Sunday, August 5, 2012

“Inescapable” by Nancy Mehl (A Litfuse Blog Tour with Review)

Who Can Lizzie Trust?
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.

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My Review:
Lizzie Engel’s father was a hard man in her eyes, harsh and unloving.  Upon getting pregnant out-of-wedlock, he seemed even harsher toward her.  She felt judged by the whole Mennonite community.  So she did what she felt was the only thing to do, leave and make a new life in Kansas City.  Five years later, however, her new life there is falling apart with allegations of theft and a stalker with threatening letters.

Lizzie returns to Kingdom with her daughter, Charity, with great trepidation.  Would they be accepted by her father and mother and those she was close to?  When she arrives, except for her father, she finds the people friendly and kind, open to helping her get reestablished. She wonders who was more judgmental.  She begins to feel safe here from her stalker, and reacquaints herself with her old friend, Noah Housler.

When the stalker finds her, she realizes she has no where else to run except to her real Father.  The author wove God’s unconditional love into Lizzie’s story in such a way that it opened up her heart to be less judgmental and more forgiving.  But she does wonder if she is putting the community in danger by staying in Kingdom.

I enjoyed Nancy’s full-bodied characters.  All the characters’ quirks and endearments stand out for you to get to know them intimately. The harsh situations were difficult to deal with at times, but the reactions were in character.  The danger was felt as the stalker returned.  The suspense was charged when they found him later on.  I found myself worrying about Lizzie and Charity when I broke to eat because they seemed so real.
Charity and Cora became my favorite characters.   Cora was her own woman.  She didn’t worry that much about what the elders thought of her restaurant and car.    Charity was precocious, yet innocently bold in asking the hard questions or telling it like it is.

For a genuine read about the difficulties of life, a love that never fails, suspense that keeps you intrigued, and insight into the changes in the Mennonite life, Nancy Mehl’s book, Inescapable, is a great book to pick up and read!

This book was provided free in exchange for my honest review from Amy Lathrop and Christen Krumm of the Litfuse Bog Tour.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

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