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May 23, 2014

SIMPLE FAITH by Anna Schmidt


The Peacemakers
Anna Schmidt

  • Series: The Peacemakers (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press; The Peacemakers Series Book 2 edition (March 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162029141X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620291412

(from Amazon)
After losing her beloved husband and daughter and surviving Hitler’s Sobibor death camp, Quaker widow Anja Steinberg dedicates her life to helping others and keeping her son safe. As a member of the resistance, she helps displaced Allied airmen get back to their units in England. The journey is rigorous and filled with danger and there is no time for romance. Then American Peter Trent parachutes into her life. She must face facts—her heart did not die with her late husband and true love could be hers again. But will a romance hurt Peter’s chance of escape from the Nazis—and endanger her life as well?

The Peacemakers Series:
Book 1 - All God's Children
Book 2 - Simple Faith - Available March 2014

Anna has three times been a finalist for the coveted RITA award for romance fiction and has twice before been recognized by Romantic Times magazine with their Reviewer's Choice Award.
n addition she was named a Rising Star finalist and award winner in 2000, and in 2005 she tried her hand at screenwriting. That first screenplay made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the coveted Don & Gee Nicholl Screenwriting Competition sponsored by the Academy of Arts and Sciences. (Yep, those are the folks who hand out those little gold statues called Oscar every year!) "My father ran a movie theater when I was growing up and my masters degree is in theater arts. When I write, I do tend to think in terms of my characters being 'onstage' - for me it's as much a visual process as a cerebral one."

Critics have called Anna 'a natural writer, spinning tales reminiscent of old favorites like Miracle on 34th Street.' Her characters have been called 'realistic' and 'endearing' and one reviewer raved, "I love Anna Schmidt's style of writing!"

Having survived her own battle with uterine cancer and discovered wellsprings of compassion and caring she never knew she possessed when family members and friends faced their own health challenges, Anna often draws on the questions she has faced in her own life in creating her characters. Readers regularly write to Anna to let her know that a character's story touched them on such a personal level that it was as if Anna understood what they were going through in their own lives.

"But you can't come up with believable stories if you have no life beyond writing," Anna admits. She likes to dabble in crafts - weaving, creating handmade books and notecards, and a little knitting. "We are talking straight knitting - row after row of beautiful yarn is very very soothing for me!" The rows of straight therapeutic knitting do eventually have a purpose -- Anna makes them into prayer shawls for hospice patients.

In addition she loves gardening and she's hauled enough seashells home from the Florida beaches that somewhere in the future, archeologists may believe there must have once been an ocean in Wisconsin! (Click here to learn how you can receive one of Anna's handmade bookmarks.)

One of Anna's favorite pastimes is the chance to hear from and stay in touch with her readers.

SETTING: 1943 Europe WWII
This book can be read as a stand alone but it would be nice if you could read  book one before.   The story is a fast paced adventure that takes place during WWII..  Anja Steinberg is a Quaker, married to a Jew.  In book one, the Nazi's killed her husband and her daughter.  Anja ran away to her grandparents with her son. 
Peter Trent and his crew's plane is shot down in occupied territory.  Anja's son, who is only eight  finds a hiding place so the German's can't find him.  He asks his mother and grandma to help him.  This was a form of the underground railroad that the United States had  during the civil war period.  Peter had been injured and infection had set in.  He must be in good condition to make it over the mountains. Anja helped the airmen travel over the mountains to France and then Spain and hopefully back to their troops.
When Anja and Peter finally start their journey,  Peter is captured.  The journey over the mountains was extremely demanding and hard.  Little food and water, travelling mostly by food and very little to keep them warm.
The author provides such wonderful descriptions that you can almost visualize their journey.

I received a complimentary copy of SIMPLE FAITH by Anna Schmidt from Pump Up Your Book Virtual Tours for my honest view.   No other compensation took place.

The author has some education put into the book about the Hitler's death camp, Sobibor, the struggles and hardships people endured during this time period.  She added how faith held people together and gave them the strength to endure.   This is a great historical novel with lots of adventure and a little romance put in.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical novels about WWII.  The author did a good job of getting good, hard facts into the story so that you wanted to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.

I would give this book 4 STARS.



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