A Stranger’s Gift by Anna Schmidt

A Stranger’s Gift

by: Anna Schmidt  

Women of Pinecraft (Book 1)

Book Blurb

You’ll be swept away by the endearing characters created by award-winning author Anna Schmidt. On the heels of a horrific hurricane, Hester Detlef, field director for the Mennonite Disaster Service, blows into the life of self-made, shunned Amish man John Hafner. Will she find a way through his shield and into his heart? Although the hurricane has left John homeless and badly injured, the last thing he wants is some do-gooder Mennonite woman intruding in his life. Will his impatience with her intention of restoring his faith and property keep him from accepting this beguiling stranger’s kindness?


John Steiner left his home and Amish faith after his mother passed away and is now living in Sarasota, Florida. He likes being alone and wishes everyone would respect his wishes. Even with an evacquation??? because of a hurricane coming through, John doesn’t listen to warnings and says in his home, finding out the hard way that hard way he should have listened. The house he has been working on for the past two years was severly???? damaged by the hurricane.

Hester enjoys her work with the local MCC in the Mennonite community in Sarasota, Florida that was started by her father.  Being the lead person in her area, she spends many hours helping people in need. John Steiner was though, he just wouldn’t accept help from anyone. As irritated??? as Hester was at John, she still wanted to help him because for some reason she was intrigued by him. This could turn out to be an interesting task, since he flatly refused to leave his home during the horrible hurricane that swipped through the area.

This is an awesome Amish story with many unique twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seats and keep the pages turning until the very end. The characters were well created and developed and easily grow on you. John seemed stubborn but he felt alone and determined to make his way through life on his own. But Hester and those working with MCC were determined as well that he needed help.

This is a story of love and forgiveness though learning to accept God’s will for life. His will is not always what we want, but it is always what is best, as John finds out in the end.

I found this a wonderful story that I enjoyed very much.  If you are an Amish fiction fan, I highly recommend this wonderful book for your to read and enjoy.

I appreciate Barbour Publishing for providing a copy of this book for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Meet Anna Schmidt

Anna Schmidt is the author of over twenty works of fiction. Among her many honors, Anna is the recipient of Romantic Times’ Reviewer’s Choice Award and a finalist for the RITA award for romantic fiction. She enjoys gardening and collecting seashells at her winter home in Florida.

Visit Anna’s website at www.booksbyanna.com

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