The Outsider Author:Penelope Williamson A daughter of the faith - a stranger with a gun - a forbidden love. Throughout the years on her Montana homestead, Rachel Yoder had never been afraid - the creed of the Plain People had been her strength. Then the day came when lawless men killed Rachel's husband in an act of blind greed. Now, at her darkest hour, an outsider wal... more »ks across her meadow and into her life... Johnny Cain is bloody, near death, and armed to the teeth. A man hardened by his violent past, Cain has never known a woman like Rachel - someone who offers him a chance to heal more than his physical wounds. Cain's lazy smile and teasing ways steal Rachel's heart and confound her soul. Soon she must choose between all she holds dear -her faith, her family, perhaps her very salvation- and the man they call the Outsider.« less
I LOVED this book! I read it in only 2 days (before and after work!) and enjoyed every minute of it. I disagree with the review that states the story is too long--it is not. There were moments of laughter and tears throughout--exactly what I look for in a good book--as well as some instances of unexpected horror.
This story of a strong woman "healing" an alpha male included the right amount of romantic tension, complicated peripheral relationships and a truly ruthless, despicable villain.
I was planning to post this book to fulfill someone else's Wish, but alas, I have decided it is a KEEPER.
One of the reviews mentioned the book was made into a movie and I'll be checking that out as soon as possible...
Edgy, Intense Version of "Witness"
This story is an edgier, intense version of "Witness". Rachel struggles with her passion for Johnny and her strict, "Plain" upbringing. I only gave it four and a half stars because I felt that it was about 200 pages too long. There were many places which had too much superfluous information or description that would have been best left out.