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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 25.4mm | 347g
  • Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • 0764209272
  • 9780764209277
  • 1,229,431

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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.

"Mehl does a remarkable job of showcasing the lifestyle of the Mennonites against the backdrop of a modern mystery as Lizzie revisits her roots and has a chance to heal childhood wounds. Any reader with a difficult past will appreciate the way Mehl gently removes layers of old lies and insecurities, leaving Lizzie whole again while, as in most small-town tales, featuring a cast of colorful and endearing characters along with a few unsavory types. The uniqueness of Mennonite living makes this story a refreshing change from Amish romances and mainstream contemporary suspense." --Booklist

"Mystery and intrigue surround richly detailed characters fighting both for their lives and to right wrongs. Suspenseful without being over the top, this is a story with many twists and turns and will keep readers guessing until the end." -Romantic Times

"Like the preceding series title, Inescapable, this tale of suspense offers a colorful cast of characters, small-town drama, and a hint of romance. A sure bet for fans of Hannah Alexander." --Library Journal
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About Nancy Mehl

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
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2,558 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
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4 36% (932)
3 18% (473)
2 5% (127)
1 2% (51)

Our customer reviews

At eighteen years old, Lizzie Engel left her hometown of Kingdom and her Mennonite faith, planning never to return. But five years later, the appearance of a mysterious stalker drives her back to the safety of the little unknown community. Although she is unsure of the reception her parents and former friends will give her, she knows that the paranoia of the town will only work to her advantage. As she begins to settle back into her hometown life, she renews old friendships, especially that of Noah Housler. But soon, her problems follow her to Kingdom and it becomes even harder to know who to trust. Nancy Mehl has written an excellent suspense novel with a Mennonite twist. She succeeds in portraying a splinter group with cult-like tendencies which moved away from civilization many years before. Anyone who has watched the news in recent years knows this type of thing does happen, and of course is not limited to one belief or denomination. The Mennonite angle really excited me when I first saw the novel. As I have said in previous reviews, although I enjoy the Amish novels, for the most part they have almost run out of ideas. Now that everyone is moving on to the Shakers, Quakers, and Mennonites, it is obvious that the Christian fiction genre will not be returning to the lackluster blandness of the past. Kudos to Ms. Mehl for continuing to raise the standard for Christian authors. 5 stars Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group<> book review bloggers 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."show more
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