Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Mother's Promise By Anna Schmidt

After her husband’s sudden death, Mennonite Rachel Kaufman has promised her son, Justin, a fresh start. Will Florida be the balm to heal their gaping wounds? Dr. Ben Booker stopped trusting God when his niece became ill. Is Rachel just what the Great Physician ordered to restore Ben’s faith? As thirteen-year-old Justin struggles in his new environs, to what lengths will he go to reestablish a sense of control over his life? When a jealous coworker begins spreading malicious gossip, Rachel’s career is jeopardized. Is her faith enough to see her through?
You must pick up a copy of this book

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.

* Anna's website and contest at www.booksbyanna.com
* Anna's Blog at www.booksbyanna.wordpress.com

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.

I have to say I LOVED this book. Anna is one of the top authors that writes about the Mennonites. She really writes with truth and heart. She makes the plain people part of your life.
I can tell you when open up this book you will not be able to put it down!
I loved all three of the Women of Pinecraft series books. I can not wait to read Anna's next book.
I Highly recommend this book. I give this book 4 stars.
I was given this book as a gift.


  1. This is a new to me author but after this review, I plan to get to know Anna and the rest of her books. It sounds like he puts a lot of heart in this book. Just added it to my to be read list.

    Thank you Mary for this great review and introducing me to another new to me author

    Cathy Weber

  2. Great review, Mary!!! I love Anna Schmidt's books. This one sounds really good.

  3. Another GREAT review, as always. I have read some of Anna's books, and they are awesome. Can't wait to read this one!! Keep up the good work!

  4. I love Anna's books! Nice review Mary! This one sounds like a good read!


  5. Good, another Amish book I have been waiting on one. I have read the first two in this series. I must read this one also in the next few weeks.

  6. Nice review, I like the Amish books.

  7. I am so happy today Mary, I am a big fan of Anna's so this is a must read for me.

    1. Bonnie, You are the WINNER! E-mail me your mailing address themaryreader@yahoo.com

  8. would love, love, love to read this book! I always depend on your reviews Mary as to whether I would like to read a book. Many thanks!

  9. A new author to me. I'd be happy to win this book.
    Your reviews are always so good, Mary

  10. Mary, she sounds like a fantastic lady. I would love to read one of her books. Hope I might win this. If not, can look at our Library and see if they have it. They don't have too many authors of these kinds of books yet. Thanks for the great review. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  11. I haven't had the pleasure of reading Anna's books, but after your wonderful review she will be added to my list of "to read" authors. Thanks for another great recommendation, Mary!

  12. Great Review, I have read some of her books and love her writing as well, but, I have not read this one, yet. Thanks for another contest of another great writer.

  13. You keep giving me new books to add to my to be read list ! This sounds like another great book

  14. Thanks. I love learning about new authors. It is hard to know who to try, if you don't know their writing style.

  15. Think you got the problem with the Google account. It wasn'tthem, it was me...lol
    I love the review and really hoping to be the lucky person to win this book.

  16. Thank you for another great review. Terri Clark Terrilea@yahoo.com

  17. I have a few books by this author and am looking forward to reading them. However I don't have this one. As always thank you for the wonderful review and introduction to Anna. Blessings and good luck to all who enter. Susan Fryman susanngarrylee@yahoo.com

  18. Great review Mary.I love her books.Looking forward to reading this one.Thanks...jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

  19. Book review is great. I have not read Anna's books yet. But want too. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  20. Looks like another good read !! Blessings Dana "Girl"