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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.

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Sep 14, 2019

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a follow-up story to the novel, Last Words, written about the daughter who was rescued from a concentration camp as a baby by a family friend, her name changed, and all the details of her past withheld to protect her from the trauma of knowing. Unfortunately, children often know when there are secrets even when they do not know what they are and they overhear discussions about secrets without knowing the whole story.

Imagine having no birth certificate, only a false name, and a suspicion This is a follow-up story to the novel, Last Words, written about the daughter who was rescued from a concentration camp as a baby by a family friend, her name changed, and all the details of her past withheld to protect her from the trauma of knowing. Unfortunately, children often know when there are secrets even when they do not know what they are and they overhear discussions about secrets without knowing the whole story.

Imagine having no birth certificate, only a false name, and a suspicion that the people calling themselves mom and dad have no biological relationship to you. Any inquiry of your parents meets complete denial. Many of us would need answers, and lack of a birth certificate prevents one from getting married, attending college, traveling overseas, and getting employment. This book is about the daughter who went on a quest for answers, but combining the answers to her questions, including her birth name and those of her birth parents, the conditions into which she was born, and further losses she experienced in her life were difficult for her to process and she was stuck in a place without healing. At the end of this book, she learns that she gained things even within these traumas and that the love of her adoptive family made her lucky despite she experienced some very big losses. The book was moving and really emphasized the danger of secrets preventing people from accepting their pasts and finding closure. The author moved from past memories to the present to tell the heroine’s story. She also used this technique with the first book, and I found that it added to the suspense and mystery, essentially keeping some secrets from the reader until later in the plot. I think it was very effective and made a greater impact than if the story had been told in chronological order. It took me much longer to read than Ms. Ryan’s lighter books, but I think I needed to absorb the story more slowly. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to readers.

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Jun 30, 2019

Read Last Words first for the best experience.

The Other Blue Sky #2 – This is the second of two books of the Surviving the Holocaust series. I highly recommend reading Last Words before reading Blue Sky. Blue will be more meaningful to know the previous generation’s story as well as Annie’s past before Blue. This well written, emotion filled sequel can be read without reading Words first but why?

The storylines continue from Words but focus on Annie, although all the previous family characters Read Last Words first for the best experience.

The Other Blue Sky #2 – This is the second of two books of the Surviving the Holocaust series. I highly recommend reading Last Words before reading Blue Sky. Blue will be more meaningful to know the previous generation’s story as well as Annie’s past before Blue. This well written, emotion filled sequel can be read without reading Words first but why?

The storylines continue from Words but focus on Annie, although all the previous family characters are still a large part of this story, too. The emotions are still plentiful and range the gamut. Love is a major character, along with fear. While this book is filled with pain, there is so much love and light that shines through.

The author does a wonderful job with her descriptions and the reader can see the locations and feel the emotions. There are smiles but there is plenty of pain and discoveries in Annie’s life. I contacted the author to review her books and I received this copy through Booksprout. 5*

Last Words #1 – This is my first read by this author and I find this story is amazing. I’ve read many stories by the survivors of the Holocaust and this is one of the best. Well written but full of emotions and experiences that rip the heart out of a decent person. While the book isn’t as graphic about the horrors of Theresenstadt, there is plenty of the reader to grasp what everyone was going through in that terrible period of time. The four main characters are so loving, so decent, that what happened in the past wastes 75 years of a perfect love. Ms. Ryan has a gift for telling a story full of horror and pain, and yet, lets the light of love shining brightly through the decades. I found this book on Booksprout. 5* ...more

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