Reviews

The Alliance

Editorial Reviews

“This apocalyptic novel may leave the reader wondering, ‘What would you do?’ [L]ike watching a movie develop[.]” ~Romantic Times, 4 stars

“This unusual dystopian work mixes hope and faith with fear and cynicism as Leora must determine whether her pacifism is merely adherence to her community’s collective belief or a personal, faith-based conviction as well. How valid is violence in defense of loved ones? Will her community stay true to their convictions and faith? Petersheim (The Outcast) focuses less on the outcome of the destroyed society and more on the internal conflict within the characters in this astute meditation on the intersection between belief systems and the politics of aggression.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“Petersheim has written a novel of hope forged in unlikely circumstances and a romance sparked in the cold of despair. Readers of faith who have questioned their place in the world, who wonder what they might become if society’s bounds no longer held them, will be enthralled.” ~ Booklist

“Captivating. Intriguing. A story that takes us beyond what we believe. This well-written tale marks Jolina Petersheim as a poignant storyteller.” ~ Rachel Hauck, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Chapel

“Ah, the simple life–that’s what you might think when you pick up a book about an Old Order Mennonite community. And there is a simple beauty to the faith and hope Petersheim weaves through her apocalyptic tale. But the story itself is complex, multi-layered, and all too believable for comfort’s sake. Check your expectations at the door and dive into this parable about what really matters when the dross of the world is burned away.” ~ Sarah Loudin Thomas, author of Miracle in a Dry Season

“Finally, an apocalyptic novel ablaze with hope. Just the kind of story I champion. A must-read.” ~ Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Mapmaker’s Children and The Baker’s Daughter

The Alliance is a gripping story that shows how cultural differences drop away in the face of life-altering circumstance and only the most deeply held truths survive. I raced to the end and wanted more. Can’t wait for the conclusion of this series!”~Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind

“Jolina Petersheim’s The Alliance is a cut above. Lovely prose, a fascinating concept, and a great ‘what if?’ storyline makes this unique novel a sure winner.” ~J.T. Ellison, New YorkTimes Bestselling Author of No One Knows

“I’ve just discovered rising star Jolina Petersheim, and I’m hooked! The Alliance was a mesmerizing peek at what might happen if everything we thought we believed was suddenly tested. I can’t wait for the next installment!” ~Colleen Coble, author of Mermaid Moon and the Hope Beach series

“An absorbing and thought-provoking ‘what if?’ drama that takes a compassionate look at what divides and ultimately unites us.”~Maryanne O’Hara, award-winning author of Cascade

“The Alliance is gripping because it could be true and riveting because of the author’s fine way with words, turing paragraphs into scenes you won’t easily forget.” ~Eva Marie Everson, author of Five Brides

“Through her authentic, sympathetic characters, Petersheim conveys hope and redemption in impossible situations. Readers will not want to leave the world portrayed in The Alliance, even as it falls apart around them.” ~ Erika Robuck, author of The House of Hawthorne

“With each stroke of her exquisite literary pen, Petersheim explores the unexpected world of who we are when the worst happens.” ~Lynne Gentry, author of The Carthage Chronicles series

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The Midwife

Editorial Reviews

“The Midwife is an excellent read [that] will be hard to put down.” ~ CBA Retailers + Resources

“Petersheim is an amazing new author.” ~ RT Reviews, 4 1/2 stars

“Jolina’s lyrical storytelling absolutely sings–but it’s her quick-paced plot, complex characters, and insights into the Plain world that made it impossible for me to put The Midwife down.” ~Leslie Gould, bestselling author of The Amish Midwife

“Jolina weaves a brilliant story that lets us absorb the years and grow with her characters. By the time they’re ready to consider the risk of holding out and the cost of letting go, so are we.” ~Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Belle of All Things Southern and author of Heart Wide Open

“Masterfully told, The Midwife is a riveting story with enough twists and turns in the plot to surprise any reader — all while exploring the real ethical, moral, and emotional issues surrounding surrogacy.” ~Saloma Miller Furlong, author of Why I Left the Amish and Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds

“The Midwife is a stunning narrative that explores maternal attachment in all its forms.” ~Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of A Woman of Fortune and Mother of Pearl

“A story of hope and restoration, The Midwife is a tale to be savored.” ~Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and The Hatmaker’s Heart

“In The Midwife, Jolina Petersheim’s thoughtful storytelling illustrates how God’s love can woo us from pain and hiding and into the abundant life He has created.” ~Denise Hildreth Jones, bestselling author of Secrets Over Sweet Tea

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The Outcast

Editorial Reviews

“I have to say I’ve never been a fan of the Amish fiction genre. I’m still not. But Jolina Petersheim’s The Outcast was the only Amish fiction book I’ve ever read from cover to cover.” ~Ira Wagler, NYT Bestselling Author of Growing Up Amish

“A story of hypocrisy and redemption in a secretive community that will keep the reader turning the pages.” ~Michael Morris, award winning author of Man In The Blue Moon

“The Outcast is an insightful look at the complexities of living in community while living out one’s faith.” ~Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Mother of Rain

“A page-turning saga, The Outcast is a must read for anyone who has ever been judged by the shallow hearts of man.” ~Julie Cantrell, New York Times Bestselling Author of Into the Free

“Surprising and satisfying, Jolina Petersheim’s epic first novel of love and betrayal, forgiveness and redemption will resonate with people from every corner of life.” ~River Jordan, Nationally Bestselling Author of Praying for Strangers

“Petersheim’s emotional story leaves readers intrigued by the purity or Rachel’s strong will, resilience, and loyalty.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

“Petersheim sets a retelling of a classic piece of literature against the backdrop of bonnets and buggies…revealing the power of confession and God’s willingness to forgive and restore.” ~CBA Retailers + Resources

“Quickly paced, beautifully written, flawlessly executed, I could not put this book down.” ~SheReads, The Blog Network Recommends

“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.” ~RT Reviews, 4 Stars

“Jolina Petersheim’s riveting portrait of life behind this curious and oft times mysterious world captivated me from the first word and left me breathless for more.”
~Lisa Patton, Bestselling Author of Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter

“Don’t miss this vivid, lyrical journey into a mysterious world that many view from the outside, but few understand as intimately as Jolina Petersheim.”
~Lisa Wingate, National Bestselling and Award-winning author of Blue Moon Bay and Firefly Island

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