Friday, 20 July 2012

Book Review: Inescapable by Nancy Mehl

About the Book:  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.

My Thoughts: Due to my own Mennonite heritage (though not Old Order) I was definitely intrigued by this book!

There were so many angles to this storyline - the suspense over who was following her and who was sending her the notes and was it the same person or were two different people involved, two possible love interests, dealing with faith and fear, dealing with forgiveness and bitterness, the relationship between Lizzie and her father, the relationship between Lizzie's parents, the relationship between grace and law, the relationship between Lizzie and Noah, the relationship between Lizzie and Charity's father, Lizzie's struggles as a single mom, the relationship between Lizzie and God.  I'd say relationships permeated the story, which enriched it and made it full, vibrant and realistic.

I really loved all the different characters in this novel - so many different types of people, from old to young, quirky to sensible, funny to serious and almost everything in between.  The only character I found slightly unrealistic was Lizzie's daughter, Charity who seemed just a little too sweet and cherub-like to be real, at least in my own experience with our 4 kids.

All in all, a great read with a satisfying ending.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

Sounds like a book I'd be interested in reading!

Oh, and I also HATE it when young kids are presented in such a wonderful and perfect light! Get real!!


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