The Outcast Author:Jolina Petersheim Raised in an Old Order Mennonite community, Rachel Stoltzfus is a strong-willed single woman, content living apart from mainstream society until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Refusing to repent and name the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is shunned by those she loves most. She i... more »s eventually coerced into leaving by her brother-in-law, the bishop.
But secrets run deep in this cloistered community, and the bishop is hiding some of his own, threatening his conscience and his very soul. When the life of Rachel’s baby is at stake, however, choices must be made that will bring the darkness to light, forever changing the lives of those who call Copper Creek home.« less
Excellent read. I am not normally a fan of this genre (the Mennonite/Amish) so I was reluctant to read it. But it made me cry and moved me to anger on behalf of the characters...that alone makes this an excellent book. It deals with a host of issues and is incredibly well written!
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A modern retelling of the Scarlet Letter, but with a fantastic twist. It isn't just modern it takes the story into a community where sex out of wedlock is a major no no, so it heightens the story to the next level. The author made a perfect twist of fate into the story to allow for the father of this child to have to come out in the public and own up to his part of the whole fiasco.
This story was different from the Amish stories I've read before. Rachel Stoltzfus, had to endure so much just from one mistake. I was shocked when I read the father of her child was still apart of the Old Order Mennonite Community. Rachel endured so much from this community, even while her baby's life was at stake. I really enjoyed this story!!!!!