Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mennonite Mystery -- Inescapable

About the Book

Lizzie Engel left Kingdom, Kansas, and her Conservative Mennonite faith five years ago, fleeing abuse and rejection aimed at her when she became pregnant with her daughter, Charity. However, when a strange man begins to hang around outside her apartment building in Kansas City and she receives several odd, threatening messages, she begins to fear for their safety. When an untrue accusation of theft causes her to lose her job, she has no choice but to return to the small Mennonite town. Unfortunately, evil follows her, and she will have to face a storm of lies, deceit and murder as a winter blizzard rages around her and the residents of Kingdom.

My Thoughts

When Lizzie returns to Kingdom, she reconnects with several of the town's residents and is surprised to learn what many of them really thought of her when she left her home years before.  As the story progresses, it becomes obvious that someone in town is involved in the danger that threatens Lizzie's and Charity's chances of staying in Kingdom.  Lizzie's main concern is the safety and well-being of her daughter, and she is faced with difficult choices of livelihood and love as she looks out for Charity's best interests.

With lots of questions, mystery, and suspense, Inescapable keeps you guessing about "who-dun-it" and why.  A wide range of characters add to the story and provide various glimpses into the Mennonite community.  The mystery adds a little different twist from many of the stories set in a Plain community.  Some of the people are very interesting to get to know as the story progresses; others seem to fall a little flat.  Nancy Mehl shares real-life lessons in faith and forgiveness as she tells Lizzie's story.  In general, the book is a very good one.  I would recommend it to fans of Amish or Mennonite fiction, and anyone who enjoys a simple mystery.

About the Author

Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman and their dog, Watson. She’s authored thirteen books and is currently at work on her newest series for Bethany House Publishing.
All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “It’s a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”
She and her husband attend Believer’s Tabernacle in Wichita.

(This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.)

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