Safe Haven, Peacemakers Series #3   -     By: Anna Schmidt
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Safe Haven, Peacemakers Series #3

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When journalist Suzanne Randolph hears about FDR's plan to bring a boatload of displaced WWII refugees to America, she knows it may be her last chance to redeem her flagging career. Suzanne follows the story to Oswego, New York, where she meets Theo Bridgewater, a Quaker dairy farmer from Wisconsin who has come to reunite with his uncle and aunt and cousin. Theo's fight to spare his relatives the return to Germany becomes Suzanne's fight as she does everything that the "power of the pen" can muster to help win public sympathy for the cause.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1620291428
ISBN-13: 9781620291429
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Series: The Peacemakers

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When journalist Suzanne Randolph hears about FDR’s plan to bring a boatload of displaced WWII refugees to America, she knows it may be her last chance to redeem her flagging career. Suzanne follows the story to Oswego, New York, where she meets Theo Bridgewater, a Quaker dairy farmer from Wisconsin who has come to reunite with his uncle and aunt and cousin. Theo’s fight to spare his relatives the return to Germany becomes Suzanne’s fight as she does everything that the “power of the pen” can muster to help win public sympathy for the cause.

Author Bio

Anna Schmidt is the author of over twenty works of fiction. Among her many honors, Anna is the recipient of Romantic Times’ Reviewer’s Choice Award and a finalist for the RITA award for romantic fiction. She enjoys gardening and collecting seashells at her winter home in Florida.

Editorial Reviews

Safe Haven is an incredibly moving story that explores a unique take on the popular World War II genre. I did not know about the displaced refugees that were brought to America towards the end of the war so I found that angle completely fascinating. And what a backdrop it makes as Schmidt weaves diverse tales of survival and hope among a cast of fascinating characters. At the forefront, Theo and Suzanne's friendship and eventual romance are the common thread that weave it all together. I became invested in their stories from the very first chapter. A compelling, stirring read that showcases the resiliency of humanity after the onslaught of despair. Truly remarkable.

Anna has woven history into her story so seamlessly, you feel you are reading an historical account of actual events, or maybe a biography. There is nothing formulaic in Anna's writing, her characters are believable and real, and her events match up with the history of the era. The friendship between Suzanne and Theo builds into love and becomes something very beautiful even with some ups and downs.

Schmidt's third book in the Peacemakers series is just as powerfully written as the first two installments. The prose style is masterful, and you'll get swept up in the sorrows and joys each character faces. Recurring characters' stories are intricately woven together to form a superbly intriguing tale.

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  1. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical fiction you will love!
    November 16, 2014
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Safe Haven

    The Peacemakers 3

    By Anna Schmidt

    Suzanne Randolph made a mistake and her career is the causality. But she has a chance to resurrect both her career and her dream. Just under 1000 displaced refugees are being brought to America as guests of the President. But these guests are confined to a camp in Oswego, New York, and they will be sent back to wherever they came from when the war ends.

    Suzanne needs to find the story. The story that will make the difference in the lives of these people who have lost everything. The story that will erase her mistake. The story that will make her career. And meeting Theo Bridgewater just might be the story she's looking for - his aunt, uncle, and young cousin are three of these displaced people who have no future until the war's end.

    But there is more to Oswego than Suzanne expected and she just might rediscover the Light that was once the focus and center of her life. And maybe she'll find the peace she once had.

    Safe Haven is the perfect conclusion to the Peacemakers series. Unlike the first two books, this book is set entirely in America and not Europe. The war in Europe is drawing to a close and we are able to discover the fate of Joseph and Beth; Ilse, Franz, and Liesl; and Detlef Buch.

    Taking place over a little more than a year we discover little known facts about life in America for both the few displaced persons who managed to be allowed entry into the country and even the fate of POWs who were brought here. This is Historical fiction that will touch you and leave with a thirst to discover more about this troubled and turbulent time that left a mark on the world.

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Shiloh Run Press through BookFun/TBCN in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding Book!!!!!!!
    November 14, 2014
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Safe Haven is the third book in the Peacemakers series. It can be read as a stand-alone but is best enjoyed when read as a series. The book is set in WWII. The book is well-written, interesting, setting is extensive, and the history is informative. There is suspense, romance, family, love, relationships, and hardships. Overall, I enjoyed the series tremendously.

    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  3. Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    History Brought to Life
    September 9, 2014
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Safe Haven, the third book in the Peacemakers Series, was an enjoyable story from cover to cover. It depicts the tale of the refugees coming from Europe to New Yorks Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Center at the end of World War II.

    Suzanne Randolph has done her best to make a career in writing but a misjudgment in character has created a major hindrance in the advancement of her career. With a chance to tell the story of the refugees in Fort Ontario, Suzanne travels to New York and finds not only a powerful story, but an unexpected possibility at true love.

    Theo Bridgewater has been raised in the Quaker faith, and peace is what he aims for. When he is told he has family arriving at Fort Ontario from Europe, he travels there to welcome them. He meets Suzanne at the boardinghouse and is taken by her strength and ambition, as well as her compassion.

    Ilse and her family have seen horrors in Germany and the reprieve to America is what they need to recuperate. Although the accommodations are not fancy, they are so much better than what Ilses family has endured. In a quote from the book, Ilses thoughts are captured as the family waits with their baggage to be registered for Fort Ontario. She is looking at the tag that they are required to wear which says U.S. Army Casual Baggage imprinted on it as if they were no different from the cardboard suitcases and paper bags that held their belongings Isle thinks, when one is an outcast, she thought, one has no other identity (pg. 34).

    In the fort, the refugees are provided shelter, food and necessities. There is no lack of people but even within the fort, groups separate for various reasons. Homesickness is rampant for Ilse even though shes not sure what will be left of the home she knew in Munich. It occurred to Isle that in this place it was impossible to be alone. But to be drowning in loneliness was something altogether different. (pg. 113)

    I especially enjoyed a portion in the story where Americans see the fort as being less than hospitable for the people living there. The refugees are given hand me downs from charitable organizations as many have arrived with little or nothing including shoes and coats. In the fort, Ilse notes that there is fresh milk at every meal and real bread; simple delights that she has not been afforded in such a long time. I loved the contrast between the two views because it showed such a powerful representation of one group giving their leftovers and the group of recipients being so grateful for those same leftovers.

    Ms. Schmidt does an excellent job of describing the not-so-welcoming attitudes of the Americans as well. There were far too many who held Anti-Semitism and ignorant prejudices in their beliefs and were unkind to the refugees. Little Liesl explains to Suzanne about the kids at school teasing her and being mean to her because of German decent. Liesl tells her, Theo told me that sometimes you just have to explain things so peoples questions get answered and then theyll be fine (pg. 131).

    Safe Haven does a fantastic job of teaching historical facts while incorporating a beautiful story of friendship, love, healing and new beginnings. This book is one I absolutely recommend.

    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  4. Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a great historical fiction novel
    September 3, 2014
    Donna
    Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the third and final book in the Peacemakers series. In each book Anna Schmidt has written a powerful and amazing story of the refugees uprooted by the war, the help they were given, the freedom they sought, the dangers and persecution they have endured and so much more. I have now read all three books and loved each one. She has written strong characters that draw you to each one as you journey with them during this time in history. Although I hate to see the series end Safe Haven has an amazing ending. Anna has done a great job with the historical facts that she has researched and used in the book.

    Set in 1944 during World War II President Roosevelt has invited a small group of refugees to come to America to stay at Fort Ontario's Emergency Refugee Center located in Oswego, New York where they will be safe and free from persecution. But will they really be free? They have signed an agreement that they will return to their homes when the war ends. What is left there for them to return to? Will they all want to return?

    Upon his parents request Theo Bridgewater a Quaker and farmer travels to Oswego to meet his Aunt, Uncle and Cousin when they arrive in New York and bring them home to Wisconsin. He soon realizes that this will not be a quick and easy process. It Will take more time than he thought and test his faith and and that of his refugee family.

    Suzanne Randolph a journalist has made some bad mistakes, trusted the wrong person and has placed her career in jeopardy, When she hears of the arrival of the refugees she heads for Oswego to write their story hoping to salvage her career.

    She and Theo meet and are drawn together and are determined to help keep the refugees in America rather than being sent back to a country that has been ravaged by the war.

    Will there be a relationship between Theo and Suzanne beyond helping the refugees? What happens to the refugees after the war ends?

    A wonderful book to read. A real page turner you won't want to put down. If you like historical fiction you will love this book.

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

  5. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Learn history while reading great fiction
    August 29, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really like this series by Schmidt. I have learned so much about WW II, while at the same time enjoying well written novels.

    In this, the third in the series, FDR has arranged for nearly one thousand WW II refugees to come to America. Included in the group are some of those from previous novels. The main characters in this one are Suzanne, a journalist who needs to redeem her career, and Theo, a Quaker dairy farmer from Wisconsin and relative to one of the refugees.

    This is a great continuation of the story. The refugees, many of them Jews who have escaped from concentration camps, were placed in a camp near Oswego, NY. Many locals were sympathetic to the needs of the refugees while some were suspicious and exhibited anti-Semitic feelings. The director of the camp wanted to see to the immediate needs of the refugees but also help them to prepare psychologically for life after the war. The refugees had signed an agreement to return to Europe when the war was over but that became a political issue as many wanted to stay.

    I love it when I learn some history as I read a historical novel. And that is the case here. The Fort Ontario Refugee Shelter, also known as Safe Haven, was the only refugee center established in the U. S. during WW II. Schmidt has crafted an excellent novel based on these historical facts. We readers get to experience the anxiety of the refugees, their hesitation at being in a foreign country, and their celebration when the war was over.

    To add interest and a framework for the historical narrative, Schmidt has added an investigative reporter, a bossy congressman, a wonderful Quaker farmer, and other well developed characters. This is a very good WW II novel and is part of a very good WW II series. I highly recommend it.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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