Safe Haven

Anna Schmidt



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Ease of Reading: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7    9  10


Publication Date: 2014

Number of Pages: 316

Series: The Peacemakers-Book 3



Summary on back cover:

Suzanne Randolph's journalism career all but over. . . .


So when she learns the President Roosevelt has invites nearly a thousand European refugees to come to America while WWII still rages across the Atlantic, she's confidant she's found her story. She heads for the shores of Lake Ontario, New York, determined to make her journalistic mark, but is there more to life the restoring her career?


Theo Bridgewater knows God has plans for him. . . .


Throughout the war, Theo has suffered the taunts and the insults of others-first because of his family's German heritage and then because of his pacifist Quaker beliefs. Now his parents have sent him to Oswego to find his uncle, aunt, and cousin, and bring them back to the family farm in Wisconsin. Little does Theo realize the journey will last eighteen long months and the test the faith and resolve of this humble farmer.


And when there's and undeniable spark between Suzanna and Theo, could it be Gods' plan for these two determined individuals to achieve even greater things if they work together?





 “Really?!” is what I always say when I get home from the bookstore and I realize a book is the 2nd or 3rd one in the series. I guess I am so excited about buying that book that I just forget.  To say the least, that happened again. However, I am always looking for new authors to spice up my book routine and I thought I would give Anna Schmidt a try.  I can’t say I was impressed.  From the beginning, I was very confused.  The storyline is about Suzanne Randolph, who is a reporter and Theo Bridgewater, who was sent by his family to convince the authorities to let his aunt and uncle with their child, who are refuges, to stay in America. Plus, the storyline is also about the uncle’s family!  I know exhausting, right?


 Also, you might know that Treo Bridgewater and his family where Quakers.  While reading this book, a few red flags went up about their beliefs, so I did a little research of my own.  From the Encyclopedia Britannica, I quote


“Quakers worship by gathering together in whatever place was available for periods of group silence. During the silence, the faithful attentively wait upon the Lord to exercise his power upon their lives; to lay on them “the burden of the world’s suffering” and their responsibility to respond to it. Anyone who felt he or she had been given a message during the silence could speak at the meeting.”


Now, I might be stepping on some toes here, but I believe God speaks to us through his word, the Bible.   You can take whatever you want out of that quote so I’ll move on.


One thing that really bothered me was the way Anna Schmidt told the reader what the characters were wearing. At one point, she described Theo as wearing “cotton-short sleeved shirt, jeans, and a baseball cap”. Sounds like something men today would wear.  Maybe not, I didn’t do much research on that, but the point is that you and I might picture someone in the ‘40s a little bit differently.  To wind this all down, this is probably the first and last book that I will read from Anna Schmidt. There all hundreds of good books out there, so I would recommend something different for you to try.


God Bless,



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