PUYB Presents….Simple Faith by Anna Schmidt

PUYB Presents….

Simple Faith by Anna Schmidt



Simple Faith 7Title: Simple Faith
Author: Anna Schmidt
Publisher: Shiloh Press (Barbour)
Pages: App. 300
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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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. Anja knows that Mikel, her fellow resistance worker, loves her. He would make a good husband and father for her son, but she doesn’t share his feelings. Is friendship enough? 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 marrying Mikel may be the only way she can save Peter.

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This story takes place in 1943 Europe during WWII and is the second book in The Peacemakers Series by Anna Schmidt. And I could understand the story better by reading the first book, All God’s Children, because I was familiar with the characters and the setting. Anji and her son are dedicated to helping others after Anji’s husband and daughter was killed as a result of the war. Their journey was a dangerous one and Anji’s main task it to make sure her son is safe. Will difficult situations hinder her from taking care of her son’s safety?

Just as the first book, Simple Faith is filled with historical facts during WWII throughout this story. There were a lot of difficult scenes to read because of the nature of the war situations, but Ms. Schmidt kept my attention with the details of the setting and her awesome vivid imagination. I find it so interesting to read stories during the WWII era because I get a real insight about how difficult life was during those years. The characters are realistic and it just seems as though it is all real. The reading about Hitler’s death camp, and the hardships and struggles those living during that time had to face was heart-wrenching! It was all so horrible, I can’t even imagine how horrible it was. My father in law fought in this war, and what he saw was so bad that he couldn’t talk about it to anyone. I guess those who survived didn’t want to think about it. I appreciate Ms. Schmidt writing this series so we can learn more about this time in our history.

 I received this book from PUYB and Barbour Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


Anna Schmidt is a three-time finalist for the coveted RITA award presented annually by Romance Writers of America. Her novel A SISTER’S FORGIVENESS gives Anna her fourth finalist honor for the Reviewers’ Choice Awards from Romantic Times magazine. She has won that award twice before.

Anna is the author of over twenty-five works of historical and contemporary fiction including her most recent series—THE PEACEMAKERS – set in World War II.  All God’s Children was released last fall and tells the story of Beth—an American Quaker trapped in Nazi Germany where she finds herself fall in love with Josef—a young German medical student who is determined to save his beloved homeland from Hitler’s oppressive regime. Publisher’s Weekly had high praise for the novel noting that “The activities of the White Rose resistance group, as well as the prisoner uprising at the Sobibor concentration camp, are more than simple historical context. Schmidt seamlessly integrates these actual events, and the courageous real-life individuals who fought against Hitler’s regime, with her fictional characters and their story, to produce a strong tale of hope and love in the face of insurmountable obstacles.”

Her current release is the inspirational historical romance, Simple Faith.

Visit her website at www.booksbyanna.com or her blog at www.booksbyanna.wordpress.com.



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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