A Modern version of The Scarlett Letter, The OUTCAST Rachel Stoltzfus, a young single Mennonite woman finds herself pregnant and refuses to name the vadder of her child. She feels the wrath of the pious community and her family as they withdraw from her so she would “see the error of her ways.”
Leah King, Rachel’s twin sister, is married to Tobias King and he wants Rachel gone. Judah King is Rachel’s childhood friend and refuses to shun her and asks her to marry him and leave the community. Ida Mae is the proprietor of Ida Mae’s Amish Store and is also a driver for the Mennonite and Amish.
After Eli, Rachel’s son is born, her sister continues to be ill and winds up in the hospital. Rachel is ordered to leave the community for Leah’s sake. Ida Mae is her driver and invites her to live with her.
The Outcast is a look into the hypocrisy we all must be wary of. How often are we ourselves guilty as we try to cover our own flaws and faults. It reminds us that forgiveness is only possible when we acknowledge our sin and repent.
I received this book free for an honest review from Tyndale House Publishers.