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The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim
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it was amazing
bookshelves: amish-plain-people, challenges-2014

SUMMARY: 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 is 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.

REVIEW: This complex story filled with in-depth characters and a story line based on The Scarlet Letter kept my attention from beginning to end. I especially liked the role Amos played in giving his perspective from beyond the grave. The twisted relationships between twins Rachel and Leah (quite appropriately named) and brothers Tobias and Judah were well developed. Rough old Ida Mae was a delight and with her background experience played the role of Rachel's mentor/mother very well. The author's medical research regarding Eli's cancer and bone marrow transplant was excellent. I look forward to reading more from Jolina Petersheim.

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Reading Progress

January 22, 2014 – Started Reading
January 22, 2014 – Shelved
January 24, 2014 – Shelved as: amish-plain-people
January 24, 2014 – Finished Reading
December 19, 2014 – Shelved as: challenges-2014

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