Good morning, dear friends!
Need a good book to read, one that will hold you in complete captivation?
The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim will not disappoint
and will have you eagerly reading in anticipation for the unfolding tale of each character.
About The Outcast
Rachel Sotlzfus is a young mother from an Old Order Mennonite community.
She is unmarried and refuses to name the man who fathered her child.
The community begins to shun Rachel leaving her alone, angry, and hurt.
Eventually her brother-in-law, Tobias King, who is also the bishop
threatens to reveal Rachel’s dark secret if she does not leave
so she is forced to walk away from the community and those she loves.
But Rachel is not the only one hiding secrets, the bishop has a few of his own
and they are eating away at his conscience and his very soul.
Judah King, Tobias’ brother, knows he is hiding something when he says,
“Bishops aren't supposed to lie, Tobias,
and this is the third lie you’ve told in the past five minutes...
Then again, I guess it’s fitting: you should be allowed to tell as many lies as you want,
considering your life itself is one.”
Now the life of Rachel’s son is at stake and choices must be made
that will bring the darkness to light and nothing will be the same.
This book had me sitting on the edge of my seat with intrigue.
I couldn't turn the pages quick enough to read the secretive stories
of The Outcast characters.
From the first page of this book I was caught up in the world of Rachel,
a young mother carrying a dark secret in her heart so that she can protect the ones she loves,
and Tobias, a man caught up in self-righteousness, anger, and soul-eating bitterness.
As I moved along in the book I could almost feel the emotions emanating from the characters:
sorrow, bitterness, forgiveness, hope, love.
Many times my heart ached for Rachel and the trials she was facing
and there were times I wished I could shake some sense and compassion into Tobias.
The book had many twists and turns that were very unsuspecting.
When I thought I was figuring out the direction of the story,
another interesting detail was brought into the picture
leaving me hungry for the grand finale of the book.
The Outcast will leave you with feelings of hope in the power of forgiveness
as you take this healing journey with Rachel and the other characters of the book;
it's never too late for a second chance.
About the Author
Jolina Petersheim holds degrees in English and communication arts
from the University of the Cumberlands.
Though The Outcast is her first novel, her writing has been featured in venues
as varied as radio programs, nonfiction books, and numerous online and print publications.
Her blog is syndicated with the Tennessean's "On Nashville" blog roll,
as well as being featured on other creative-writing sites.
Jolina and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage
that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania,
but now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their young daughter.
Follow Jolina and her blog at www.jolinapetersheim.com
** I was provided a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers
in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. **