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A Stranger's Gift (Women of Pinecraft #1)

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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  197 ratings  ·  28 reviews
You’ll be swept away by the endearing characters created by award-winning author Anna Schmidt. On the heels of a horrific hurricane, Hester Detlef, field director for the Mennonite Disaster Service, blows into the life of self-made, shunned Amish man John Hafner. Will she find a way through his shield and into his heart? Although the hurricane has left John homeless and ba ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Barbour Books
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Wilani Wahl
An enjoyable read. Having visited Pinecraft two months ago. It was so fun reading a book where I could picture things so vividly. The author captured that feel perfectly. I cannot wait to begin reading the next book in this series.
Janet C.
Hester Detlef, a local Mennonite volunteer coordinator for the disaster relief in Pinecraft, Florida, was not like the Old Order Mennonite with limited education. She had a nursing degree.

She had avoided her father's plans to marry Samuel Longbecker.

When a hurricane hits Pinecraft and the surrounding areas, John Steiner is thrown into her path. Both are strong minded, hard workers but grounded with good Christian values.

The book seems to be based on the saying:There is a man who is on the roof
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Judy
A Stranger's Gift by Anna Schmidt
Book 1 – The Women of Pinecraft
John Steiner was a loner. He had left his Amish community in Indiana after his mother's death and bought property in Florida. As Hurricane Hester is building up in the area a few people try to get John to leave but he refuses to go to a shelter and leave the home he has spent so much time and money fixing up. After the hurricane hits and his property is in dire need of help, he refuses the Mennonite disaster crews and anyone else wh
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Jac (For Love and Books)
I really wanted to love this book! It sounded great, and I normally really enjoy the Amish books! (I think it may have something to do with the idea that I have such an obsession with electronics and can't leave the house without my iPad and my Cell Phone! So it's nice to imagine the polar opposite! At least that's the excuse I give.) Of course, this is actually a Mennonite book, involving a shunned Amish man, so there's a bit of a difference.



I loved the story of the hurricane, and the unusual
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Marianne
A Stranger’s Gift
A beautifully written story of the plain people in the Pinecraft/Sarasota area and how they all join hands, regardless of church affiliation to help each other and their neighbours during and after a hurricane. Anna Schmidt cleverly uses words to draw you into each of the characters lives. I feel as if i have seen the aftermath of disaster, and understand in part the workings of the different organizations that lend helping hands. I felt the frustration of people flocking to the
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Sandra "Jeanz"

After a horrific hurricane, Hester Detlef who is the field director for the Mennonite Disaster Service, blows into the life of self-made, shunned Amish man John Hafner. Will Hester find a way through his shield and into John's heart? Although the hurricane has left John homeless and badly injured, the last thing he wants is some do-gooder, busy-body Mennonite woman intruding in his life. Will John's impatience with Hester's intention of restoring his faith and property keep him from accepting th
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Ruth
I read the book the weekend of Tropical Storm Lee, which also happened to be close to the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, so it fit right in with what was happening. We watch Hester prepare for the Hurricane and then help people get back on their feet afterwards. We see politicians come in, including John's aunt, who is in Congress. I liked it when she said that coming in for photo ops is what politicians do "when the media pushes our buttons and we don't know what else to do" (remember this i ...more
Rhonda
A Stranger's Gift by Anna Schmidt
5 STARS
It makes me want to go help more or at least get out and make a goal again to make at least 52 hats this year for those in need. I enjoyed reading this book to start the new year.
John Steiner has spent the last two years since he moved to Florida fixing up the old house,orchards,gardens and packing warehouse. He wants to be alone and self sustaining on his land. He is Amish but left his church and state when they shunned him.
Two different people came an
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Tammy
Hester Detweiler lived in Pinecraft, an Amish and Mennonite community in Sarasota, Florida. Her father, Arlen, was the pastor of a Mennonite church in town. She had cared for her mother five years before she passed away. She was different than a lot of Mennonite woman. She went to nursing school. She was over thirty and not married. She was headstrong and even a little bossy when things needed to get done.

Hester was the lead volunteer for MCC, the Mennonite Central Committee. The MCC helped with
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Abbie
3.5 Stars


Hester loves helping people and is the lead person in her area for MCC. She dedicates hours and hours to this and because of this she is still single. Her father hopes she will settle down with Samuel a local carpenter. Yet she fears if she does get married she will not be able to continue the work she does. The book opens with a strong hurricane heading for her area and she is hard at working preparing. She is asked to check on a hermit who used to be Amish. He is refusing to leave hi
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Iola
You will have heard the old joke about the guy who is on the roof of his house during a flood or hurricane, and his neighbour comes along in a rowboat to rescue him. ‘No, God will rescue me,’ the man says. Next come a crew in a speedboat, but again he says ‘No, God will rescue me’. Finally a helicopter hovers overhead to winch him up, but he sends that away too. So, the guy drowns, goes to heaven and is really upset. He asks God, “why didn’t you rescue me?”, and God says “I sent a rowboat, a spe ...more
pam
Dec 22, 2011 pam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: amish
i did like this book It was a mennonite book. i have not read that many mennonite books but i really enjoyed this one.
It was about Hester she is the head of the mcc which is a organization that helps after a disater happens. she is also a nurse.
there was a hurrican coming and she was trying to get people into shelters this one particular man named john did not want to go he wanted to stay in his house because they have had warnings before and nothing came so he decided to stay. Hester and her
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Julie
Very unique Amish fiction book - very believable. I was truly intrigued by Hester from the very beginning of the book. She carries a lot of baggage as does John. As both work through their baggage alone and with the unwanted help of friends, they find themselves with more in common than they realized. There is a hint of romance, a lot of mystery, much drama, and a smattering of action. This books offers something for everyone!
Maureen Timerman
What an entertaining read! Hester Detweiler is a Mennonite and has embraced the faith of giving. She is no longer young, 33, and is giving her life to helping others. Her Dad, Arlen, is a Pastor at their church, and a woodworker. He has brought Samuel into his business, also as a prospective husband for Hester.
They live in Pinecrest Fl, in an Amish/Mennonite Community, and Hester is working with the MCC. As the story opens their is a devastation Hurricane...Hester...on its way with a direct hit
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Deliasue
A Hurricane named Hester came on shore from the water, and another hurricane Hester came on shore by boat, she was determined to get a man to evacuate his property before the hurricane hit, he stayed and his property was destroyed and he almost lost his life. This is book one of the pinecraft series. Good read.
Sue
STRONG, SIMPLE PEOPLE

I especially like the,reality and believability of the story. Both lead characters showed strong beliefs and feelings, and worked to avoid their feelings but eventually realized that they needed to open their hearts.
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Sue
was ok, a different spin than the usual amish books i read..
Heather
Enjoyable read.
Teresa Craig
It was good. I enjoyed it. Sometimes it lagged a bit, but I would recommend it. It's God-honoring, and that counts alot!
Mom
Aug 16, 2013 Mom rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: amish
I love reading the amish/memonite books - they have such simple lives. It would be wonderful if our country followed some of the things they do - they help and want no payment for the services they render. We need more people helping people in our country. There are probably stories out there about this but the media just doesn't dwell or report about them. The news is usually all negative. Anyway, good book!
Susan
I loved this book. Certainly looking forward to reading the remainder of the series. The journey that John and Hester made toward the next season in their lives was realistic as it unfolded. I also could picture the tale in my mind's eye. The secondary characters were well developed as well. The setting in Pinecraft added appeal as well.
Brenda Wharton
Loved this book about a stubborn Mennonite woman who shares the same name as the hurricane that blows into town. The storm destroys the town, while she works to rebuild the town, her community and herself
Stephanie
A hurricane threatens the Pinecraft community in Florida. Hester helps a displaced Amish man and finds love. Some great Anabaptist accuracy with some small misunderstanding of MCC
Darlene Law
A wonderful story of compassion and unselfish community togetherness. Sometimes it takes a bossy organized woman to get things done.
Susan Carlisle
Memorable. Worth the time to read
Nancy
Loved it!!!!
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Anna Schmidt is the award-winning author of over twenty works of historical and contemporary fiction. A reviewer from Romantic Times notes that “Schmidt is not timid about presenting her characters with their faults laid bare for the reader to see.”
Currently Anna is working on a new series set in WWII Germany with an American Quaker protagonist. The first novel--ALL GOD'S CHILDREN-has already bee
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  • A Mother's Promise (Women of Pinecraft #3)
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