The Outcast

  • by Jolina Petersheim
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Rachel Stoltzfus never imagined she'd be the talk of her Old Order Mennonite community until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Unmarried and refusing to repent by naming the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is shunned by those she loves most and eventually forced to leave - driven out by her twin sister's husband, 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, choices must be made that will bring the darkness to light, forever changing the lives of those who call Copper Creek home.
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What the Critics Say

"A must-read that will draw you into a secretive world of sin and senselessness and leave you with the hope of one set free." (Julie Cantrell, New York Times best-selling author of Into the Free.)

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Customer Reviews

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Difficult to get use to the narration...

How could the performance have been better?

The book is written from the point of view of two of the main characters. It is written in the first person in alternating chapters. To distinguish between the two voices one of them is read in a strong germanic accent which I found difficult to listen to. It took some effort to keep up with what was being said in this voice & I found it grated on me a little. I persevered with the book because I found the story interesting.


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- missmilki

Family Story with Old Order Mennonite Setting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If the friend is interested in a family story with a religious background and a more or less predictable ending, yes.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was more of a surprise than expected, though still mostly predictable. However, not unrealistic, considering the setting. Kind of happy with the ending, just a little disappointed but.... for the genre it is fitting.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

Cannot tell without spoiling too much, as it is in the second half. In general I liked the way the two sisters developed throughout the booking, despite both recently having become mothers for the first time, they still had a lot of growing up to do. There are some scenes which show this growing up in an admirable and credible way.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, not that spell-binding.


Any additional comments?

An interesting portrayal of the fate of two twin sisters who grew up in and Old Order Mennonite community. Given the religious background, it is an interesting story, sometimes too predictable. For my current taste in the middle part too shallow and I would have liked more information about growing up and living in such a community.

Brilliantly read by Tavia Gilbert, who made the two narrators come to live, both in English and Pennsylvania Dutch.

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- Bibliophile

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2013
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio