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All God's Children (Peacemakers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anna Schmidt
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Book Description

Beth Bridgewater, a German American, finds herself in a nightmare as World War II erupts—a war in which she takes no side, for she is a Quaker pacifist. Just as she gains opportunity to escape Germany, Beth decides to stay to help the helpless. Meanwhile, Josef Buch, a passionately patriot German, is becoming involved in his own secret ways of resisting the Nazis. . . . Despite their differences, Beth and Josef join together in nonviolent resistance—and in love. Does their love stand a chance. . .if they even survive at all?



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In this first installment of the Peacemakers trilogy, Schmidt introduces protagonist Beth Bridgewater. An American Quaker, Beth is a pacifist, as are the aunt and uncle she lives with in Nazi Germany in the early 1940s. Beth's uncle, a professor at the university in Munich, opens up the family's attic room to a former student, Josef Buch. Josef, the son of a high-ranking Gestapo agent, has returned from the front to finish his medical studies, but the family questions his reasons for wanting to live with them. As Uncle Franz and Beth begin to trust Josef, the three become involved in antigovernment covert activities that, while solidifying Beth and Josef's relationship, endanger the entire family. 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. Agent: Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (Sept.)

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In this first installment of the Peacemakers trilogy, Schmidt introduces protagonist Beth Bridgewater. An American Quaker, Beth is a pacifist, as are the aunt and uncle she lives with in Nazi Germany in the early 1940s. Beth's uncle, a professor at the university in Munich, opens up the family's attic room to a former student, Josef Buch. Josef, the son of a high-ranking Gestapo agent, has returned from the front to finish his medical studies, but the family questions his reasons for wanting to live with them. As Uncle Franz and Beth begin to trust Josef, the three become involved in antigovernment covert activities that, while solidifying Beth and Josef's relationship, endanger the entire family. 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. Agent: Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/22/2013
Release date: 09/01/2013
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  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1620291401
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press; 1st edition (August 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E63N5RC
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read September 12, 2013
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book: 1) It was well written, 2) A page turner from the first, and 3) Did a great job blending fiction and nonfiction. I really liked it. I appreciated that there was no language and no sex. A big plus for this book (the last WWII hist-fict book I read... let's just say, I'd rarely recommend it... I'd recommend this book to anybody!).

Didn't care for all the Quaker theology on the Inner Light... people consulting It before moving forward. (shrug) But that is my personal preference.

As one reviewer mentioned, I also thought it strange Beth hadn't left earlier, but... sometimes the way people act doesn't make sense, even in real life. And one just accepts that as part of the story. It surely made it more interesting because she stayed there ;)

I love historical-fiction, and this rates pretty high on my list now.

(I received the copy for free as part of a Goodreads giveaway. This did not bias my opinion at all in either direction.)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing September 5, 2013
By Iola
Format:Kindle Edition
There are advantages and disadvantages to receiving advance copies of books to review. The advantage is free ebooks and the chance to discover and recommend new authors (and new-to-me) authors. The disadvantage is that I only have the book cover and publisher's blurb on which to base my decision: I don't have the opportunity to browse the first few pages and decide if it's going to be something I'll enjoy.

I was attracted by the blurb to All God's Children:

As World War II erupts, Beth Bridgewater, a Quaker pacifist, and Josef Buch, a passionate German Patriot, join together in nonviolent resistance of the Nazis--and in love. Does their love stand a chance in the midst of such evil. . .if they even survive at all?

"As World War II erupts ...". England declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939, after Germany's invasion of Poland. This was followed by Germany's stampede across Western Europe, invading neutral Holland before driving the retreating Allied forces into the sea at Dunkirk. Hitler then turned his attentions to Crete, Russia and Africa before the Americans finally joined the fight after the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

Yet All God's Children opens in Munich, Germany, in July 1942, almost three years after the outbreak of war (which the German Quaker meeting had predicted ). Then why had Beth not returned home to American in 1939? She originally arrived in Germany in 1934 to care for her young cousin, as her aunt was too frail after the birth. Apparently, she was still too frail in 1939, and is not yet recovered when the story opens in 1942. I just wanted to shake Beth's aunt and uncle for their self-centredness (in contrast to their stated Quaker beliefs) and for their complete lack of attention to national events.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great christian read November 6, 2013
By Jerron
Format:Paperback
Anna Schmidt has a strong writing style and I enjoyed this book very much. I hope to read the rest of the books in the trilogy. I had no idea that the Religious Society of Friends existed or were Quakers who rescued many Germans during the war with Germany.
Beth, one of the main characters is a Quaker activist. Her passion is helping other people to the extent that she puts her on life in peril. She lives with her Aunt and Uncle in Munich. She is a Godly woman.
Josef another main character is a patriotic German putting his faith in his country. He is also a medical student. His father is a high ranking government official in the Gestapo.
I would suggest you read their story; how they helped each other, helped other people and the romance between them.
There is drama, suspense, danger, strength and romance in this novel.
Even though this is a fictional story, I learned more about how horrible the people especially the Jews were treated.
A good Christian read.

I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.

Review posted by Donna McGinnis
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All God's Children November 10, 2013
Format:Paperback
This is the first in a series dealing with a resistance movement during WWII in Germany called the White Rose. The other two books in the series are titled, Simple Faith, due to be released in the spring of 2014 and Safe Haven, which has no release date yet. This first novel is begins in the fall/winter of 1942.
Beth Bridgewater has been living in Munich, Germany for the last eight years, helping her anxiety-ridden frail aunt raise her 8-year-old daughter. Beth is an American citizen, but she is without her visa papers and therefore in constant danger of being arrested. Her uncle teaches at the nearby university. Beth, her aunt and uncle are Quakers and under suspicion by Germans loyal to Hitler due to their pacifist stance. Uncle Franz invites a former student, Josef Buch, a doctor, to live with them temporarily while he continues his studies. He is also a member of the German army, so Beth and her aunt are very uncomfortable having him in their home. Soon Beth and Franz begin to trust Josef. Beth seems to always impulsively befriend those in need without thinking of the repercussions to her and others.
Josef Buch admires Beth from afar and knows a relationship between them is not possible, but he can’t help his feelings for her. Does she feel the same? He knows his being a soldier makes her uncomfortable, but is gladdened when she shows some signs of trusting him. He is living with his former professor as he can’t live at home with his parents. His father is a high-ranking member of the Gestapo and Josef is at odds with how the Gestapo is running the country. Josef is to Germany, not necessarily Hitler and certainly opposes his racial extermination policies.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed reading this novel. it was good reading.
Published 11 days ago by CaveWoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
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2.0 out of 5 stars stressful
Beth acts on her beliefs without regard for safety so the book became so stressful I had to stop halfway through. I'm not sure she was following God or her noble beliefs.
Published 1 month ago by Josephine
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting Christian WWII novel.
This is a wonderful exploration of how the Quakers handle themselves during very difficult times. I had no idea how this unique group of people worship and how they work as a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debora Wilder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Really enjoyed this book. Joseph is one of my favorite characters who loved his country but not the Nazi party. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Schuett
5.0 out of 5 stars All God's Children
I did not want to put this book down! I just wanted to keep reading to see if Beth and Josef made it to freedom. Read more
Published 1 month ago by grannycamper
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the book and ordered book two immediately
I loved the book and ordered book two immediately. The book is fiction but is very realistic when compared to first hand accounts I have read.
Published 2 months ago by Christel I Jorgensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
I enjoyed this book very much. It kept me interested all the way through. Learning something about history is wonderful while you're reading something this good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Von Hendrickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great! Thanks!
Published 2 months ago by Janet A Pollard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book.
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Anna has three times been a finalist for the coveted RITA award for romance fiction and has twice before been recognized by Romantic Times magazine with their Reviewer's Choice Award.

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In addition she was named a Rising Star finalist and award winner in 2000, and in 2005 she tried her hand at screenwriting. That first screenplay made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the coveted Don & Gee Nicholl Screenwriting Competition sponsored by the Academy of Arts and Sciences. (Yep, those are the folks who hand out those little gold statues called Oscar every year!) "My father ran a movie theater when I was growing up and my masters degree is in theater arts. When I write, I do tend to think in terms of my characters being 'onstage' - for me it's as much a visual process as a cerebral one."

Critics have called Anna 'a natural writer, spinning tales reminiscent of old favorites like Miracle on 34th Street.' Her characters have been called 'realistic' and 'endearing' and one reviewer raved, "I love Anna Schmidt's style of writing!"

Having survived her own battle with uterine cancer and discovered wellsprings of compassion and caring she never knew she possessed when family members and friends faced their own health challenges, Anna often draws on the questions she has faced in her own life in creating her characters. Readers regularly write to Anna to let her know that a character's story touched them on such a personal level that it was as if Anna understood what they were going through in their own lives.

"But you can't come up with believable stories if you have no life beyond writing," Anna admits. She likes to dabble in crafts - weaving, creating handmade books and notecards, and a little knitting. "We are talking straight knitting - row after row of beautiful yarn is very very soothing for me!" The rows of straight therapeutic knitting do eventually have a purpose -- Anna makes them into prayer shawls for hospice patients.

In addition she 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! (Click here to learn how you can receive one of Anna's handmade bookmarks.)

One of Anna's favorite pastimes is the chance to hear from and stay in touch with her readers.

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