity to join the Army Nurse Corps was the purpose she had been seeking. She knew the country needed her services. This path was in resistance to her father's wishes and would likely disrupt any future plans between her and Everett, but despite the internal battle to make a life-altering decision, Elizabeth felt an overwhelming need to prove her strength as a coming of age woman at a time when equality was more important than ever.
Could Elizabeth and Everett survive the bloodshed and tears of war, or would one have to come home without the other?
"It's the little things that make us stronger and help us stop focusing on what might happen the day after tomorrow ... "
From 1942 to 1944 I was what some called a Jew killer. Though, I have never hurt a soul, I was responsible for separating Jewish families, ensuring they would never see each other again. Those who were sick, were sent to their death ... by me because I was forced to follow the enemy. The war stole my right of beliefs, my goals for a future, my left arm, and the love of my life.
I saved Amelia …
… then I lost her.
And after more than seventy years, I’m told she’s alive and asking for me.
Will love be enough to overcome the silence of more than seven decades?
Very few people can say they were born inside a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Disease, starvation, and much worse, prevented most prisoners from surviving.
For infants, it was nearly impossible. I became an anomaly. I shouldn’t be alive.
As a child, I didn’t know my life was different from that of others. I had nothing to compare it to, and I had no insight about the day I was born ... until the moment I overheard the truth. In a split second, I became a stranger to my reflection, my name, and my reason for being. I was not Annie anymore, and the people raising me were not my parents. Even the blue sky I cherished became an unfamiliar sight.
I felt utterly alone in a foreign world, but that changed when I met another person who was lost, like me. Fisher offered his hand to hold and began to prove his theory of, “When two missing people find one another, they can consider themselves found.”
Fisher enlightened me, and through him, I gained a deeper understanding of life. Now, I know there are two sides of the beautiful, blue sky. I’m on one side, and my lost loved ones are on the other, but at the end of it all, we’ll be together again under the one and only sky.
When Matilda’s childhood sweetheart Hans is in danger, she doesn’t hesitate to hide him in her attic. Protecting him from her parents and the soldiers downstairs, she smuggles him food and communicates in whispers. For months, they exist by candlelight. But how long can they survive?
America, 2018: Grace opens a mustard-yellow envelope, and her world unravels. She has inherited a bookstore in the small town of Dachau from the grandmother she had no idea existed.
Grace visits her legacy––a bookshop on a cobbled lane filled with lost memories. She combs through faded photographs and handwritten letters, unearthing the story of a young woman who devoted her life to returning the keepsakes of Dachau prisoners to their families. A woman who was torn from her one true love––who never gave up hope…
As Grace pieces together her family’s heartbreaking past, she discovers the long-buried secret of her own identity. But when she learns the truth, will she ever be the same again?
This heart-wrenching yet hopeful tale will restore your faith in humanity, and in the power of love to triumph over evil. Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Orphan Train and Kristin Hannah will be blown away by this breathtakingly gripping page-turner.
Readers love Shari J. Ryan:
“This book hit me right in the feels, I cried, I sighed… This book will always lay claim to my heart… What an amazing journey.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“This book... I’m still at a loss for words. Such a beautiful, powerful, and emotional story. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Oh my gosh, I was literally up all night reading this. It was so worth the lack of sleep. I started reading this novel early in the day and could not force myself to stop. It was so good that I wish I could go back and force myself to slow down, reread it and savor every moment. I loved this novel. I laughed, cried and ultimately at the end I had tears of joy running down my face.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“This book absolutely destroyed me and had me sobbing… Everything about it is just heartbreaking and beautiful and just filled me with so much emotion… One of those books that will always stick with you once you’ve read it. It’s been days and I still can’t get this breathtaking story out of my head. I honestly don’t think there are words adequate enough to describe how hard I fell for this book and the beautiful story it holds.
A Heart of Time
“Time of death...” the doctor said. I won’t forget that moment I looked over at the woman I had been with since we were five years old. My wife. My best friend...and the mother to our newborn baby girl.
You promised me we would be together forever, I wanted to tell her. She gave me her forever, I told myself. Her forever just ended at twenty-five.
Ellie never told me another woman would carry on with her beating heart. Somehow, she knew. And she could have told me....
A Missing Heart
I’ve made mistakes, ones that have ruined lives. Including my own.
Because of this, my past is something I have chosen to keep to myself, and when I found a woman who wanted her past to remain hidden, as well, it felt like the universe was pushing us together.
Except, the universe has nothing to do with the unfolding of my life.
My wife is not who I think she is, living with a past I should have known about.
Now, both of our pasts have come into the spotlight, and they have collided head-on.
A Change of Heart
I was born with a bad heart, one that would not keep me alive through adulthood.
Then, the one day every person on a transplant list waits for, came for me. A new heart with my name on it would give me more time, second chances, and a new life.
A new life with the donor’s widowed husband.
A new life where I tell the perfect man I can never be his.
A new life where I cause heartache instead of feeling it.
My happily ever after doesn’t end with a kiss or a promise.
It ends with gratitude and a goodbye.
At twenty-three, I’m left with a decision.
The outcome could be life or death.
Trent hit me once, and I cried.
Then he hit me again. And again.
After a while, I got used to it, as I slept on the floor beside his bed, night after night. Everyone told me to leave him, but I can't. He won't let me.
The moment I wanted to give up on myself and any form of hope, Kemper—a tall, mysterious Marine just home from Afghanistan walked into my bar. With one look in his eyes, I saw pain that mirrored my own.
At first, I thought maybe he would be my prince charming, riding in to save me, but all it took was one tragedy for me to remember…fairytales don’t exist in real life.
I’m a Boston girl through and through, but when I was given an ultimatum that would determine whether I’d have income or not, I opted for the option with a roof over my head. The only problem was, I had to move down to a small town in South Carolina, leaving behind the only place I’ve ever called home.
Some may not consider my move to be a big deal, but it turns out that having a big mouth and being mildly impatient isn’t quite acceptable in small town.
In other words, I pretty much stick out like a sore thumb, which is great when unknowingly attracting the most eligible bachelor in town.
There’s nothing quite like being mistaken for a damsel in distress and fainting in this man’s arms ... then saying a whole bunch of stupid things I’d regret later.
Thankfully, Austin isn’t like the other kind-natured locals; he’s a little dirty, kind of arrogant, and a way too good-looking for his own good. In fact, we’re a bit like-minded with our attitudes, which causes a futile encounter that leads to a pair of handcuffs in a restaurant, and an embarrassing situation that may or may not be the end to any possibility of a romantic future together.
This Romantic Comedy is promised to included:
- A hot doctor
- A little heat
- Southern Charm
- A lot of laughs
I was trying to live every woman's dream, except my reality has been nothing but a nightmare job and a divorce at the age of thirty-two. Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, my ex-husband, Rick, moved in next door with his life-size Barbie doll.
So, that's been fun.
Then, life pitched me a curve-ball in the form of a retired major-league baseball player, Logan Grier.
With his panty-dropping smile, he’s like an expertly photoshopped version of David Beckham, and he's single. Could life be perfect after all? Of course not. As always, there had to be a catch. Logan had a secret, and I couldn’t help feeling like the truth was dangling right in front of my face.
With Rick’s daily agenda of torturing me, Logan has been an enticing distraction, despite the little fact that he’s my temporary employee. Plus, I didn’t exactly care that his flirty behavior may have been a plan to get in good with the boss. In any case, I was willing to toss a few balls with him, seeing as my playing field hadn’t had any action in over a year.
That’s when it happened…my two worlds collided. Hot temp met the ex, and a full-on bromance was born, but that’s only the beginning.
The “man flu” has come out of nowhere and hit both Logan and Rick with a virus they’re claiming to be worse than childbirth. In fact, they’re pretty sure their end is near.
Will the “man flu” be the kiss of death, or will it be my window for an opportunistic change?
This Romantic Comedy is promised to include:
- A hot office romance
- A little heat
- A Billionaire Baseball Player
- A lot of laughs
Everything in life was going perfectly, but then my luck expired. It all started when I got a new job, which came with a new guy. That’s when I managed to cause an unforeseeable disaster, which took down an entire company in less than a week. The new job, the new guy and a big mouth led to another giant mistake. Then, one more for good measure. Flash forward a couple of weeks, and ... I’ve got milk ... because I’m dating the milkman, and yes, milk did his body good. Not only do milkmen still exist, but I’ve come to learn that some women hire a milkman to deliver more than just milk. I’m not the sharing type, but I also don’t like to cry over spilled—you get my point. So, I can either have a cow or search for greener pastures. Depending on my decision, though, I need to ask myself if I’m prepared to tell my future children that their father is, in fact, the milkman.
This Romantic Comedy is promised to included:
- A hot milkman
- A little heat
- Embarrassing moments
- A lot of laughs
Life isn’t an empty bottle of bourbon spinning on a warehouse floor as I hold my breath.
I feel weak when others perceive me as strong.
I’m passionate though I appear to hate the world around me.
I see beauty in all ugly things.
I feel pain when I laugh.
No one knows the truth.
Well, no one knew the truth until now.
Somehow, Brody Pearson understands more about me than anyone else in my life. The severed connection should mean something significant, but I don’t know if I can forget all my self-proclaimed promises.
August Taylor thought she could manage the weight of the world on her shoulders. Forcing a smile, she hid the secrets of the man she loved and pretended everything was okay. Until she found him unconscious, having chosen his addiction over her ... one last, fatal time.
Unable to understand the sickness that consumed him, grief rivets through August’s body. As she spirals into self-destructive behavior, she finds her life mirroring what she despises.
Chance Miller wants to make a difference. After witnessing the death of his parents at a young age, he longs to help others as he was helped. He thought that path was leading him to adopt a child, but he’s not sure his heart can take another rejection.
Then, he saw August. From a distance Chance watched the sweet woman transition into a shadow of her former self. Now, despite her resistance, he feels compelled to step in and pull her back from the precipice of pain and darkness.
Can August and Chance find a way to help each other put their lives back together? Or are the scattered pieces of their broken hearts shattered beyond repair?