Thursday, May 22, 2014

Simple Faith Book Review

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

I have a really good book to share with you called Simple Faith written by Anna Schmidt.
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:
My Thoughts:

This is a really good story about some wonderful people who get caught up in the Germans and their war on the Jews. Even though it's very dangerous to help the Americans, a family does just that.
I know when I lived in Germany for 6 years while my Dad was stationed there in the Army, I was in the Girl Scouts and we got to go on many field trips. I did see a concentration camp and the ovens that were used. I have to say it's a very sobering experience, even for someone who was 12 at the time. 
I just couldn't imagine the things that these people had to go through but in some very small ways I did. We were not welcome by some of the townspeople and once I had gone into town to my favorite bakery to get something and a boy with a baseball bat came after me. Lucky for me I could ride the heck out of my bike! So, I know it's not the same, but the fear was there. I don't know why and could not understand why they hated me and I guess it was the same for the Jews. Hard to comprehend people sometimes.
It is a wonderful story to read and it does have some very happy moments in it but do be prepared to cry some here and there.
Happy Reading! 
About the Author:
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.”
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.  


Julie Wood said...

This looks like a very good book to read.I like the story and want to know what happens to Anja. You lived in Germany for a lot of years. I bet is was hard to see the concentration camps. I am always sad to hear how the Jews were treated! So awful!