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The Other Blue Sky

(Last Words #2)

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A standalone spinoff from the #1 Bestselling Book, Last Words.

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 othe
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Published October 24th 2018
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Brenda
Sweet little Annie was twelve years old when she began doubting her identity. She and her family were living in New York and had been since she was only a baby, but the discovery of fragmented information, which she overheard as her mother was unwilling to share anything about their past, caused her heartache and the knowledge that she didn’t fit in. She was twenty when she finally went back to Prague, telling her sister Clara, but not her mother or father as she was sure they would forbid her t ...more
Shirley McAllister
Anna's Story

1943 Czechoslovakia, inside the Nazi prison camp Theresienstadt a young mother has a child in the cold stark barracks where the Jewish women have been housed. The mother is taken away and the child sent to the house where children are kept.

Years later on her twelfth birthday Anna overhears her parents talking and she finds out she does not belong to them, that they are not her real parents. It is on that day that her search for the truth begins.

Anna searches on her own as she does
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Robin Loves Reading
As this book is a re-release and is available with books one and three, The Girl with the Diary and The Soldier's Letters, readers should be familiar with Annie. Another familiarity readers might remember is that a child was born in the Theresienstadt concentration camp and she was named Lucie. It is made clear early on in this book that Annie, Emma's aunt and Amelia's sister from the first book is the same little girl that was born under horrendous conditions during World War II.

We had
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Lily
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! Spoiler-free review!

I would highly recommend you read Last Words before reading this story or my review.

“I was born in hell and faced the unthinkable before I was old enough to comprehend much of anything.”

I’ve been rewriting my review for the past few days. Unable to find the right words to express how this book made me feel without giving away spoilers. I thought that after reading one of my all-time favorite books, Last Words, last year, the hurt and heartbreak would end for th
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theliterateleprechaun
“I’ve been a humble person, appreciative and grateful for the life I have, but there is one thing I need - the truth. I desperately need to know who I am and where I come from, but it must come from the person who is responsible for making me one of the lucky missing prisoners of the Holocaust.”

Shari J. Ryan captures the dual feelings felt by those who transitioned from a life of cruelty into a world of freedom. She explores the emotions involved in discovering who we really are after the devast
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Lin (From Chika With Love - Blog) Cohen
When Shari first told me she's going to write a book about Annie, I was over the moon. Last Words is one of my all time favorites and I couldn't wait to have more of those special characters. Of course, she did an amazing job.
Annie's story had me so emotional, it literally took my breath away more than once.
All the things she's been through, all the struggles, all the insecurities about who she really is broke my heart. She's one of the strongest characters I've ever read about and I absolutel
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kgagnon
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is Annie's powerful and moving story of a Holocaust survivor. We first met Annie in Last Words, learning how as a baby, she was rescued heroically from certain death, and eventually came to the United States to be raised in a safe and loving home. As a teen, she overheard a conversation that caused her to question and doubt all that she knew. She felt lost, and alone, not sure of her place in this world. As she set out, in a dangerous time, to find her truth, she will find a strength she di ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Cranky Stars


This is definitely a 5 Star book. The author states that it can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend that you read “The Last Word” to have a better understanding of these characters. In “The Last Word” we were introduced to Amelia and her two daughters, Annie and Clara. This is Annie’s story and what a story it is.


Ever since she was young, Annie has felt lost and out of place. She overhears her parents discussing the fact that they have no legal birth papers for her, but
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Stacie Christensen
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 na
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Tracey Vuolo
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story shatters your views on what you think you know about life. It gives you a whole other perspective that everyone should see in my opinion. Shari, just like with Last Words, you have touched a piece of my heart and soul forever. My heart just broke for Annie and sometimes I couldn’t breath whether from holding my breath or from feeling her pain, frustration or sadness. You collected my tears that’s for sure. Human Beings are such resilient people that it amazes me every day the situatio ...more
Cynthia Villarreal Ortiz
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book....this book is just Amazingly and Beautifully Written!!

Shari J Ryan has written two books that intertwined so perfectly and both have real stories to tell, but this one is just filled with so much heart-wrenching drama that it makes you think and believe that life is a series of events that are coincidently fitted to make you what you are...and that is what I found in Annie's story, her life is never been a truth, so she decides to find her truth, in the way to find herself, she finds
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Liz
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have not yet read Last Words, however, it is now at the top of my list to read. Though The Other Blue Sky by Shari J. Ryan is in the same world, it can be read as a standalone, though I do think there is some interconnections I may have missed.

This is a story that was emotional and heart wrenching. It is also a story about survival, hope and truths. Annie is a Holocaust survivor trying to find her place in this world. It was her search for truths, as harsh as they can be, we follow throughout
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Crystal Wilke
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In 8th grade when we started learning about the Holocaust, I was intrigued. Years later I found out my great grandmother had escaped from a camp and my great grandfather was an American soldier that saved her. He brought her back to the US and the rest is history. So when I read the blurb, I just had to read this book. This is the first book I have read by Shari and I was hooked. I devoured this book in one day.

The Other Blue Sky is written beautifully. You'll need a box of tissues. Secrets don'
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Jun 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shari J. Ryan has quickly become one of my favorite historical fiction authors. Her stories break your heart and then put you back together again. This story is another dual timeline story starting in Czechoslovakia in 1942.

This is a definite must read. Now whenever I see Shari J. Ryan has written another book has become a must for me.

Thank you to #netgalley and #bookouture for allowing me to read the eARC of this story. All opinions expressed above are my own.
Reading with 2 book lovers
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book about annie gave me so many feels. I devoured this story and reccomend it to everyone who loves stories about the holocaust then this is a story for you.
Emily Goodman
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Other Blue Sky is one of the best books of 2018. Ryan did a phenomenal job of telling the story of young Annie, a missing baby from a concentration camp and her journey for answers. We originally met Annie as a child in Ryan's release Last Words, however please note while The Other Blue Sky has some of the same characters it's complete written as a standalone and can be read without having read Last Words.

While I more than enjoyed Last Words, Ryan brought a whole new layer to her storytelli
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Michell Hall casper
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!!!

Shari Ryan did it again. This book was beautiful on the inside and out. The story is difficult to read. I always get emotional when topics about racism/hate come up. And the Holocaust was one of the worst times in our history. Why can't we all just get along?

Thank you Shari Ryan for opening up your heart and home and telling us this beautiful yet painful story and help educating us in a way. I know this is fictional. But I also know a lot of this was researched and was not fictional and
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Jenny B
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The depth of this story has tangled my heart . My heart is still so attached to this story and I am not sure it will ever let go. While this is obviously a fiction story all that Annie went through and her growth into adulthood given these trials wrecked me but in a great way. This story has so much love and loss and is truly a magical tale
Alissa
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a unique story and I have found myself thinking about it even a week after finishing it. It was more like a women’s fiction story for me which was a nice change of pace. What a history Annie had and unraveled over the years. A beautiful story that will capture your heart and make you think about long after you turn the last page!
Nicole
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where to start?

 I really enjoy Historical Fiction, but I have a deep love for a specific time period. I devour books written around and during World War I and World War II. For me, they embody all of the fear, struggle, loss, love and passion in a time of great change and upheaval. Shari J Ryan's The Other Blue Sky is all of those things and more.

Annie's whole world turns upside down when she overhears her mother and father talking about Annie's need for a birth certificate. What will they do? W
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Kristen Lewendon
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is sneaky. I made it through the first half of the story and was starting to doubt my decision to have the tissues on standby. But I’ve learned from my history with Shari Ryan titles: I will need the tissues far more often than I won’t. The story kind of crept up around me, surrounding me with what appeared on the surface to be a very simple tale of a daughter’s search for her birth family. It wasn’t until I was neck-deep in the drama that I realized I had been carried out to sea by th ...more
Nolagirl29
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: angsty
Such a powerful and compelling story! It will take you on an emotional journey with Annie, a missing child from The Holocaust. She is searching to find her true identity.

This story was raw, gritty, real, heartbreaking, full of angst, but it is also a tale of hope, strength, perseverance, and survival. It is beautifully written and the characters will enthrall you. The book is so powerful, it will stay with your for a long time to come. I don't want to spoil this beautiful yet heartbreaking story
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Everything Marie
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In 8th grade when we started learning about the Holocaust, I was intrigued. Years later I found out my great grandmother had escaped from a camp and my great grandfather was an American soldier that saved her. He brought her back to the US and the rest is history. So when I read the blurb, I just had to read this book. This is the first book I have read by Shari and I was hooked. I devoured this book in one day.

The Other Blue Sky is written beautifully. You'll need a box of tissues. Secrets don'
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Kimberly
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow another amazing book by Shari. I absolutely loved this book. Although it is a standalone I would recommend reading last words first to truly appreciate these amazing women.

This was such a beautiful and heartbreaking story. This is the journey of how Annie learned that she was a missing child of the Holocaust. As a teen she overheard a conversation between her parents about them not having a birth certificate for her, and they did not know what they were going to do. That overheard conversat
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Shelley
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh this novel was so good. I started reading and I could not put this novel down until the very last page. I finished a couple days ago and this novel is still in my head. It touched my heart and I think took a piece of my heart when I read it. At times the content was rough reading about such hate and racism, but the novel was so beautiful. This author's novel's just keep getting better. I loved it! ...more
Kaitie
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, wow, wow!!! My heart is still racing and I’m not sure I’ve wrapped my head completely around this book quite yet. It was beautiful, emotional, devastating, and just incredible. I sometimes hate to admit that I like to learn about The Holocaust. How could I want to learn about something so horrific? I remember going to Washington DC in eighth grade and I remember vividly the exhibit called Daniel’s Story. It was The Holocaust Through a child’s eye. A story of you will. Like Ms. Ryan’s story. ...more
Rhonda Ziglar
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 BEAUTIFUL EMOTIONAL STARS!! Beautiful words again from this phenomenal author. Annie's story will be engraved on my heart forever. This story is so beautifully written with all the feels, my emotions were all over the place while reading this book. Shari J. Ryan is by far in my top 5 authors, she can write any genre and turn it into a 5 star read. I highly recommend this book for 2018. ...more
Tiffany
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing heart tearing, soul wrenching journey of survival through a nightmare only the survivors know.


It's a book by Shari Ryan. You're either going to laugh until you pee your pants or you're going to cry until you want to curl up in a ball and hide. I don't think I have managed to read any of her books without having the desire to hug someone with all of my might by the time the story is at its end.
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Julie Gustafson-Monk
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Another EPIC book written by Shari Ryan..

Shari is the queen of breaking our hearts..When she told me she was writing Annie's story, I was thrilled and very excited. What I wasn't prepared for the was the emotions. The Other Blue Sky takes you on an emotional roller coaster. Annie's story is powerful and heart shattering. She is a survivor, born in an Holocaust camp. She just wants to know who she is and where she came from. This is probably one of the most powerful books I have ever read. The Ot
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Heather Blauth Ambrosino
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Devastatingly beautiful! This story will take your breath away, again, and again and again... And, just when you think you couldn't cry anymore... you will...in a good way. Talk about "mind benders and heart breakers"! This story does all of the above! I loved, loved, loved how we learn of Annie's story...and her love with Fisher is like none other! #relationshipgoals, right there! The Other Blue Sky is a must read!! I loved the visits from Amelia, Charlie, Emma, and Jackson from Last Words. The ...more
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Shari J. Ryan is a USA Today Bestselling Historical Fiction writer. Her desire to write stories revolving Jewish livelihood during World War II stems from being a descendant of two Holocaust survivors. After the passing of Shari’s grandmother, she pursued an active interest in learning more about the inherited stories she yearned to understand better.

Shortly after earning a bachelor's degree from
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