This book gets 5 stars from me.
I loved this book! I have to be honest and say at first I didn't because of the Amish words used ( not all of them just some I had no idea , and the book only had a few Amish words ) but after the slow start I loved it! This book was one that was chosen for one of the online book clubs I am in and so I had to read it and I have to say I am glad I did! It is a retelling of 'The Scarlet Letter" but an Amish version!
This is Jolina Petersheim debut novel, and I am really impressed! This is a book of real love and forgiveness between family members and yes, it is a book about dishonesty. I read the book in one afternoon, partially because I waited to the last day before the discussion and once I started it I couldn't put it down. I even shared quotes from this book on my Facebook wall!
I have never read the "Scarlet Letter" but I want to now after reading this! I am also putting her next novel "The Midwife on my To Be Read List.
Jolina Petersheim is the bestselling author of The Midwife and The Outcast, which Library Journal called "outstanding . . . fresh and inspirational" in a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. She holds degrees in English and communication arts from the University of the Cumberlands, and 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, and she also blogs weekly with nine other bestselling authors at Southern Belle View. 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 jolinapetersheim.com.