Friday, July 13, 2012

Inescapable by Nancy Mehl ~ Litfuse Blog Tour with review and giveaway

Page-Turning Romantic Suspense Set Against the Backdrop of a Small Mennonite Town
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.

My take on this book:

Elizabeth (Lizzie ) Engel grew up in a tiny town of less than three hundred called Kingdom. Her home life was less than ideal, her father was an elder in the Mennonite Church, who was very strict and often cruel, and her mother was to afraid to stand up to him. So starved for attention Lizzie falls for the first man who tells her he loves her, and it resulted in a pregnancy. She felt like she became an outcast in the town, and knew the only thing to do was to take her daughter Charity and leave. She settled in Kansas City where a kind woman gave her a job working at Harmony House, and while money was tight she had hope for the future. When a man starts watching her and sending her  threatening notes she starts to worry, and when she loses her job at Harmony House she realizes that the only way to keep her daughter safe is to return to the tiny town of Kingdom. Will she find acceptance and safety in her hometown?  Will the man who is bothering her leave her alone or follow her to Kingdom? 

There were so many elements to this story that held my attention. There was the suspense and mystery of who was sending Lizzie notes, and following her, there was the issues that Lizzie faced because she was a struggling single parent, and there were issues between Lizzie and her parents as well as problems with the town of Kingdom itself. For me though what really made this story stand out was the character of Lizzie and the choices she made, in essence going full circle. She was such a brave, courageous young woman, who left home to take care of her daughter, but ultimately had to return in order to take care of and protect her, which allowed her to realize that she might not have left God behind after all. Her daughter Charity was such a wonderful character, and really added to the overall story.The questions she had about her father seemed very normal, and made her character seem very realistic.. I found myself anxious to learn a bit about Kingdom, a Mennonite town, and enjoyed learning about the residents as well as the town itself.

Overall, a story where the author provides a real page turner of a story, with plenty  of plot twists kept me guessing right up until the very end. Romance suspense, and a bit of mystery woven together with a positive christian message made this a great read. I am looking forward to the next book in the series titled"Unbreakable" which is due out in the spring of 2013.

About Ms. Mehl:

Nancy Mehl, the author of 13 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

 About The Giveaway

Celebrate with Nancy by entering her "Inescapable" Giveaway and connecting with her during the Author Chat Party on 7/26!
One winner will receive:
  • A Handmade Mennonite Quilt
  • A copy of Inescapable by Nancy Mehl
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below.But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on July 25th. Winner will be announced at the "Inescapable" Author Chat Facebook Party on 7/26. Nancy will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills (how much do you know about the Mennonites?) and giving away some great prizes!
So grab your copy of Inescapable and join Nancy on the evening of the July 26th for a chance to connect with Nancy and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

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