Inescapable (Road to Kingdom Book #1) [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Inescapable (Road to Kingdom Book #1)

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441271105
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Series: Road to Kingdom , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,376
  • File size: 777 KB

Meet the Author

Nancy Mehl is the author of fifteen books and received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. 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 the author of eighteen books and received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. Visit her website at www.nancymehl.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

     This novel is well written, with vivid descriptions of the Kans

     This novel is well written, with vivid descriptions of the Kansas countryside, the buildings and culture of Kingdom as well as the characters. Reading this I soon understood that not all Old Order Mennonite men, or Elders in perticular are domineering and judgemental, atleast no more so than in any other culture, and not all of the women in this order are timid and subservant. I am a mennonite of slightly more liberal group, and at first I was reading this at constantly making comparisons. However, it was not long before I was completely immersed in the mystery and plot of the story and I forgot to take note of the differences between the Old Order Mennonites and ourselves.  
    With each novel I read, I feel I am more responsible, and more is required of me, as often these stories show me myself in a clearer way. Do I blame my parents for my insecurities and my unique outlook on life or am I willing to take some of that charge on myself? As I grow older I realize that my parents had a very different childhood than I did, and some of their attitudes came from the way they were treated then. Am I willing to break the cycle? This novel causes me to take another look at my own attitudes.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Grest read

    Great book looking forward to reading more by this author.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    Nancy Mehl has a way with words, as do most writers, I suppose.

    Nancy Mehl has a way with words, as do most writers, I suppose. The first page of Inescapable made me care for the main character, Lizzie and the subsequent pages just drew me in until I was hooked. While definitely inspirational, Mehl does not bang her readers on the head with God. It's a soft touch, here and there, to remind us that we must run to the Father whose love follows us wherever we go--the highest mountains, the lowest valleys, and everywhere in between. He always has a plan and his love is unconditional and Inescapable. :)

    I look forward to Book 2, can't see what happens next.

    ***I received this book free for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2014

    Very enjoyable

    I really appreciate the good writing and the good tale. I also appreciate the fact that you don't have to worry about gratuitous sex or bad language.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

    Lizzie Engel is a scared woman. A single mother, determined to k

    Lizzie Engel is a scared woman. A single mother, determined to keep her daughter safe, Lizzie feels that she must return home to the strict Mennonite community that she ran away from years ago. They need a place to hide and the isolated community of Kingdom may be their only safe haven.

    Throughout the story, Lizzie struggles with trying to decide whom she can trust. When danger follows her back to her hometown, it is hard for Lizzie to know who to turn to. Is Clay, the father of her child, trustworthy? Or is her heart leading her to Noah? Which man truly loves her and will protect her?

    The author does a great job of weaving danger and suspense throughout this story, as well as taking Lizzie on a journey of self-discovery. After the harsh upbringing she experienced in her father's house, Lizzie has a lot to learn about forgiving herself and others, as well as learning that her heavenly Father is very different from her earthly one.

    I was blessed to win a free copy of this book from Bethany House. I was not required to write a review, however, I happily do so. I would recommend this book to lovers of suspense, Christian fiction and Christian romance. There is a bit of all three in there.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2012

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    Interesting Genre Mix

    Reading Inescapable was a bit of a new experience for me. It was so very different than anything I’ve ever read before. That might be because I try to stick to historical romances... but I won’t get into that right now. I’m trying to stretch myself—as I’m sure anyone can tell.

    First of all, the book is written from start to finish from the first person perspective of twenty-three year old Lizzie Engle... which I loved—since first person is what I write as well. This alone is what got me to request the opportunity to review this book… never minding that it was a murder mystery thriller set in a strictly Mennonite town in the middle of nowhere Kansas.

    Nancy Mehl did a very good job of setting up the characters, places and life-situations in the novel. I liked Lizzie a lot, even though one of her biggest problems was that she didn’t seem to like herself at all. And I adored her little girl, Charity and the handsome hero of the book, Prince Phillip.... uh, I mean Noah Housler.

    I’m still not completely sold on “Amish”, “murder mysteries”, or probably EVER “thriller” genres, but I did enjoy the tension-filled interactions between the many characters in this book. This is the first in the Road to Kingdom series. The next book in this series will be published by Bethany House is called Unbreakable and will come out in February 2013.

    I was given this book by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I give Nancy Mehl’s Inescapable 4 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    I just finished reading Inescapable by Nancy Mehl. What a great

    I just finished reading Inescapable by Nancy Mehl. What a great book! I loved learning more about the Mennonite way of life sandwiched around romance and suspense.

    I found myself relating to Lizzie, the heroine, from the very beginning. My heart went out to her as she viewed her Heavenly Father through misguided eyes - relying on worldly relationships to guide how God loves her instead of reading the Bible and seeking wisdom there. In addition, how many of us have sinned and felt unworthy of God’s love instead of being able to accept that He loves us unconditionally?

    I loved the mystery/suspense that complimented the underlying spiritual message and how she kept me guessing until the very end regarding which man Lizzie would ultimately choose. It was great how Nancy sprinkled so many twists and turns throughout the book - it kept me wanting to see what would happen. In addition to the mystery aspect, Nancy was able to bring all the characters in town to life - from the main hero and heroine to the secondary characters. I could see the myself living there and felt like I belonged.

    Lastly, the author talked about people feeling judged and shameful of past mistakes and how that can really skew how they view others opinions of themselves. Nancy was able to tie that concept into the last spiritual truth so effortlessly. When a person is truly pursuing their individual God-given passion, their confidence grows “not in ourselves - it is in God, who puts us where we are supposed to be and gives us what we need to succeed.” What a beautiful message full of hope for everyone!

    Nancy even gives the reader a little teaser at the end of the book, introducing her second book in this series. Unbreakable comes out in the Spring of 2013. I am ready to read more about these wonderful people, being introduced in more depth to others, and hopefully continue to find out what is going on in Lizzie’s life.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to become part of the town of Kingdom and can’t wait to visit again. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a little suspense, a little romance, and a quieter, slower-paced life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    good read

    good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Great story!

    I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this sequel. This story had me wondering and guessing the whole time! A love story,a mystery,a story about redemption and forgiveness....it had it all. Even the dialogue from the main character's 6 year old daughter had me in stitches! She sounded so much like my little girls at that age! Wonderful, engaging story I will read again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    Good story

    Good ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Very good. Clean

    Very well written and clean romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Good religious book

    It was worth reading. Lizzie made me tired - she was wishy washy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Enjoyed

    This was interesting, characters were great, storyline great, I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Very Good

    This was a good book and worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Loved this story

    Great mystery, forgiveness and healing and some romance mixed together to make a great story. Can't wait to read the rest in series.

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  • Posted June 21, 2014

    Very enjoyable

    I enjoyed ready this book. Gave a little twist on the normal books I've read similar to this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Wonderful Book!!!

    Could not put it down. Love it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Excellent!!!!

    I absolutely enjoyed this very moving story and each character. You will learn about the Amish in this very interesting era. Some yoy will love some you will despise. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

    Elizabeth Lynn "Lizzie" Engel grew up in Kingdom, Kans

    Elizabeth Lynn "Lizzie" Engel grew up in Kingdom, Kansas, an Old Order Mennonite community hidden away in a remote rural area. She became pregnant as a teen and her stern and unbending father, an elder in the church, planted a seed of shame in her. The youth who was the father of her baby was promptly whisked away by his parents and Lizzie didn't know what had become of him. Not able to take any more condemnation, Lizzie ran away with her baby to Kansas City.

    Fast forward, five years later. Lizzie is about to lose her job at a women's shelter as she's been accused of stealing money. There's also someone stalking her and sending her threatening notes. Afraid her young daughter, Charity Lynn, will be taken from her if she's arrested, Lizzie flees, quite reluctantly, back to her home town. When she gets there she finds her father is as unforgiving as he had always been. So, she takes a job as a waitress in the local diner where she and Charity are allowed to live in rooms above the eatery.

    Charity asks why her father never come back to the village of Kingdom looking for her. So, once settled in the village, both mother and young daughter have to face the same issue. Both have the same question. Does my daddy love me?

    I'm used to being faced with a body at the start of a murder mystery, but in this story the murder takes place well into the story. I didn't find that to be a problem as it's seamlessly woven into the plotline.

    Lizzie's character is crafted in such a way that I felt as if I actually new her. A number of secondary characters came vividly to life as well. The author describes Mennonite traditions, apparel, the scenery of rural Kansas, as well ferocious winter storms in such detail the reader can clearly picture them. Yet, meticulously depicting all of these elements doesn't negatively impact the pace of the novel.

    I hate to call this a bonnet book, as it doesn't resemble in any way the usual Lancaster, PA type of romance story. There is tension between the religious Mennonite community and the outside world, with church elders doing what they can to keep outsiders out, or at least their influence. This is to be expected. There is also a mini-revolt within the church itself: legalism vs. grace. Several of the more strident members of the church come off as slightly deranged, yet they are depicted in such a way as to allow the reader to see their humanity, as well as some of their past hurts.

    A sweet romance begins to bud. Noah, a young elder in the church who is part of the contingent who believes in God's grace, has loved Lizzie since childhood and is finally not too shy to say so. Just as this is taking off, the author throws a curve ball into the mix. That curve ball itself turns out not to be what it at first seems to be This is a story that can be enjoyed by readers from 12 to 112.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Decent christian read

    Although not an overtly religious person, I enjoyed this book as it promoted personal growth through understanding and forgiveness.

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