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.About the Author....Nancy Mehl, the author of 12 books, received an ACFW Carol Award in 2009 for her novel For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW andRWA. She writes from her home in Wichita, Kansas, where shelives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. Visit her website at www.nancymehl.com.Book Trailer . . .
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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.
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