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Posted June 23, 2014
Book Summary: Mystery, Romance, and Suspense Seamlessly Combined in a Mennonite Small-Town Setting Callie Hoffman knows she has a good life in Kingdom, Kansas. She's thrilled to be engaged to Levi Housler, the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church, and she spends her days working with her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Lizzie Housler, at Cora's Cafe. However, Callie's idyllic life is interrupted when a body is discovered on the road outside Kingdom and the deceased turns out to be a victim of a serial killer. As Washington County's new sheriff begins questioning Kingdom residents, Callie and the rest of the town are appalled at the prospect of a killer among them. The very reason Kingdom exists is to protect the people from the temptations and dangers of the outside world, but all the town founders' attempts to plan ahead couldn't prevent a threat like this. Unsettled at this unforeseen danger, Callie is concerned when it appears Levi knows more than he's telling. Desperate to find answers for herself, Callie never expected that she'd have to face some of her own past's skeletons. As Callie and the residents of Kingdom fear this danger for which they never planned, they must learn anew that only God knows the future and their trust must always lie in Him.
Review: I loved the series overall. I found this last in the series to start out slower than the first and took more time to grab my attention. It was about a 1/4 of the way through when the story took off. I was hooked and enjoyed the characters immensely. Many things were easy to guess the outcome for, but right at the end Nancy Mehl threw in a curve that made the entire story a smashing success!! At times I found the relationship between Callie and Levi to be unexciting, but after the first secret was revealed their relationship got more believable. The most believable constant throughout the series was Lizzie’s dad. Many times it is those little things that make a story worth reading because the secondary characters help to make or break a storyline.
I would like to thank Library Thing and Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Posted June 6, 2014
The small Mennonite community named Kingdom has had its share of difficulties over the years, but their peaceful existence is shaken to the core by the discovery of a murder victim left along the only road into Kingdom. The murder of the young woman has residents fearful of what lies beyond or possibly within their isolated haven from the outside world. The lives of Kingdom's people are intertwined by their association through their local church pastored by a young single man, Levi Housler, who has been facing disapproval by older members of the fellowship. His marriage to Callie Hoffman has been delayed, and the wedding date will have to be changed once again in light of the sinister activities surrounding the community. Callie's past is buried beneath layers of self-protective defenses. Both Levi and Callie's best friend have witnessed the changes since childhood, and seek to assist Callie toward healing and the self discovery of God's purpose for her life.
This is the third in the Kingdom series, and I'm sorry to see the series end. Nancy Mehl has produced a trio of Mennonite suspense stories that keep the reader entertained throughout each book. Unforeseeable is no exception. The characters in this book are well developed and believable, and the developments throughout this book are unpredictable and suspenseful. There is unseen drama and heartrending circumstances that keep this story progressing at a fast clip making it difficult to set this book aside. The author has a gift for producing a gripping and well-told story of a peaceful community of people, and the affect that the outside world imposes upon them.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Posted March 10, 2014
Great book, Great series! --
There are women turning up dead and while the people of Kingdom know they have to be careful, none have happened to anyone they know or near Kingdom. That changes when two bodies are discovered on the road leading into Kingdom and then one body of a woman they know, she was raised in Kingdom and had left years ago to get married, her husband is now a deputy sheriff. Things are coming too close for comfort.
Not only is it getting closer, Callie Hoffman and others are letting their minds run wild and suspecting some of their close friends and neighbors. When Levi Housler's book about the Anabaptist Martyrs was discovered on the body of one woman people do a lot of talking and wondering. Levi is the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church and Callie's betrothed.
Callie has been going through some personal problems and Levi has been busy with a lot of counseling so they haven't been able to spend a lot of time together and they both seem to be changing. When Levi's book is found and he seems to be keeping a secret Callie has suspicions, and he isn't the only one she suspects.
This series only got better as I read it, this was a great book with more than one mysterious thing going on. I would encourage you to read these books in order to get the full story, you won't be disappointed. Nancy did a fantastic job on this whole series.
I had my own little mystery going on with this book, kind of, lol. I read it on my Kindle because I got it from Net Galley and for some reason any word that had double "f's" in it was missing the letters. Most of the time I automatically put them in as I was reading but sometimes they didn't appear "in my mind", lol and I would find myself trying to figure out the word, then I'd laugh and say to myself, "Oh, yeah, that is 'diicult', 'stuing', or 'o', get the idea, lol, difficult, stuffing, or off. I still really enjoyed the book!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted February 6, 2014
Third installment in a fun series
Even though Kingdom, Kansas was founded to allow people to live without much outside influence, bad things still exist and evil comes in from the outside. This is not a typical ‘sweet’ Amish story where everyone acts nicely and the romance flows easily. Instead, the story shows that even people attempting to live Godly lives make mistakes and there is no place without evil.
This book is a little more complex than the first two books in the series, but still a fairly uncomplicated read. I recommend this book for people who enjoy reading clean romance with a good kick of suspense thrown in. Overall, this is a fun read.
Posted December 21, 2013
I enjoyed this third book in the Road to Kingdom series as much as the other two. Nancy has such a unique way of tying loose ends, bringing characters together at precisely the right time. This whole series is packed full of emotion and intrigue. Great job! Can't wait for more!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2013
Nancy Mehl once again has done an amazing job writing this romantic/suspenseful novel. Unforeseeable is the third book in the series after Inescapable and Unbreakable. In Inescapable we met Lizzie Engle whom moves away from her hometown because of her troubled passed. Five years later decides to go back to her town where with struggles, she manages to make life better and her young daughter. In Unbreakable, we met Hope Kauffman, whom helps her father run a quilt business. She battles between the decision of keeping her commitment to the man she is engaged to, or fall for the charismatic young man who is after her love.
In Unforeseeable, we met Callie Hoffman who young lady engaged to the new Mennonite pastor. Many of the previous characters are reintroduced in this story. Lizzie Engle (Housler) is among the previous characters from the first story.
The main event in the story is body is found outside of Kingdom, which seems to be the work of a serial killer. The people of Kingdom are in great fear. This story will take you on a suspenseful ride. It will keep you guessing who the killer might be.
I deeply enjoyed reading this story, not only because Nancy Mehl has become one of my favorite authors, but the first two book were filled with great suspense and great story line. This one might yet be the best of the three. Read it. You will like it.
***I was given this complementary copy by Bethany House Publishers for an exchange of a review.
Posted December 2, 2013
As with the first two books in the Road to Kingdom Series, Nancy Mehl serves up another winner with Unforseeable. I love how we get to continue on with characters I have grown to love, but at the same time, this book could be read as a standalone for its complex suspense and great development of characters. I have thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Mehl’s books and am sorry this is the end of the series. I can’t wait to read more from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 12, 2013
Unforeseeable by Nancy Mehl is a great murder mystery that takes place in modern day Kingdom, Kansas, in a Mennonite community. Callie Hoffman is engaged to the new Mennonite pastor, Levi Housler, and works in the restaurant owned by his sister-in-law, Lizzie Housler. Life is good and then a murdered woman is found on the road on the outskirts of Kingdom. It so happens that the murdered woman has been killed by a serial killer and it seems to be the same serial killer that was murdering women twenty years ago. With the new county sheriff questioning everyone in Kingdom, it is only natural that everyone in town is upset and on edge. Callie is troubled for it seems that Levi knows more about the murder than he should or is telling. The story is filled with suspense and near the end when Callie is threatened, then the suspense really gets scary.
This story is very well written and all the characters simply come to life on the pages of the book. All the action scenes are so realistic that I was holding my breath many times as I read what was happening and I was right there in the middle of whatever was taking place. I especially liked the way that the author had the people of the town putting their faith in God and being forgiving of others. Callie was especially working to become closer to God and praying for guidance so that she would do God’s will and not her own. The author keeps the reader guessing until the end of the book when the revealing of the murderer is quite a surprise, at least it was to me. I was very happy with the way the story ended.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of a good murder mystery with a twist, it takes place in a modern day Mennonite community.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted September 24, 2013
Nancy Mehl has done it again. She's given us another wonderful story from the town of Kingdom. Though it's categorized as a romantic suspense, the romance is really not the forefront of this novel. Callie and Levi are already engaged at the beginning of the story, so we don't get to see them fall in love, but we do see how that love is tested.
I enjoyed Unforeseeable, more so toward the last half of the book, where the story became more intriguing.
***I received this book from the publisher/author for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Posted September 20, 2013
Wow!! This is the third book in this series that I have read, and each on as good as the other. Loved my return visit with my friends. We are continuing on with Callie and Levi, and hoping that Callie's problems will work out.
Now a serial killer has entered the Mennonite town of Kingdom, Kansas. The town is quickly turned upside down. With the killings having stopped 20 years ago, and now starting up again. Will we loose some of our friends here?
Callie has a lot of skeletons in her closet, and she doesn't seem to realize they are even there. Levi is also dealing with a lot of opposition to his being such a young pastor and not being married. Will these two be able to soon be married?
Be ready for a lot of action, including blizzard, and accidents. Also once you believe you know who is the murderer, beware!! You are probably wrong! I didn't figure it all out. Loved it!! Enjoy!
I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review
Posted September 18, 2013
Thank you Bethany House for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
When I pick up one of Nancy Mehl's books, I don't want to put it down. Sometimes it takes me a few pages to get into the story, but once I'm in, I'm all in. Unforeseeable was no exception. Nancy has a way of making her characters very human. They have real fears, faults, weaknesses and strengths.
Once again the residents of Kingdom, who have tried so hard to insulate themselves from the world, find themselves violated by the world's evil. A body is found just outside Kingdom bringing fear and suspicion. Meanwhile, as Callie is preparing for her marriage to Levi, she finds herself confronting anger issues. She must delve into the causes and determine what to do about it. Can she really be a Mennonite pastor's wife? Levi has a secret, or two, or three... what does he know about the murders? Does he truly love her?
As is Mehl's style in the Road to Kingdom series, multiple storylines intersect and enhance each other as the reader, and the residents, try to figure out whodunit? I had it figured out this time, really I did. Until... a couple of chapters from the end... wham! Out comes a bit of information that I really didn't expect. Then, a few pages later, wham! Again! There were big surprises in the ending of this book. I hope it's not the end of The Road to Kingdom.
Posted September 13, 2013
Unforeseeable is the third installment in the Road to Kingdom series. I have really enjoyed the suspense and developing relationships in these stories.
In Unforeseeable, we follow Callie and Levi's relationship. Levi has just been named the new pastor for Kingdom. He is young and is facing some opposition from certain members of the community.
Callie has recently lost her father and become engaged to Levi. Callie is uncertain about a lot of things in her life. In this book, we learn more about the cause behind this uncertainty.
In Unforeseeable, the citizens of Kingdom learn that there is a serial killer loose. This killer used to kill twenty years ago. After a hiatus, he is back and his reach is extending into Kingdom.
Will Callie and her friends be able to figure out the identity of the killer? Who will be his next target? Will Callie determine the desires of her heart? Is she following God or just following in the customs of her father?
This is an excellent addition to the Kingdom series. I received a complimentary copy of Unforeseeable from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Posted September 11, 2013
Unforeseeable, Road to Kingdom Series by Nancy Mehl
Callie Hoffman has loved Levi Housler since grade school but thought he had never noticed her. She is now newly engaged to him. Levi is the newly appointed Mennonite pastor, some parishioners think he is to young to be pastor. It seems a serial killer has targeted their secluded community. "Murder and meatloaf just don't go together," Lizzie grumbled in the restaurant Callie was employed at. Can the newly appointed Sherriff protect the people of Kingdom? It seems not when the killer gets too close. Now they are pointing fingers at Levi. Callie has noticed some changes in Levi and she is questioning his love. Will they survive this test? The author Nancy Mehl has done a magnificent job keeping me guessing as to who has done it. She has interweaved faith among the action and suspense of this Christian Romantic Suspense Fiction. This is the third book in her Road to Kingdom series, I know if you pick it up you will enjoy it as much as I have. I want to thank the author Nancy Mehl and publisher for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me.
Posted September 9, 2013
Unforeseeable is a wonderful read. This suspense filled story keeps you guessing who could be the serial killer. There are so many surprises throughout and to me the biggest surprise was the ending. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 9, 2013
The best part of the Road to Kingdom Series by best selling author - Nancy Mehl has been the unique blending of two of my favorite genre's to create something unforgettable in each of the novels that keeps me coming back for more. In this series of novels Nancy has taken your typical Christian Amish Fiction and twisted it so seamlessly with a great suspense murder, you think this is how all novels should be written. I think you shouldn't be able to tell the genre's apart and I think Nancy has created a unique nichè that is all her own.
While Unforeseeable is the third and final novel in the series, you can definitely pick this one up and read it as a stand alone and still gain the appreciation that fans from the beginning have experienced along the way. Callie Hoffman is the owner of town's cafè and works alongside her soon to be sister-in-law, Lizzie Housler. She is anticipating her upcoming wedding to the newly elected pastor, Levi Housler, Lizzie's brother, but some in the town of Kingdom believe he is far too young to take on the responsibilities of leading the church.
When the body of a woman is found just outside of town, soon the true nightmare begins. The sheriff comes to the local town gathering in the cafè to inform the residents that he believes that a serial killer has once again emerged and has begun to take his killing spree into the heart of Kingdom. He advises all women to make sure that they are with someone and never to venture outside alone. Pretty soon, like most small towns gossip gets the best of people and fingers are pointed into who may be the killer living among the small town of Kingdom. Just when you think you have it figured out, Nancy spins the tale into a completely different direction and soon you'll be left wondering just who is it and how many more lives of the women living in Kingdom will be claimed to the person responsible for committing the crimes just as a monstrous blizzard makes a direct path into town.
I received Unforeseeable by Nancy Mehl compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for a favorable review. By far, this is my favorite of all three books in the series. Not only have I gotten the chance to know each of the main characters in the previous novels, I absolutely loved the elements that Nancy has twisted together to make this one work and compel me to finish the final page before setting it down. That to me, is a sign of a great book. I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my personal opinion.
Posted August 31, 2013
Nancy Mehl has written another incredible murder mystery.... and managed to throw in the Old-Order Mennonites and romance!! I received this book this week and had it finished within one day. I was mad that I got sleepy and had to quit reading. I was doing my best to figure out "whodunit" but I was guessing all the way to the end. I never did figure it out correctly and to me, that is the sign of a great mystery writer: keeping readers on their toes! I truly enjoyed the quiet little town of Kingdom, Kansas, too, and wished I lived there too. It helped that snow was plentiful in the story as I adore snow.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers, Bethany House, and the author, in exchange for my honest review.
Posted August 23, 2013
What An Ending!
I've dried my tears so now I can see to write my review. If you haven't read any of Nancy Mehl's books I
highly recommend that you do. I promise that you will never be disappointed. This author is one of my
Unforeseeable is the last book of this series, Road To Kingdom. I loved the first two books Inescapable and
Unbreakable. Was it possible that I would love this book as well? Not only did I love it, I believe, in my
opinion, it was the best one. Why you might ask? Because this book brought closure to many of the
characters in the first two books. I loved the suspense! I loved the mystery! I loved the romance! I fell in love
with the characters.
I actually felt like I was living in Kingdom while reading this. I was so caught up in some of the scenes that
if I would have been a nail biter, I wouldn't have any nails left! I was so drawn in and riveted to every word.
My emotions ran high in this book. Fear and anxiety in many cases, laughter and tears in some scenes.
Author Nancy Mehl brings out a message in this book too. For me, it was to fully trust and rely on God,
that He is definitely in control. Another thought is, we have choices of our own to make in life and not
choices because of what others have taught us or expect us to make.
I can't wait to read more books by this great author!
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinions in this book are
mine alone. Thank you Bethany House and author Nancy Mehl.
Posted August 23, 2013
Nancy Mehl's third Road to Kingdom book is just as gripping as the first two. Callie Hoffman has lived in Kingdom all her life. She has felt secure and happy or so she thinks. When a young woman's body if found just outside of town, Kingdom is once again being threatened from the outside world. The feelings of security have been shattered for the residence. The police think the murder may be linked to a serial killer. And just when Callie begins to question her own sense of well being, she must also question her future and whether to marry Levi, the new pastor, or not.
The murder and up coming wedding bring to light memories from Callie's childhood that she is not ready to face. Has she ever made any choices for herself? Has she only accepted what others have taught her or shown her? Does she know exactly what she wants or where she wants to be? When Levi starts acting different after the body is found, does she really want to marry him? What secrets is he keeping from her? These are the questions and answers that Callie must face and figure out before she can decide which path to take from the present. Then a blast from her past shows up in Kingdom. What will Callie do when the truth comes out?
The murder, her future and her life leave Callie feeling confused and scared. When her life comes is threatened, Callie must make some decisions but what will they be??
The whole series has been a great read. I wish the books would continue so we can see where the residents of Kingdom, a town in the midst of change, will go. What path will they choose for their town? Will they be able to decide just how far they will allow the outside world to come into their lives?