I was ready for this book to be like a lot of other Mennonite books that I have read before. It is certainly not the same. So many surprises keep jumping out as you read, some very familiar names of places I've been to myself. I always love a book set in Kansas since that's where I spent the majority of my life and most of the towns mentioned are some where my husband's family lived.
Hope lives in a small Mennonite town named Kingdom. It is hard to reach this place from the outside world, and they like it that way. Up until now it has been a very peaceful place to live, only a few outsiders came to visit.
Several things happen that change the way things have always been. First, Jonathan had moved to the town about a year ago and has tried to change some of the way things had always been. On the way home from an outside town Hope is nearly chased down by a pickup, but Jonathan is there to stop them from hurting her and help her get home safely.
This is just the start of all the commotion in the little town of Kingdom. Not only is there turmoil in the town but in Hope's personal life. People are challenged to really use their faith during this time. Hope is also challenged in her personal life, her faith is tested. Will she stay strong, will the whole town stay strong?
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to all who love to read. It is a most enjoyable book, easy to read and hard to put down.
Unbreakable is another exciting addition to the Road to Kingdom series. Strange things are happening around Kingdom. When citizens are being harassed, one man killed and fires are set in the town, what is a God loving Mennonite community to do?
Some citizens of Kingdom believe they need to remain passive, putting their safety in God's hands. Other citizens feel the need to take precautions and set up a lookout at the town's entrance. On both sides of this issue are two men in love with Hope Kauffman.
Ebbie Miller has loved Hope most of his life. He and Hope are engaged and about to be married. Ebbie is on the side of peace. Is he the man for Hope?
Jonathon Wiese is also in love with Hope. Will he be able to win Hope's love? Jonathon is also a godly man, but feels more action is needed to protect Kingdom.
I knew who I wanted Hope to end up with and I am happy to say that she ended up with the man I felt God had for her. However, I was really impressed with the way the author was able to make it feasible for either man to have been a good choice for Hope. I enjoyed this book very much.
Book Summary: Mennonite Romantic Suspense Sure to Thrill Readers
Gentle and unassuming, Hope Kauffman has never been one to question the traditions of her Mennonite upbringing. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and has agreed to the betrothal he arranged for her with the devout but shy Ebbie Miller. Despite the attempts of Hope and other Kingdom residents to maintain the status quo, changes have already begun to stir in the small Mennonite town. The handsome and charismatic Jonathon Wiese is the leader of the move to reform, while Ebbie insists Kingdom must remain true to its foundation. When Hope's safety is threatened by a mysterious outsider, she can't help but question what she's always been taught about the Mennonite tradition of nonviolence. As it swiftly becomes apparent the threat Hope faced is only the beginning, the town that's always stood so strong finds itself divided. With tensions high and their lives endangered by an unknown enemy, will Hope and the people of Kingdom allow fear and division to break them or will they draw on the strength of the God they serve?
Review: I thought the book got better and better as I continued to read!!! It started out slow for me, about 1/3rd into the book I could not put it down. I really found the mystery fun. It was not a huge who did it but definitely â€˜a who will Hope chose to marry.' I made up my mind and was very pleased that is the way the story went. I would have been so disappointed if it went any other way. I just could not see the outcome being satisfying had Hope's choice been different. For me I was transformed in my opinion by the halfway mark. It is a good read when how you feel changes dramatically by the end of the book. I am looking forward to reading the 3rd in this series. It has been a fun series thus far. The people of the town have grown and changed which is part of the fun. There was a lot of sadness at the start of the book and that is what contributed to the slowness because it was such a tragedy to get through.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
What I liked most about this book, and the first one in the series as well (Inescapable), is that the author really makes you feel part of the community she is writing about. Although characters are very different from me (Mennonite), I really felt like I could relate to them in their feelings, relationships, and struggles. The book had a good balance of suspense and "contemporary-ness". What I mean to say is that it blending genres well. Most suspense books don't really let you relax, and sometimes contemporary Christian titles are a little slow, but this one has a good blend of both. I recommend to readers of all genres! I typically choose historical or suspense myself, and I really enjoyed this book!
Hope Kauffman is very happy with her life in the peaceful Mennonite town of Kingdom. She finds great joy in her quilting and running her quilting shop. Her faith is as much a part of her life as eating and sleeping. She never has had any desire to leave or question her Mennonite beliefs.
All her tranquility and way of life is suddenly threatened when someone starts running residents off the highway when they are returning home from town. Hope becomes one of these victims. Jonathan Wiese, new to their community, comes to her rescue. Feelings stir within her for this handsome "knight in shining armor", but she is confused because is promised to marry Ebbie Miller in 2 months. Jonathan is everything Ebbie isn't, dashingly handsome, exciting. She begins to question if she truly loves Ebbie enough to spend her life with him. Jonathan is quick to make his feelings known for her.
The attacks cause a division in the town's people. Ebbie stands by their beliefs of turning the other cheek and no violence. Jonathan aligns with others to believe they should arm themselves to protect their loved ones. As the attacks move into the town Hope gets caught in between the two, unsure which way is right.
The story really brought to light Luke 6:29, And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. A verse I am very familiar with and have tried to live by. Ms. Mehl caused me to search even deeper in my beliefs. I certainly practice turning the other cheek when someone is rude, unkind, or unfair, but would I be able to follow the scripture if a loved one were in danger? Would God expect me to? These are just a few questions I was confronted with. I did come to an answer, but not without examining the meaning of this scripture in a way I never had before.
The story also brought to light standing alone for my faith, no matter what other Christians might think, choose, or in the face of persecution. There are lots of surprises throughout the book. Some I thought I had figured out and I was wrong, so I guess you could say I had double surprises! I not only appreciated the excellent writing, but also how the theme of Luke 6:29 was woven throughout the story. A book you want to read!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.