Saturday, September 15, 2012
Book Review: Inescapable by Nancy Mehl
Series: Road to Kingdom #1
Author: Nancy Mehl
2012, Bethany House
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Amish/Mennonite Fiction, Christian Fiction
Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her Mennonite hometown, her family, and her faith with plans never to return. Five years later, Lizzie finds she'll have to run again. False accusations at her job, a stalker, and a string of anonymous threatening letters have left her with no other options. This time, however, her escape is back to Kingdom, her hometown.
As Lizzie becomes reacquainted with Kingdom, she realizes she may not have left her Mennonite roots and her faith as firmly in the past as she thought. She draws on the support of Noah Housler, an old friend, as she hides out and attempts to plan her next steps.
When it becomes painfully clear that the danger has followed Lizzie to Kingdom, suspicions and tensions run high, and she no longer knows who to trust. With her life and the lives of those she loves at risk, Lizzie will have to run one last time--to a Father whose love is inescapable.
I loved the beginning of this book. It drew me into the story right away. Different from many of these Amish/Mennonite novels, Inescapable has a dark and sinister side to it. Lizzie starts out in a small city apartment with her six-year-old daughter. She's getting ready to run back to her hometown of Kingdom... a place she never wanted to return too. She is receiving threatening notes, lost her job and there's a suspicious character following her around.
When she returns to Kingdom, things are not as bad as she remembered. She finds a job and a way to support herself and her daughter. Some of the townspeople really go out of their way to welcome her back... although her own father will have nothing to do with her. There are also a lot of tensions going on in the town. Uprisings against the strictness of the current Elders is causing unrest in the community.
Lizzie comes to realize that the danger has followed her to Kingdom though and she's not sure how they found her. Men from her past show up... can she trust them?
I, personally, disliked the end of the book. I liked it up until the last half dozen chapters. All of a sudden I was disapointed with how Lizzie handled some situations and I felt she should have seen some situations coming... because I did. This frustrated me a little.
Overall, I liked this book and I really liked it that it was different from other books I'd read of it's kind... but I was unsatisfied by the ending.
Disclosure: The book was provided to me free of charge by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. All opinions in this post are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.