Tuesday, February 14, 2023

The Stolen Twins ~ Shari J Ryan ~ New Release & Review


by Shari J. Ryan

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Release Date: February 14, 2023

Genre: Historical fiction
Trope: World War II


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.”

This unforgettable World War Two page-turner, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Lucky Ones and The Midwife of Auschwitz, shows that, in the darkest of times, love can save your life…

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About the Author

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.

With a life full of love, writing, drawing, TV binging, reading, and Starbucks, Shari is living her best life.

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Elizabeth's Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

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In the Stolen Twins, Ms Ryan again shows her knack for taking difficult subjects and making them real for modern day audiences.

This story focuses on twins, Nora and Ariana, as they navigate life in at the end of World War II, and in the immediate aftermath.

Miss Ryan does not avoid the harsh realities of what the Nazis did in the concentration camps. But she presents this material with grace and empathy for what these survivors would have gone through.

As a reader, I couldn’t help but root for Nora, Ariana and the people trying to help them. I was inspired by their courage, encouraged that there were people in the world to help, but also disappointed in the ignorance present, and the struggles that could create for survivors.

Books like this, while fiction, are important in our current cultural lexicon as they make it impossible for us to forget the tragedies of our past. Hopefully by remembering what has happened before we can make sure it never happens again.

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