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.
It might be unusual for a young unwed mother to be the center of an Amish novel, but Rachel is rather unusual herself. She can't deny the truth, but she refuses to tell anyone about the circumstances leading to her pregnancy.
Rachel's twin sister has always been the weaker of the two sisters, and even as adults, Rachel does whatever she can to protect her sister from being hurt. Even at the expense of her own predicament that separates her from everything and everyone she has always loved and trusted.
The Outcast is an awesome story filled with mystery, devotion, forgiveness and second chances. This a great read that I highly recommend.
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers, in exchange for my honest review.