Unbreakable, Road to Kingdom Series #2
"Unbreakable" the second book in the Road to Kingdom series by Nancy Mehl is a novel that covers the dilemma of fighting back, or waiting for God. Kingdom, a Kansas town of primarily Mennonites is being attacked by a group of people who hate Christians. The attacks go beyond the Mennonite community, but Mehl focuses on Kingdom, Kansas. Jonathan is a Mennonite who is in favor of defending the town and trying to protect the people. Ebbie is an elder who is in favor of praying and letting God protect the town. The two men lead battles between the sides as the attacks go on. They also battle it out for the heart of Hope, the main character. Hope has a deep quiet love for Ebbie, but he doesn't really excite her much. Jonathan makes her heart go pitter patter and puts the excitement in her. She sees both sides of the defense issue as well.
I really liked this book. The characters, though Mennonite, were not portrayed as too naive or somehow slow. The writing was good and the characters were well developed. I have not read book one, and had no trouble following book 2. I wished that the author had taken a little time at the beginning to lead the readers into what the town was like before the attacks; it seemed to hit the dilemma too fast. However, if I had read book one, that probably would not have been a problem. I received this book from the Book Club Network.
November 4, 2013
A totally exciting Mennonite story of love and fai
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.
October 28, 2013
Action packed sequel with great romance
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.
September 10, 2013
A Transforming View From My Original Desire
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 Ã¢ÂÂa who will Hope chose to marry.Ã¢ÂÂ 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 HopeÃ¢ÂÂs 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.
June 18, 2013