Inescapable, Road to Kingdom Series #1
Suspense filled romance
This is the first book in the Road to Kingdom series.
Lizzie Engel was born and raised as a Mennonite in the town of Kingdom, Kansas. She left her faith and hometown at the age of 18 because of her father's reaction to her giving birth out of wedlock.
5 years later Lizzie is in a bad situation where she loses her job and finds out that someone is stalking her. She decides to return to Kingdom hoping to find safety for her and her daughter.
Can Lizzie start over? Will her family take her back? Can she escape her stalker?
This is the first book that I've read by Nancy Mehl. I am so happy to have found her work. Nancy has a gift for story telling that grips you from the beginning of the book until the very last page. It normally takes me 3-4 days to read a novel, but I just couldn't put this one down. I finished it in two days!!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Amish fiction.
July 20, 2013
Suspensful story of love and danger.
Lizzie Engel is a scared woman. A single mother, determined to keep her daughter safe, Lizzie feels that she must return home to the strict Mennonite community that she ran away from years ago. They need a place to hide and the isolated community of Kingdom may be their only safe haven.
Throughout the story, Lizzie struggles with trying to decide whom she can trust. When danger follows her back to her hometown, it is hard for Lizzie to know who to turn to. Is Clay, the father of her child, trustworthy? Or is her heart leading her to Noah? Which man truly loves her and will protect her?
The author does a great job of weaving danger and suspense throughout this story, as well as taking Lizzie on a journey of self-discovery. After the harsh upbringing she experienced in her father's house, Lizzie has a lot to learn about forgiving herself and others, as well as learning that her heavenly Father is very different from her earthly one.
I was blessed to win a free copy of this book from Bethany House. I was not required to write a review, however, I happily do so. I would recommend this book to lovers of suspense, Christian fiction and Christian romance. There is a bit of all three in there.
July 19, 2013
Interesting spin on plain fiction--suspensful!
This is the first book that IÃ¢ÂÂve read by this author and I honestly really liked it. IÃ¢ÂÂm surprising myself because IÃ¢ÂÂm actually starting to enjoy first-person perspective after finally forcing myself to start reading books written in that view late last year. The interesting thing about this series too is that itÃ¢ÂÂs suspenseful with a mystery. Not something you typically associate with Mennonite or "plain" fiction. I finished this book and quickly picked up book number two in the series. Now I am curious to find out if a book three is in the works and when it is coming out! If anyone happens to know the dates--LET ME KNOW!
About the Story
Lizzie left her Mennonite community after she became an unwed teen mother. Life with her father was difficult and his views kept the community at an arm length from showing their support to Lizzie and her newborn daughter, Charity.
Lizzie has been fairly happy with her new lifeÃ¢ÂÂthat is until someone tries to frame her and she also has a stalker threatening her and her daughterÃ¢ÂÂs life. This causes her to pack up and move back to KingdomÃ¢ÂÂall the while praying that her father wonÃ¢ÂÂt turn her out.
As it turns out, change has come to Kingdom and the promise of a new life exists for Lizzie until her stalker finds her and threatens her and the residents of her sleepy little hometown. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out who would have a reason to threaten a single mom and her daughter and I have to sayÃ¢ÂÂthe culprit wasnÃ¢ÂÂt revealed too fast so I kept reading to figure things out.
Amid the threat of violence and LizzieÃ¢ÂÂs struggle to reconnect with her family there also was a love storyÃ¢ÂÂmore like love triangle that had me interested through the very end. I thought it was a great start to a seriesÃ¢ÂÂa little slow at times for me but thatÃ¢ÂÂs still more to do with my struggles with first person perspective more than the story itself. Definitely a keeper for my bookshelf!
March 28, 2013
A Must Read!
In Inescapable, author Nancy Mehl sweeps us away on a suspense filled journey to Kingdom, Kansas -- a lovely, Mennonite community with a homey atmosphere; replete with quilt making shops, a quaint cafe, cozy homes decorated with window boxes, and a vast array of flowers blanketing the countryside. A seemingly perfect place to live; but underneath the guise of gentle beauty lie secrets, discord...and danger!
Raised by a strict, harsh Mennonite father, Lizzie leaves her home in Kingdom in disgrace, planning never to return there again. But five years later, Lizzie's world begins to fall apart as she finds herself receiving threatening letters and being stalked by a mysterious stranger. Filled with trepidation and misgivings, Lizzie flees to the last place she ever wants to go -- back home to Kingdom.
As Lizzie becomes reacquainted with her hometown and its people, she finds herself reassessing her opinion of Kingdom and begins to enjoy living there...especially when her childhood friendship with elder Noah Housler is renewed. There is still much dissension, however, in the community between the new and the old order Mennonites and Lizzie's obstinate, strict father is the instigator. And just when Lizzie finally begins to feel safe, a body is discovered and she begins to suspect her father or Noah had something to do with it. Who can she trust?... and has the danger she has run from come closer than ever before? Shunned by her earthly father, will Lizzie run to the Father whose love is inescapable?
I absolutely love the combination of Mennonite/suspense/romance mixed with the cozy, hometown atmosphere in Nancy Mehl's novels. Filled with twists and turns, and enough excitement to keep the reader turning those pages, this is a must read for all. I found the main character, Lizzie, strong yet vulnerable as we all are, and the secondary characters stole my heart! With an exciting and satisfying conclusion and a strong spiritual thread of forgiveness and redemption, this novel is guaranteed to leave you reaching for the tissue box! I am anxious to read the second installment in this series, Unbreakable, which awaits me on my Kindle. Super job once again, Nancy Mehl!
March 9, 2013