Simple Faith

Simple Faith

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by Anna Schmidt
     
 

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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

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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. 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

 

Editorial Reviews

Karen Dean

I really enjoyed reading a carefully researched work of historical fiction. I had great difficulty putting it down!
RT Book Reviews - Michele Hagenlock

The writing and feel of Simple Faith are just that - simple - yet the book draws the reader in with every subsequent chapter. This reviewer was torn between who to root for just as Anja was torn between who to love. The story ends in an unexpected way because of all the tragedy and obstacles everyone faces on their way to freedom. Readers will hate to see the story end. Let's hope Schmidt has more in store for these characters.
Librarian - Amy Smith

I cannot speak highly enough about this book! I loved every page of this moving, suspenseful WWII story! Despite the heartbreaking moments, this was an uplifting story that I did not want to stop reading. I adored the first book in the series and was thrilled to find that the second book was even more exciting than the first. Anna Schmidt has become of my new favorite authors. I cannot wait until the next book comes out!
Kaye's Penguin Posts - Karen Gervasi

Combine a love for WWII fiction, Christian fiction, and stories of courageous people, Simple Faith ticked all the boxes perfectly. What a wonderful story this is! I was engaged immediately with the characters. I could feel my heart rate speed up at the very beginning and just knew this story would really grab me by the heart and not let go.
Book Reviews by Tima - Tima Murrell

The author has taken drama, suspense, history, and romance and woven them together so expertly that I felt I was living the story. The characters were relatable and had depth. The storyline was not only believable, but gripping.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620291412
Publisher:
Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2014
Series:
The Peacemakers
Edition description:
The Peacemakers Series Book 2
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
784,572
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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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.

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Simple Faith 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful sequel. I'm looking forward to reading the third in the series.
25jump More than 1 year ago
If you read the first book, All God's Children then this book is a must read. What happens to Anja and her son? As you read this book who start to wonder, who can you trust, who will act like a friend only to turn you in for extra rations? Life was difficult during that time and you never know what will happen next. God works al things in his time and in His own way. Loved the story, stayed up nights reading and loved every bit of the story.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed book 1 and #2 is even better! I've not read very many World War II novels, kinda seems like historical stories end for me in 1920, but lately I have been coming across some really good ones that take place during the 40's, and this is one of those books. I read the first book in this series, All God's Children, and definitely enjoyed but I think I liked Simple Faith even more. There was more adventure and intrigue in book 2. I also really liked how the heroine, Anja, is a strong woman. Going beyond her own pain at the loss of her husband and baby, having survived and escaped a concentration camp, she endangers her own life trying to save as many people as she can. Then everything changes, instead of guiding people towards safety she is the one needing help. On the run with an American pilot she is beginning to fall in love with, she winds up trekking across several European countries in a desperate bid to save his life, her own, and more importantly, her young son. Each of the characters have their own battles, their own fears, and really their own inner demons. How far will each of them go to save the others? Are they willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice? To me, the story was much about choices and personal sacrifice and I found myself wondering how far I would go, would I be strong enough to do what Anja does? Once again the pacifist faith of the Quakers is put to the test in the horrors of war. The Quaker faith is something I know very little about and I very much liked learning more about their beliefs and practices through entertaining pages of a novel. This is a great book for fans of WWII fiction. Anna Schmidt has outdone herself with Simple Faith. In many ways this book had the same qualities of those wonderful old WWII classic movies, kind of like Casablanca without the questionable morals and dubious ending. Excellent, enjoyable story, and I am definitely looking forward to book 3 when it comes out. (I received a copy of this book from Revell through The Book Club Network for my honest review. All opinions are my own)
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
If you have followed my book reviews for any length of time, then you know I am a huge WWII fan of both historical fiction and non fiction books. I am so thrilled I got the opportunity to review Anna Schmidt's novel, Simple Faith, the second novel in the Peacemakers Series. In this one she utilizes the true story of a group of German medical students who banded together in what came to be known as the White Rose to speak out against Hitler and the Nazis. The journey of the characters of Anja and Josef and Beth take in this novel is set against the background of historical fact. "Amazingly, during World War II there were several so-called escape lines managed by brave local citizens of countries occupied by the Nazis. Like those who worked on the Underground Railroad, these individuals - at considerable risk to their own lives and safety - provided false papers, safe houses, food, shelter, and clothing to move Allied airmen from the site of their downed planes behind enemy lines across much of Europe until they could reach Gibraltar - a British territory - and move from there back to England. They traveled hundreds, even thousands of miles by train, bicycle, or on foot, and perhaps the most amazing piece of this story is that the best known of these escape lines - the Comet Line - was created and manage by a young woman." (excerpt). This is the story of Second Lieutenant Peter Trent who was shot down while attempting to escape a fire in his bomber that was activated by a photoflash bomb and thus requiring an immediate evacuation of the plane. This was not before being shot in the leg and as he tries to remember all his survival training tips as he parachutes into Belgium in November of 1943, he only hopes he can make it out alive along with the five other crewmen who jumped with him. But for now with being shot in the leg, he can only hope that a "friendly" comes to rescue him before the Nazi Gestapos do. What Peter does discover is a band of people who are willing to risk their lives and those of their children to make sure that he finds his way back home instead of being shot or captured by the Nazi's. Peter and Anja are about to embark on a life changing journey that will do more than test their survival skills but also test their faith in God along the way. I received Simple Faith by Anna Schmidt compliments of Shiloh Publishing and Pump Up Your Book Tours for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained in this review are strictly my own unless otherwise noted. For me, this one was aspect of the war, I have never heard about until picking up Anna's novel. I can't imagine how difficult it would be the not only find an Allied airmen, but to risk their own personal safety against being arrested or killed while trying to get him home while the Nazis continually searched for these men. Knowing their plane was shot down, it only seems logical that they would search nearby farms, homes and businesses looking for people who were willing to hide them. Almost like what countries did during the Holocaust to hide the Jews who were being shipped off into concentration camps. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the research that went into the creation of this amazing novel and can easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to picking up the first novel in this series, to see how Anja escaped the Nazi death camp in All God's Children.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
SIMPLE FAITH by Anna Schmidt is another exciting Peacemakers, Inspirational Historical Romance/Fiction set in 1943 Europe. #2 in “The Peacemakers” series, but can be read as a stand alone, although, I would recommend reading book 1, “All God’s Children”. Simple Faith, picks up where “All God’s Children” finished. Quaker Anja Steinberg, had her whole world taken away in All God’s Children by the Nazis, after losing her Jewish husband and daughter to the Nazis. In, Simple Faith, she is helping Allied airmen escape from behind enemy lines. She feels this is her calling. Enter, Peter Trent, an American, who was shot down…… Second Lieutenant Peter Trent has been shot down near Anja’s grandfather’s farm. He must travel across enemy territory, through Western Europe to get back to England with the Gestapo hot on his trail. One of many problems, Anja, is falling in love with Peter, but this could endanger, that only her life, but the life of her precious ten-year old son,Daniel, as well. Filled with tension, emotional turmoil, faith, healing, romance and love. You don’t want to miss a second of Simple Faith. Fast paced and filled with drama from the first page to the last. Readers of historical fiction, World War II, the flight of Jews, sacrifice and romance. A brilliant tale of love, sacrifice, the war and healing. A must read! Received for an honest review. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
Simple Faith By: Anna Schmidt What a wonderful story great characters. I have always liked these kind of stories. main character Anja Steinberg is a Quaker but married a Jew. Because he was a Jew he was killed and also their daughter. All she has left is her son. They must leave there and go into hiding only place to go would be to go to her grandparents. There is a American plane goes down and they rescue the soldier and get him to safety. She begins to risk her own life to help others to escape the Nazi 's . Two men come into her life one she really loves but will she have to sacrifice that love to keep him alive? Loved the book great story. This book is full of drama, history, romance and most importantly Faith. I would recommend it for anyone who likes any of these.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
As Simple Faith begins, three prisoners, Lisbeth, Josef and Anja, have just escaped from a Nazi concentration camp and found their way to Anja’s home in Denmark. The three are trying to keep one step ahead of the Nazis and are leaving Denmark to live in Belgium. They are Quakers by faith and are getting involved in the Underground Resistance. The Underground, of course, is helping Allied pilots who have been shot down in enemy territory to escape into Spain and find their units in England. Their work becomes very personal when American pilot, Peter Trent, parachutes into their lives. When Peter comes on the scene, he is a wounded pilot who finds himself in the midst of these brave people. Peter parachutes onto a field near Anja’s grandfather’s farm and they begin to plan how to return him to his unit. The pilot will have to travel across most of the Western part of Europe with his protectors and, of course, the Gestapo is a couple of steps behind and coming up fast. However, there is a problem. Anna is starting to look at Peter in a new way and she knows that loving this brave soldier could be life-threatening to both of them. For readers who have read Book One in the series, All God’s Children, this story will be easy to fall into. For those who have not read the first book, I'd recommend picking up a copy and starting from the beginning. Tthe author has done very accurate research and, with that said, Simple Faith, is truly well researched as to times and events. The story tells about the resistance, who were some of the many heroes of WWII, without being in the services, who often died in the line of duty and no one ever knew of their bravery. Many people do not recognize the plight of these wonderful civilians who risked their own lives and the lives of their families to help the allies as they were living in Nazi occupied countries and didn’t know from one moment to the next if they would be alive the next day. Quill says: Perhaps this series of books will remind historians just how brave the men and women on the sidelines were.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Simple Faith is the sequel to Anna Schmidt’s book, All God’s Children, which I really enjoyed. It is set during WWII and picks up where All God’s Children leaves off and tells us Anja’s story. Anja is a widowed mother of a ten year old boy, Daniel. She has suffered horribly through the war and her back story is told in All God’s Children. However, Simple Faith can be read as a stand alone book and the reader will learn all that has happened in Anja’s life. The trials she has suffered, along with her Quaker faith, fuel Anja’s desire to help Allied airmen escape across Europe and past the enemy lines. As much as I enjoyed the first book in this series and looked forward to reading Simple Faith, I was unprepared for how much I was going to love this book! It starts off with a bang right from the beginning as we watch Peter Trent make his escape by parachuting into enemy territory. He finds himself injured and trapped in Belgium. He must learn to trust in the ability of Anja, Mikel, Josef and Lisbeth to help him heal and escape. This is no simple feat and danger follows them throughout the whole novel. Peter has to hide and recuperate, all the while the Gestapo is searching for him. Then the book really takes off as we read about the daring and very elaborate escape route and the drastic measures that must be taken to stay hidden while fleeing. There are great twists and turns in this book and an absolutely beautiful love story that develops throughout. I recommend Simple Faith to fans of historical fiction. Although you can read it as a stand alone, I believe that your reading experience will be greatly enhanced if you have also read All God’s Children. You will truly understand more about what Anja has persevered through and will enjoy seeing what has happened in the lives of Josef and Lisbeth. I received a complimentary copy of Simple Faith from the author through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Anna Schmidt does not fail to deliver a fantastic read in the sequel to All God’s Children. Simple Faith is a suspenseful and thought provoking continuation in the Peacekeeper Series. In the ugliness of a war that required too much of too many and destroyed lives and families unmercifully, a group of friends work toward rescuing those in danger of the Nazis and Gestapo. Although it is a great sequel, Simple Faith is a standalone story. Anja rises above her own despair and circumstances as she chooses to work in the efforts of helping evaders to escape the Gestapo. Although physically small, she holds a mountainous amount of courage and strives to let God work through her. In the mission, she finds herself falling for an American airman but commitment and friendship keep her dear friend, Mikel in the middle. When true love is present, sacrifice comes alongside. In this story, two men both in love with Anja, are willing to lay down their own wants for her ultimate good. Anja in turn, is willing to sacrifice her own life for the good of her son. Each person is willing to do what’s best for the other and it’s a lovely example of living the gospel. There’s no lack of suspense in the story and the book is a page turner from the start. Simple Faith holds an air of romance, adventure and excitement. At the end of each chapter, I struggled to put the book down and would require ‘one more chapter’. But the story held my attention throughout and I was captivated all the while. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
This book has given me incredible insights into WWII for those on the other side of our world.   I had seen many artifacts from my late uncle:   the censored letters home, his Purple Heart, his leave papers, picture of him in his uniform, his gravestone, and more.  But to think of the many silent soldiers who worked tirelessly to bring soldiers to safety and freedom was a real eye-opener for me.   I have a great respect for these special helpers as they put their selves and their families in danger every day and yet, they continued.    Add in the romance between Anja and one of the soldiers she saves, Peter, and this book is truly remarkable.    I was given a paperback copy of this book by The Book Club Network and a pdf copy by netgalley.    
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
Having read the first book of Anna's Peacemaker Series, I was looking forward to reading Simple Faith to find out more about the quiet of the land who did their part to fight against the atrocious terror reigning Europe during the World War II. I was not disappointed! Anna wrote this book with the same attention to detail that she did in the first book. My heart beat with adrenaline as danger was ever near, and still Anja carried on with her undercover work together with her colleagues. I felt the stress on her shoulders as she struggled to help her grandparents and fellow men, and still kept her son safe. But I also felt the joy as they reached safety, as Daniel brought her a bouquet of flowers. I had to wonder as I was reading this, would I, or will I have the faith and courage to do even a small part of what Anja was involved with if the need arises? I trust I would be. I received this book free from Fred at The Book Club Network and Barbour Publishing in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own. 
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Anna Schmidt has outdone herself with Simple Faith, the second novel in her series, ‘The Peacekeepers’! It can be read as a stand-alone book without having read the first book, All God’s Children. Until now I was most familiar with her excellent ‘Celery Fields’ series. In Simple Faith she demonstrates an incredible eye for research and rich detail in this outstanding story of what ordinary people of faith did as they followed the leading of their Lord through the destruction and terror of Hitler’s rule in 1940’s Europe. This reader was completely drawn into the setting depicted by Anna Schmidt; I felt as if I were part of the action! And I now greatly admire the faith of the Quakers who inspired the characters of Anja, her grandparents and friends and their activities. Simple Faith opens to the explosion and crash of an American plane shot down by Nazis near the farm belonging to Anja’s grandparents, where she and her young son Daniel called home. Nazis quickly surrounded the burning wreckage to capture any airmen who might still be alive. Peter Trent, one of the injured American airmen who parachuted from the plane as it went down, dragged himself as far away as he could, to a ditch on the farm. Anja assisted with Peter’s medical care as Peter’s escape from enemy territory was planned. There was something different, however, about Peter that Anja had not noticed with the rest of the troops she had helped, an attraction that couldn’t be explained. An attraction that she had no time to consider during this time of her life. And even though it wasn’t part of her plan, she had to help this man on the treacherous trail to freedom that took her further from the farm, and her family as the Gestapo’s men pursued them across Europe. A veteran escapee of a death camp, Anja attempted to live an obscure life befitting her Quaker faith as a nurse during the week. By weekend and often by night, she was a secret operative of those who helped airmen of the Allied troops escape from enemy territory to return to their country’s service. These elaborately designed avenues of escape were not unlike the Underground Railroad that helped African American slaves in 1800’s America, and those who helped the Allied troops escape faced if apprehended, torture and death at the hand of the Nazi’s. This reader found the book nearly impossible to put down! It is hard to imagine the lifestyle of one dedicated to helping people to freedom from the Nazi regime, especially of one who had already been in a death camp. The physical stamina alone would be daunting – and the spiritual strength tremendous! It would require a uniquely gifted, determined, and impassioned person who could think quickly on their feet, plan and make changes to those plans without notice. It also required a kind of acceptance that postponed one’s own emotions until such a time – if any – that it was safe to let those emotions out, and a persevering faith in God. I tried to imagine throughout the book - could I have done so, in that position? It is with deepest admiration and respect that I consider those men and women who actually did help many men and women to freedom through war-torn Europe! It is with great admiration for Anna Schmidt, also, that I highly recommend this incredible book. I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Bunagirl More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the first book in series so bought this one. So interested in historical events incorporated I researched them. Looking forward to reading more by this author.