THE DOCTOR'S DAUGHTER
by Shari J. Ryan
Release Date: April 28, 2022Genre: Historical Fiction
Trope: World War II
Auschwitz, 1941: It was her father’s job to save the lives of the SS. But she chose to risk everything and save the lives of prisoners.
In Nazi-occupied Poland, Sofia cannot look her father in the eye. Sofia’s mother, her papa’s cherished wife, is Jewish—how dare he work as a doctor for the SS? She cannot forgive him, even if the bargain was made to spare their lives.
In the middle of the night, Isaac emerges from a packed train with hundreds of others. Beneath Auschwitz’s barbed wire, soldiers surround them, and gunshots pierce the dark sky. The SS decide prisoners’ fates on the spot—and Isaac is chosen to work, rather than to die.
Every day, Isaac and his fellow inmates are sent to a nearby farm. From sunup to sundown, they toil the land with barely a scrap to eat. Every breath feels like it could be Isaac’s last, so when he sees a beautiful auburn-haired girl peering out of the farmhouse window, it feels like a dream…
Sofia refuses to accept what she is seeing. Disobeying her father and evading the guards, she risks her life to sneak a letter to the green-eyed boy outside. She explains that she has hidden them food, and that she’ll do everything in her power to save them.
This secret exchange sparks an escape that should have been impossible—and a love story that is unforgettable. But is love enough in the face of evil? And when Sofia and Isaac are concealed underground, holding their breath as the Nazis hunt them, will they survive?
Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Choice, and Orphan Train will be utterly gripped by this heartbreaking and unputdownable tale. This tear-jerking page-turner shows that even if your freedom has been robbed, and your loved ones torn from you, nobody can steal your hope…
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Shari J. Ryan is USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Massachusetts with her wicked awesome husband, and two wild sons who fill her life with non-stop comedy.
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In The Doctor’s Daughter Ms Ryan delivers another thought provoking story that reminds us of the strength good has over evil.
We follow Sofia, Issac, and Olivia through their experiences as Jews living in WWII Poland. While each of the three (and their respective families) have different experiences during the war, the evocative story telling pulls the reader in.
I will be honest and tell you that there are times when this book is hard to read. That difficultly is not because of delivery, but because of the honesty in which the history is portrayed. Books like The Doctor’s Daughter are important reminders about just how difficult life was for Jews in WWII and how we, as the human race, need to consistently be on guard to make sure that history does not repeat itself.
One of the things that I truly appreciated about this book was that even with the grave subject matter, there was an underlying element of hope and how seemingly small actions can make a difference.
Ms Ryan has developed into an excellent author in the genre of historical fiction, especially focusing on WWII. She shines light on stories we may not have seen before and weaves important lessons into our fictional stories. I am looking forward to what she has coming next.
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