Inescapable (Road to Kingdom Book #1)

Inescapable (Road to Kingdom Book #1)

by Nancy Mehl

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441271105
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Series: Road to Kingdom , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 155,035
File size: 795 KB

About 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
Nancy Mehl ( is the author of more than thirty books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice series. She 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. She is part of The Suspense Sisters:, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.

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Inescapable 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book looking forward to reading more by this author.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
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.***
JudeTX More than 1 year ago
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.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
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.
Apassion4pages More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Kept my attention.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After seeing the cover and reading a synopsis of the story line, I couldn't wait to start reading this book. I have always been a fan of Amish & Mennonite fiction as well as a mystery fan and this book seemed to be a great combination. I could not become interested in this book enough to read it eagerly though I did manage to make it to the end. I have never encountered Mennonites as strict as those in this book and that may have been the problem. I could not identify with the characters or the situations, making the book a lot less enjoyable to me. It was an okay read but I won't be reading the other books in this series.
BrookeYvonne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Inescapable was a nice read. I was very excited when I won it, because the plot appeared to be so intriguing. I¿m not a huge fan of Mennonite books, but this one was good. It was the first time I¿ve read this type of book with some action and suspense. It held my attention the entire time and left me wondering how it was going to end, which was nice for a change. I would recommend this book for those that like the Amish/Mennonite books and want to throw in some suspense.
Davidvoz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was drawn into the book immediately and didn't want to put it down! I really liked the characters and the plot. I felt like I wanted more in the beginning of the story when she was dealing with the issue at her job. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot throughout the book because I kept trying to figure out who the bad guy was but it was never clear until the very end. I am usually pretty good at figuring out the ending, but this one kept me in suspense the whole way through. I also wanted more at the end of the story because I didn't want it to end.
aussiegrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the idea of the story and I liked the characters she was developing. Unfortunately I don't know if it is because I was reading an ARC, but it was very choppy and didn't really read well to me. Definitely felt like I was reading a rough draft. If she writes another one in this series I think I will give it a try to see if it is the actual writing style or was just because it was an ARC. I really did enjoy the characters and the town.
polarmath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading the cover, I wanted to dive into this book and keep reading. I was not disappointed. The book kept me wondering what would happen next and who would be responsible for what was happening. I had to wonder how it would work out for Lizzie and her daughter Charity. It was also interesting to see each character's different takes on forgiveness and how the treated Lizzie and her daughter.
crazy4reading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a Christian Fiction book. I do like reading them but sometimes it is annoying to have the little snippets of God.The story is about a woman named Elizabeth and her daughter Charity. She was originally from a Mennonite town and left after she became pregnant.She has lost God since her trouble in Kingdom. She was living in Kansas City when she is accused of stealing money. She is afraid of losing her daughter Charity. So she runs back to Kingdom. Charity's father shows up when Elizabeth and Charity arrive in Kingdom. Elizabeth is confused as to her faith in God, her feelings for her father, her feelings for Charity's father Clay and an old friend Noah. Lizzie finally turns to God for answers and begins opening up her heart and mind to him again.I knew right away who was her true love and who she needed to stay away from. It was still an good story.
jurai2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I could not put it down. Mehl's writing reminds me of Dee Henderson, one of my favorite Christian suspense writers, and I cannot wait to read more her work.Kingdom, KS could be any small religious community in the United States. After reading so many books that revolve around Amish culture, it was refreshing to read a book that takes place in a Mennonite town.
myoldkyhome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! Being a fan of this genre of books I thoroughly enjoyed Inescapable. I read the entire book in one day. The suspense of the story just kept it flowing. I am looking forward to Book Two. Nancy Mehl is truly a talented writer.
TammyPhillips on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Nancy Mehl got it just right in her new book, Inescapable. It was a page turner. She mixed just the right amount of suspense, romance, anticipation, sweetness, character development, and mystery to keep me guessing. I would rank her story in the same league with Dee Henderson...and she is my all-time favorite Christian Suspense Romance author. My only complaint is that the story ended. I want more!
Godsgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. The descriptions were so vivid that you really got a feel for the story. As an unmarried Mom, Lizzie shows an example of unconditional for her child. Good message on forgiveness and commitment to others. Will be passing this book on to friends.
sisterl2000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down. I had to empathize with Lizzie as she felt she had no choice but to leave her Menonite home and now has no choice but to return. She finds that her childhood town has changed and her mother welcomes her with open arms. Unfortunately, her father does not. It is a good read with the added plus of no sex, profanity, or vampires - something hard to find in today's literary world.
charitysuzanne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Framed for a crime she didn't commit, and trying to escape a stalker, Lizzie is compelled to return home to the tiny Mennonite community that she ran away from years ago. Mixing romance and mystery, this novel will keep you guessing until the very end. It was an entertaining story that kept me up reading way too late!
DynamicUno on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was really intrigued when I found out this book took place in an Amish-type (Mennonite) village where a murder occurs. For some reason murder and Amish just don't go together, so I wanted to find out what the story was and what happened. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this ARC (even with the storyline mistakes and typos). The characters worm their way into your heart and you suddenly find yourself wondering what they are going to do next. I especially like how the author explored the cliche--"you can never go home again" and turned it on its ear. "Inescapable" is about relationships and trusting in God, especially when it seems like no one else believes in you. The tension and the plot kept me reading on the edge of my seat because I wanted to figure out who was after Lizzie and Charity. I also enjoyed that "Sleeping Beauty" is part of the storyline because it's one of my favorite fairy tales. (I wonder if Noah has any other brothers who are my age and someone else doesn't have their eyes on?) I can't wait to read other books in this series to find out more about the other townspeople and how Charity adapts to life in Kingdom.
JoCCarter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very good book centered around the Mennonite faith and how it is having to change with the times. The main character, Lizzie, had to leave the community when she had a baby out of wedlock, but circumstances forced her to return. Someone is stalking her and she does not know why. As she settles back into the community, she realizes that the stalker has followed her to the place where she thought she would be safe. The story is full of intrigue, romance, change, and healing. Great book! Cannot wait to read the next in this new series.
cyndidd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lizzie returns to Kingdom, Kansas unsure of how welcoming the town will be. But after she is wrongly accused, she chooses to run from her problems, and return to her childhood home. She quickly finds out that not everyone is like her dad; some people actually welcome her back home.Noah is glad to see Lizzie again. He always liked the sweet girl. And he is quickly finding out how much he still cares for her. As their friendship rekindles, Lizzie learns to trust again. But how far can she trust him?The stalker that was harassing Lizzie in the city has also moved to Kingdom. She doesn't know how he found her, who he is, or what he wants. She only knows that she has no where else to go. There is no escape.~~~~~~~~~~Having never really read a book whose characters were solely Mennonites, I had a hard time getting into this one. I typically read the Amish fiction ones. But, once I read more about Lizzie's life and started wondering who the stalker was... well, I got hooked. I have already referred this book to others, telling them how much I enjoyed it.
jbbkelsey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
'Inescapable' by Nancy Mehl is a really good book. It kept my attention from beginning to end. I really feel this book falls under 3 categories; it is amish fiction, a good mystery and a romance. It kept me guessing about the villain throughout the book. I am going to look at the other books she has written, since I now like this book by Mehl. A very good book!
amcreech on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lizzie Engel grew up in a Mennonite household with a very judgmental father. After she had a child out of wedlock she ran away and made a new life for herself and her daughter. When her new life takes a terrible turn she is forced to return to her home. In returning home she realizes that everything and everyone were not as bad as she remembered. When her problems follow her back to her hometown she must try to put the pieces of the puzzle together to save herself and in her daughter. In the process she must learn who she can trust, who truly loves her and who has their own agenda to fulfill their own selfish desires. This was a great book that I really enjoyed. Thank you to Nancy Mehl and LibraryThing for giving me opportunity to read it.
croknot1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a page turner for me, but nice reading all the same. The Mennonites I know are a far cry from those described in the book, but they are integrated into society, not in their own town.All in all, a good read.