WHAT READERS SAY ABOUT ANNA’S STORIES…
"Anna Schmidt has chosen an unusual location to begin a love story: Mineral Point, Wisconsin, 1848, smack in the middle of the lead mines (aka "badger country").
"Fresh off the boat from Cornwall, Dylan Tremaine has two resources when he arrives in Mineral Point: a big, strong body, and a quick, clever brain. He's going to get rich no matter what, no matter how. And then he meets, Caitlin Pearce, a school marm with a rich, influential father and an independent streak so strong that the town accepts her choice not to marry. On a bet he can get her to go on a date with him, Dylan pursues her under the pretense he needs to learn to read.
"Watching Dylan and Caitlin fall in love and battle over who is boss makes the story fly along. There are hitches, of course. And misunderstandings. And promises. And ruses. And, then there's the Gold Rush. I smile just remembering these wonderful characters."
~ A.Y. Stratton, author of BURIED HEART
A MOTHER'S PROMISE
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
A GROOM FOR GRETA
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!!!!
A SISTER'S FORGIVENESS
I'm so glad I read this novel. It was a deeper read than a lot of the Christian fiction I've read lately, and I really liked that. This novel wasn't afraid to hit on some heavier topics in a meaningful way. Excellent read.
- Danica Page
Anna Schmidt takes us back to Pinecraft, Fl and her Women of Pinecraft series with this compelling novel set in this Mennonite community. It's a story about love of family, dealing with death and anger and finding forgiveness. It's about learning to seek forgiveness from others and to give forgiveness. In Tessa's journal she questions what mercy is and asks if that is what forgiveness is really all about. Your heart will be blessed by A SISTER'S FORGIVENESS.
Reviewed by Viki Ferrell
This book kept me riveted throughout. I can’t imagine anything so horrible happening to a family as what this family faced. I don’t know how anyone could completely get over what happened but I guess if anyone could it would be someone of the Amish or Mennonite faith. They inspire me and make me want to be a better person/Christian. I do believe Anna Schmidt is one of my new favorite authors. Her books differ in style and content than most others in the Christian genre that I read. Redemption is a strong element and the characters dwell on things other than romance. These characters face real-life problems and struggles. I recommend this series, The Women of Pinecraft). http://thefriendlybooknook.com/2012/04/05/a-sisters-forgiveness-by-anna-schmidt-women-of-pinecraft/
Schmidt's descriptions are so real and raw that you can empathize with the character's emotions.
- Leslie L. McKee RT Book Review
A STRANGER'S GIFT
What an entertaining read! Hester Detweiler is a Mennonite and has embraced the faith of giving. She is no longer young, 33, and is giving her life to helping others. Her Dad, Arlen, is a Pastor at their church, and a woodworker. He has brought Samuel into his business, also as a prospective husband for Hester.
They live in Pinecrest Fl, in an Amish/Mennonite Community, and Hester is working with the MCC. As the story opens their is a devastation Hurricane...Hester...on its way with a direct hit of their area.
There is a banned Amishman, living a secluded life nearby. Hester is sent to see if she can get John Steiner to leave.
This is a story of forgiveness, and rebuilding, and following God's Will.
A very enjoyable read!
- Maureen - Amazon.com
A beautifully written story of the plain people in the Pinecraft/Sarasota area and how they all join hands, regardless of church affiliation to help each other and their neighbours during and after a hurricane. Anna Schmidt cleverly uses words to draw you into each of the characters lives. I feel as if i have seen the aftermath of disaster, and understand in part the workings of the different organizations that lend helping hands. I felt the frustration of people flocking to the area to help in the first few hours, then leaving them to struggle on alone. I chuckled as Hester tangled horns with Olive (aptly named) and wept with Rosalyn in her disappointments.
Anna is a very skilled author and I am looking forward to her next book in the Women of Pinecraft series which is due out in May 2012. I am happy to hear that it continues the story of two of Hester's best friends, but felt that this story ended well in that it did not leave the reader hanging...wondering what happened next. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and would recommend this to any one who love reading about the plain people. This is not a story about the Amish.
- Marianne - Amazon.com
Hopefully her first of many Amish stories! July 17, 2011
This is a darling story but certainly a little off the normal Amish story line
Great Story! July 11, 2011
This is a wonderful story. I have started reading Amish Fiction and this was #16. I love how the characters grow and that the unexpected does pop up. I hope to see another Hannah book coming soon
A CONVENIENT WIFE
SO GOOD! July 5, 2010
This book was fantastic! The story flowed beautifully, the characters were fleshed-out and believable, and the writing was incredible! The author was able to tell her story by "showing and not telling." I read a TON of Christian fiction, and this is definitely in my Top 10 Favorites.
this is a delightful book, focusing on the personalities of the characters and on their feelings.
i loved the reality of this book. the characters' feelings, actions and words were so real, i felt as if i was there with them, experiencing the same things as they. the excellent historical details also helped, of course.
Great book, enjoyed it to the end. February 10, 2010
Love the book, Anna Schmidt did a lovely job of pulling the story line together, would definitely read more of her books. I just finished it and knew I couldn't go to bed until I did.
It makes you want to live in the time period 1800s even though life was hard, it shows that kindness, love, peace and contentment can still be had in the worst of times. Integrity, honor are still important what ever the century.
Thank you for a wonderful story utilizing an under served era of American and world history.
WHAT REVIEWERS HAVE TO SAY…
Schmidt pens a wonderful love story. The characters are written with their strengths and weaknesses in plain sight. Their beliefs keep them strong and they learn it's OK to question God.
Schmidt is not timid about presenting her characters with their faults laid bare for the reader to see.
Schmidt’s story lets readers into the Amish world and teaches how they live and love.
Schmidt's characters are witty, charming, mysterious and worth getting to know.
Schmidt's top-notch story has a number of interesting characters -- and it's an intriguing look at life on a cranberry farm.
Matchmaker, Matchmaker... (4.5) has a superbly original plot. The combination of political setting with a faith-based way to find love will delight readers. Anna Schmidt's novel is absolutely outstanding.
Anna Schmidt's Seaside Cinderella (4) is reminiscent of the fairy tale. It's a charming, sweet story with a beautiful ending.