Jul 7, 2012

Inescapable by Nancy Mehl

Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her Mennonite hometown, Kingdom, Kansas, with plans never to return.

But five years later, the new life she built is falling apart. Lizzie knows she's being followed, and she's certain the same mysterious stranger is behind the threatening letters she's received. Realizing she'll have to run again, the only escape Lizzie can manage is a return to the last place she wants to go.

Once she arrives in Kingdom, Lizzie is confident she'll be safe until she comes up with a new plan. In reacquainting herself with the town and its people--especially her old friend, Noah Housler--she wonders if she judged her hometown and her Mennonite faith too harshly. However, just as she begins to come to terms with her roots, Lizzie is horrified to discover the danger she ran from is closer than ever.

No longer sure who to trust and fearful for her life and the lives of those around her, Lizzie finds she has only one place left to run--to the Father whose love is inescapable.

Nancy Mehl, the author of 12 books, received an ACFW Carol Award in 2009 for her novel For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Wichita, Kansas, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. Visit her website at www.nancymehl.com.

Nancy Mehl is a new-to-me author, and I was pleasantly surprised by this story of mystery, faith and romance.  Inescapable is the story of a Mennonite girl who left the close-knit community where she was raised and tried to make a future for herself and her young daughter. When false accusations from her employer threaten to destroy everything, and someone is stalking her, she runs to the only place that might offer safety. Kingdom is the last place she wants to go to, but she has no choice.

Libby is surprised at the warm welcome she receives from almost everyone in the community. Her father, however, is a different story. She is forbidden to be in her parent's home, and once again must find a way out of a very bad situation. An old friend from the past offers her a place to stay and a job, and everything seems good ... but only temporarily.

When her past once again catches up with her, Libby must make some serious decisions about who to trust and who to keep at arm's length. This delightful blend of a traditional and peaceful Mennonite community -- mixed with murder, intrigue and deception -- was an unexpected pleasure to read. A truly enjoyable novel that I highly recommend!

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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