Afternoon, readers. I must say I’m glad it’s Friday; this sunny summer weather has been making days spent inside more and more difficult.
If you were on the blog last week, you may have had a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at debut author Jolina Petersheim’s adorable book signing. In her blog post, Jolina graciously offered a handwoven basket for a giveaway item, and commenters shared a novel (or two) they’re reading this summer. It was so lovely to see the wide variety of novels everyone’s reading! There’s always so much out there, and it’s helpful to hear from readers on what they cannot put down. And with that, we’re happy to announce the winner of the giveaway (chosen at random): Barbara Thompson. We will be in touch shortly for your contact information.
For those unacquainted, Jolina Petersheim’s new novel, The Outcast, is a modern retelling of the classic The Scarlet Letter.
“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 Bestselling Author of Into the Free
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 her 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.
If you plan to be in the Nashville area this coming week, stop by Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN) on Tuesday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. to mix and mingle with Jolina and have your copy of The Outcast signed! For more news on The Outcast events, visit Jolina’s website.
Hope everyone enjoys some sunshine this weekend, and don’t forget to come back Wednesday for the latest installment of “What’s Happening Wednesday?”