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Sherry V. Ostroff Author

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Sherry V. Ostroff


All About Sherry


In my former life I was a teacher, a runner, a voracious reader, a wife and a mother.  Today I am an author, a walker, a voracious reader, a wife, a mother and a grandmother.  The big news is - writing has become an all-consuming passion.  In my spare time I enjoy cooking, traveling and hanging out with my high school sweetheart and our family. I currently reside  in Lancaster County, PA.  I don't have any pets at the moment, but I used to have a dog named Dog and a cat named Meow.

My Books:

THE LUCKY ONE, published in 2016, is based on my mother's memoir. It is about her escape from Eastern Europe in the 1920's.

CALEDONIA, published in 2019, is my first historical novel. It's the story of two women who are separated by 300 years but are bound by mysterious circumstances. 21st century Hanna keeps uncovering evidence linking her to 17th century Anna. Both women experience adventure, romance, and tragedy as the reader witnesses them becoming more and more connected.

MANNAHATTA, published in 2021, is the second and last book of the series, and continues the story of Hanna and Anna.

EXPULSION - A Novel of the Spanish Inquisition published July 2022.

Next! THE WALL AT THE SUGAR FACTORY, A NOVEL set in Eastern Europe 1919-1927. .



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....a thought-provoking , powerful novel of

survival and social change....

Midwest Book Reviews

Ostroff captures the texture of Eastern European Jewish life...tension is palpable throughout the narrative...a compelling tale...Kirkus Reviews

This is an exceptional book, an amazing story, and one that lifts the human spirit....

Readers' Favorite

This is a wonderful novel, with excellent research. It was well written, well edited

and had great plot and character development.

IndieBRAG Medallion Honoree


When Shaindel Pogrebiski’s life is shattered and uprooted by the senseless looting and murder that follow the civil war in Ukraine in 1919, she needs to figure out how to survive. With only her young daughter, Shaindel must flee the turmoil. But where will she go? The world seems indifferent to the bloodbath upending Shaindel’s homeland, so who will take in the refugees fleeing for their lives?

The era of the anti-Jewish riots, the pogroms in Ukraine from 1918-1921, has taken on new scrutiny. Some scholars suggest that this period which resulted in great atrocities against the shtetl Jews, perpetuated by their neighbors, was really the beginning of the Holocaust. The pogroms normalized the slaughter and created ready and willing executioners for the Nazis. Their goal of making Europe Judenrein became easier.

The Wall at the Sugar Factory is Sherry V. Ostroff’s fifth book. The author’s writing has been described as “exacting, well-written” (Kirkus Reviews), “exquisitely compelling” (Midwest Book Reviews), “spellbinding and sophisticated” (Literary Titan).

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Basseva Seneor has choices, but none are good. She can choose baptism to save herself from the brutality of the Inquisition. But that would mean giving up the man she loves. Or she can leave her homeland and never see her family again. In Medieval Spain, after the Edict of Expulsion was signed into law in March 1492, there were few options for a Jew.

An historical novel about the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, and the injustice of the Edict of Expulsion, and one woman's attempt to survive them both.


Midwest Reviews - If only one book were to be chosen about the Inquisition's experience, it should be EXPULSION.

SPR - The depth of research behind this novel is undeniably impressive, as is Ostroff's mastery of suspense and dialogue.

Readers' Favorite - While you read this book, you will experience many emotions as you watch love, horror, violence, hate, jealousy, death, torture, and family unity unfold before your eyes in one novel and done so spectacularly.

Literary Titan - EXPULSION is a spellbinding and sophisticated novel that is emotional, dramatic, and entertaining.

IndieB.R.A.G. - The story is full of vivid details...meticulously researched, and it felt as if medieval Spain had come alive. This novel is a story of love, faith, and courage. Was almost an all night read.

Eric Hoffer - Nominated


The Series

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 First Place: Adult Fiction

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B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree
Chaucer Awards - Long Listed
SHELF UNBOUND - 2021 Notable
Exquisitely Compelling
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer,
Midwest Book Review
A Must Read for Fans of Historical Novels
Reader's Favorite
Magnificent Read
Bookshelf Reviews
Readers say:
  • An informative and absorbing story
  • I did not want to put this book down.
  • Move over Outlander
  • I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend.


This exacting, well-written historical novel will delight fans of the genre. 
-Kirkus Reviews

...a solidly compelling story that proves hard to putdown as love evolves and 'home' is redefined.
D. Donovan Senior Reviewer

Midwest Book Reviews

Superbly crafted storytelling. It's almost impossible not to enjoy it!

Wishing Shelf Book Review

Amazing book/story from an amazing author!!!

A Reader

Fascinating read that's hard to put down.
A Reader

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SYNOPSIS: 1918 was a terrible time to be Jewish in Russia.  The Revolution was raging and anti-Jewish riots were claiming thousands of lives and destroying property. Escape was difficult and dangerous. One way out was to flee to the United States, but the government was in no mood to extend a hand to refugees desperately seeking safe harbor.  Into this milieu, Ita Pogrebisky, The Lucky One, was born.

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The Lucky One


  • Readers who enjoy memoirs, and especially those who look for sagas of struggle to survive and flourish against enormous odds, will appreciate Sherry V. Ostroff's attention to bringing her mother's words to life....  Midwest Book Review

Readers' Reviews:

  • Author Sherry V. Ostroff has given readers a gift.

  • A gripping story of a time and place unknown to most people.

  • Sherry has created a beautiful biographical memoir.

  • This book is a piece of living history.

  • The Lucky One - definitely a 5 star review

  • This is the second work I’ve read by Sherry V. Ostroff and want an incredible story of overcoming incredibly difficult odds.



are available in paperback, e-book, and

audio-book formats at

The Lucky One, Caledonia, Mannahatta Expulsion & The Wall at the Sugar Factory

Sherry V. Ostroff is available for presentations, readings, and book discussion groups.  Contact her at


Upcoming Events: 2024

May 1 - Messiah Village - Pathways Institute - The Wall at the Sugar Factory
September  23 - Hadassah Greater Philadelphia Region - The Wall at the Sugar Factory


November - Keneseth Israel, Jenkintown, PA - TBA



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