The Girl with the Diary By Shari J. Ryan
The Girl with the Diary: Utterly heartbreaking and unputdownable World War Two historical fiction (Last Words Book 1) By Shari J. Ryan
Book/Novel Author: Shari J. Ryan
Book/Novel Title: The Girl with the Diary
“Wow, wow, wow, wow!!… I LOVED this… One of the most emotional and gut-wrenching books I have read… I shed so many tears… I’ve not cried like that whilst reading for a long time!!… A MUST-READ.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐The worn leather-bound diary, tied with a red ribbon, has hidden the truth for seventy years. The spine crackles as she opens it, reading the long-forgotten words of her grandmother. “What if you never come back? What if you die trying?”Nazi-occupied Prague, 1942: Ameliais hiding in her closet when flashlights blind her and she’s captured by the SS. Out on the cobblestone street, her heart shatters as her mother is shot before her eyes. She is shoved onto a freight train with hundreds of others—hours pass as they travel in darkness.Arriving in a concentration camp, Amelia fears for her life when she is led to a block by a soldier. He is her enemy, yet he secretly passes her a piece of bread; an act that saves her.They are meant to despise one another, but Amelia and Charlie are powerfully drawn to each other. Amelia sees how Charlie risks everything to save prisoners from deportation—and she sees the kindness in his eyes.Amongst so much tragedy, falling in love is a miracle. Yet, one day, Charlie utters those miraculous words. “I’m in love with you. To everyone else, we’re wrong, but what does that matter when nothing in this world is right?”But under the all-seeing gaze of the guards and endless watchtowers, there is only so long they can keep their secret—and the very act of loving each other endangers their lives. Will they remain loyal to each other in the face of death? And when they finally say goodbye, will it be by choice or by force?Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Orphan Train will be totally swept away by this World War Two heartbreaker which shows that, even in hell, love can bloom.This book was previously published as Last Words. Readers love The Girl with the Diary:“Wow, just wow!… Amazing, it truly was an emotional, powerful, heart-wrenching but beautiful read… I was left speechless… If you only read one book this year, please make it this one, you won’t be disappointed. I ugly cried. I wish I could give it more than 5*.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“Begs to be read in one sitting… I had tears running down my face… Heart-stopping… Gut-wrenching.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“Oh my gosh I literally was up all night reading this novel. It was so worth the lack of sleep… I laughed, cried and ultimately at the end I had tears of joy running down my face.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I’m still at a loss for words. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I’m not going to lie, I cried like a baby…But I just could not put this book down… 10 stars, an absolute MUST-READ!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I freakin’ loved this one!!!!.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I was up way past my bedtime LOL but it was worthy every minute!!! Truly a beautiful, spellbinding, heart-moving story that will leave you breathless!!!!”4TLOReading Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I shed so many tears…You WILL need tissues.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“WOW! In all honesty, this is one of the VERY BEST books I have ever read.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I am COMPLETELY blown away. I am a sobbing mess here.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“PHENOMENAL!!!!!!… Just Wow. I have no words.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“Broke my soul… Kept me up until 6am in the morning crying. Happy tears. 100 STARS.” Shasta Hope Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The very true meaning of love. Great story told in first and third person. I can’t wait for the next book.
Amelia and Charlie rekindle your faith in the goodness of people. Even through the pitiful years of WW2 they helped so many people and found love. This was a good book and I suggest it to everyone. I try to read 2-3 books a week on WW2 and I feel this is my favorite book so far. I enjoyed this book from start to finish.
The year is 1942 and the place is Prague , Czechoslovakia. The Nazi’s have occupied Prague and are carrying out Hitler’s orders to round up the Jewish population and send them to concentration camps. Amelia hears the boots on the step and loud voices in her home, she hides in a closet. The soldiers find her and pull her out into the street with the rest of her family. Her mother tries to save her and is murdered in front of her eyes. As her mother is murdered one young soldier looks Amelia in the eyes with a sad look.Amelia is taken to Theresienstadt concentration camp where all the Jewish are treated very cruelly, worked hard, no medical care, starved with little more than a bit of moldy bread and thin watery soup to survive on. Many die from disease and starvation. She is alone in the camp. A soldier pulls her aside and slips her a piece of bread. He slips her food when he can. His name is Charlie. He does not want to be a soldier but he was given no choice. He does not believe in Hitler nor his cruel treatment of the Jewish.Will Charlie and Amelia make it out of the prison camp alive or will they both be shot for their friendship? Will either or both of them survive? Will they ever see each other again after the war?Many years later Amelia is dying from a heart condition. She is in the hospital visiting with her granddaughter Emma. She is asking for Charlie, where is Charlie? Emma, her mother and her aunt Anna try to pacify her grandmother who seems to be stuck in the past during war times. She asks Emma to find her book. Emma goes to her grandmother’s house and finds her diary. What she finds in the diary will change her life and it is a secret that her grandmother asks her to keep forever secret. The diary tells the story of her grandmother during and after her time in the concentration camp.This is a story of sadness, tragedy and hope. A story of survival and love that never died even after seventy four years of life. It is the story of the courage of two young people and how they suffered during and after the war.It is the story of a family built on secrets and how those secrets must stay hidden in the past forever.It is also the story of Emma, her bond with her grandmother, and the hunky doctor that she cannot resist.I enjoyed reading Amelia and Emma’s story. It was historical and it was sad and heartbreaking. So much is written about those times during the Holocaust, but somehow when it is told from a survivor’s point of view it make is more real and also more divesting. A time in history that must never ever happen again.It is also a story of new life and of hope. That even though bad things happen those that survive can go on to put the past behind them and live a good life foreword. Not that they will ever forget , but they must put it behind them and go on with life.This was a good book, very well written, and I love the characters. I would recommend this book.Thank to Shari J. Ryan for writing an interesting and historical story, to Bookouture for publishing it and to NetGalley for making it available to me.
Wow! I just couldn’t put this book down. I loved that it went back and forth between WWII and present time, to give time to digest what was going on during WWII. The diary of her past drew me in and gave so much detail that I could visualize what she went through. The story from the present was light, refreshing and comical. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, The Prison Child.
incredible!!! Loved it! So beautifully written, I couldn’t put it down. Love is not measured by time. Def recommend this book!