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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 works of historical and contemporary fiction including two series set in Florida’s unique Amish/Mennonite Gulf Coast community. Women of Pinecraft is a contemporary series that follows the lives of several women living in Pinecraft, Florida as they face challenges both personal and professional and find their way through life’s challenges to love and faith. Critics continue to applaud the series which includes: A STRANGER’S GIFT, the heartrending A SISTER’S FORGIVENESS as well as the third and final book in the series—A MOTHER’S PROMISE. Anna has also written a historical series set in Florida. AMISH BRIDES OF CELERY FIELDS tells the stories of four women living in the fictional Amish setting of Celery Fields in the 1930’s. The third book in the series: A GROOM FOR GRETA is available now and the 4th and final book in the series—SECOND CHANCE PROPOSAL-- will be available in April, 2013.
Romantic Times has consistently awarded Anna’s novels four stars and notes that “Schmidt is not timid about presenting her characters with their faults laid bare for the reader to see.”
Having survived her own battle with uterine cancer and more recently the death of her beloved husband (and best friend) after an eight-year battle with pulmonary hypertension, Anna has found some solace in blogging about this journey—www.journeytowidowhood.wordpress.com.
In addition to writing, Anna 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!
One of Anna’s favorite pastimes is the chance to hear from and stay in touch with her readers. (Click here to learn how you can receive one of Anna’s handmade bookmarks.)
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Book 3 of Women of Pinecraft
Schmidt has written a delightful book, full of real life issues. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
It is easy to connect with the emotional storyline in the latest Women of Pinecraft story, filled with characters who truly want to help others but are flawed nonetheless. In addition to entertaining the reader, Schmidt also educates them on a number of things (leukemia, bullying and the challenges of being different).
~ Leslie L. McKee, Romantic Times, 4 Stars
Book 3 of Amish Brides of Celery Fields
A charming Amish read.
I wish I could give more stars!! I LOVED this book and can not believe I have not read any others by this author. I plan to rectify this soon. I loved Greta's character so much (maybe because I can relate to her. I feel so much like her. Both good and bad, Lol) The romance was sooo tender and sweet!! I cried at the end :) Happy, happy tears! READ.THIS.BOOK!!!!