Petersheim’s fiction debut is a modern version of The Scarlet Letter. The storyline runs smoothly throughout, with twists that readers will enjoy. The author’s Plain background shines in this moving novel.
Rachel Stolzfus is raising her young son alone, amidst her Old Order community, refusing to name the child’s father. The bishop, who is married to her twin sister, kicks her out not caring what happens to her. When Rachel’s son is diagnosed with cancer and the only hope is a bone marrow transplant, will the community come together to help, or will their adherence to their way of life cause them to turn away from a child? (TYNDALE, Jul., 400 pp., $13.99)