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.
Rachel is a single mother to a newborn son, something that is frowned upon in her Old Order Mennonite community. She refuses to name the father, and the bishop (her brother-in-law) asks her to leave the community. She is not the only person in the town with secrets, many of which are revealed in the story.
I thought this was a good book and an interesting retelling of The Scarlet Letter. The story is told from the viewpoint of two people- Rachel and the recently deceased Amos. I'm looking forward to the author's next book.
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!!!!!