Outstanding Debut Novel!
Jolina Petersheim has authored a brilliant debut novel portraying a pregnant, unmarried, Old Order Mennonite girl, and the resultant incriminations and repercussions her condition has elicited from her family and community members. She has been rejected and forsaken for committing adultery, but she refuses to divulge the identification of the man who fathered her unborn child. Sheltered and fostered by a former Mennonite woman, she finds peace and a safe haven. Heartrending events wreak havoc as additional adversities complicate her life. Her faith is shattered and hope is elusive as adversity and anguish besiege her.
The Outcast is written with expertise, proficiency, perception and sensitivity. Drawing from her Mennonite heritage the author has firsthand experience and understanding of her subject matter. Written with sophistication, conviction and discernment, the success of this novel is undeniable. The authenticity of the events throughout this narrative confirm that research and experience are beyond question. Elements of doubting God are replaced with forgiveness, faith, hope and assurance. I highly recommend this eloquently written book of Amish fiction and look forward to many more books by this ingenious new author.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Book Fun through the For Readers Only program, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
February 14, 2014
The Outcast is one of the best recent Amish books I have read. For a first book, Jolina Petersheim is a brilliant author. She is able to keep you on the edge of your seat. It is a book you keep saying, I'll do it after one more chapter, and it just never gets done until the book is done. The story revolves around a girl,Rachel,being shunned by her family and the whole community unless she repents. But in repenting a secret would be revealed that will cause more hurt to the family and community. So Rachel decides to keep the secret. The story incorporates how pride, anger, secrets, forgiveness, bitterness, and misunderstanding can all occur when dealing with guilt. Rachel is helped by Englishers to survive in the English world.
Overall, it is an excellent book. I can't wait to read Jolina's next book The Midwife.
I recieved the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for a honest opinion.
February 2, 2014
By: Jolina Petersheim
You will love this book one of those you start reading and you canÃ¢ÂÂt put it down. I loved the characters the way Jolina wrote them you would think they were real. The story keeps you wanting to read a story of betrayal and tragedy. Will she have the strength to forgive? Think here she is Rachel Stolzfus from a Mennonite family having a child and not being married. Is being shunned by her people. Will forgiveness come through. This is a emotional story. I love how Jolina writes and will look forward to her next book.
January 2, 2014
WOW!!!! I have to start out saying, I don't read Amish fiction. HOWEVER, this book is one of the best that I've read this year. This is a beautiful story of redemption, forgiveness, and true love. The characters and plot draw you in from the very beginning. The characters are very believable and you experience what they are going through. You won't be able to put this book down and it will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. Don't miss this book. I highly recommend it to all readers. I look forward to her next novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion. Many thanks!! tab :)!
December 27, 2013