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.
The Outcast By Jolina Petersheim is suppose to be a modern retelling of the Scarlet Letter and I believe it is just that. The story is wrote from Rachel’s perspective as well as a recently deceased bishop, Amos. Although it might be a bit confusing, I feel as if it fit the story very well coming from two different perspectives.
A real page turner, I felt as if I was able to see what was happening in the book right before my very eyes. Not too short or too long, I can honestly say I enjoyed this book very much. It was definitely a twist from the Scarlett Letter, but it was just as, if not more enjoyable to read. I enjoyed reading this book and will definitely be making a spot on my bookshelf for it.