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All God's Children (Peacemakers Book 1) by [Schmidt, Anna]
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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: 2543 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E63N5RC
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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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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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By Iola on September 5, 2013
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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Format: Paperback
Title: All God's Children
Author: Anna Schmidt
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-62029-140-5

"Besides I was raised to believe that the inner Light that guides us all dwells in every person. We have only to be still and wait, and eventually God will show us the way," Beth explains to Josef in Anna Schmidt's novel, "All God's Children."

The first book in the Peacemakers' series, this three hundred and twenty page paperback is targeted toward readers who enjoy historical fiction involving World War Two in Germany, especially related to Quakers or the White Rose, an underground group that denounced Hitler. With no profanity or sexual scenes, there is some minor violence.

In this war tome, it is 1942 and American born German Beth Bridgewater has been living in Munich for eight years. Being a Quaker, she feels it is necessary to stay in Germany to help her ailing aunt and professor uncle take care of their eight year old daughter while war erupts in the Nazi-based city.

When her uncle offers the handsome Josef Buch, a medical student at the nearby university, room and board in their apartment attic, she is captivated yet wary of the patriotic man whose father is a high-ranking Gestapo official.

Being brought up to have silent prayer time to seek the consensus of the inner Light's guidance, the family of Friends tries to decipher how to passively protect their country. While her uncle and Josef choose helping the White Rose nonviolent resistance, she wants to help all God's children escape from the everyday terrors of wartime life.
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