house in front of me was a vivid shade of blue—bluer than the sky but no darker
than the ocean. The color reminded me of a blue-bird. The windows were framed
with a shade of forest green, and there were two small windows on each side of
the matching door. The roof was old and tattered, but supported the one
lonesome dormer-window in the attic. The flower beds beneath the front windows
were empty but I imagine they were full of vibrant blossoms in the spring and
summer. Trinkets clung to the windows from the inside where a fire illuminated
an empty table covered with a freshly prepared dinner.
wasn’t standing in front of that house to admire the unique colors and decor.
gave me a task.
shoved his elbow into my side as he walked passed me, continuing down a line of
Jewish men and women who were waiting for their next order. “Charlie, kill that
woman. She is out of line,” Sven asserted his command with an authoritative
The Other Blue Sky by Shari J Ryan is a heart wrenching
tale of love and family, and overcoming evil. It is set in present day America
and 1954 moving forwards to the present. The book follows on from Last Words
but can be read as a stand-alone. I would recommend reading Last Words first so
you can join all the dots.
The novel is about the search for roots. We all
want to know where we come from. Without this anchor our lives may flounder as
we feel like something is missing.
Secrets have been kept down the years. Secrets
are locked away in hearts to protect loved ones. Secrets become heavy burdens
that need to be shared or we will break.
A mother’s love runs throughout. It is a love
that protects and nurtures. It is a love that is unbreakable. It is a love that
holds on and a love that is needed when a heart is breaking.
Last Words by Shari J Ryan is the most
beautifully told historical and contemporary story of forbidden love in times
of war. The novel is set in Theresienstadt in 1942 and modern day America. This
book made me cry and it filled my heart with love.
We do not choose who we fall in love with. For
some, just a glance makes a lasting connection. Others may spend a lifetime
looking. True love lasts and never dies.
The action alternates between the two time
periods after the discovery of a diary from 1942. “Most of the memories were
too painful to face, and I had to lock them away in that diary.” The horrors of
World War II loomed large. It was a time of unspeakable evil acts committed
against the Jewish people. Loved ones were torn apart. You needed a strong will and a lot of luck to