Friday, July 13, 2012

Litfuse Book Review- Inescapable

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 Review:

Inescapable was a nice read. Having never read a "Mennonite" book it was an immediate change, that I liked. I enjoyed having an inside view to their lives. They shared many similarities with their Amish cousins, such as setting themselves apart from the world and abstaining from "worldly" pleasures just to name a few. However, in this book we see that change has arrived to the Mennonites. They began to feel the yearning to show the love of Christ and His mercy not just stress strict regulations and Gods utmost demand for holiness upon the people. They begin changing their ancient ways and opt for the modern. I immensely enjoyed the change of hearts process. 

Writing in first person has its ups and downs. I did not enjoy the first person writing style in this story. I would have loved to see what the other characters were thinking and feeling during key points in the story. First person is supposed to acquaint you well with the specific character, but at times I felt like I was merely reading not being emotionally drawn to the characters woes and sorrows. 

The author did a good job at totally keep you aloof to the villainous behaviors of some characters. If it had not been for a friend of mine who spilled, I would have not guessed who was behind the sinister plot. Nancy built your suspense level to full peak. Writing in first person was to the writers advantage in keeping the suspense, because there was no way you would know what the other characters were thinking.

Another very refreshing aspect to this book was the continual ministration sessions of the heart. Throughout the book we repeatedly see Gods loving hand and gentle persistence with Lizzie. As mentioned earlier we also saw how God even touched the hearts of the Mennonite congregation. 

Overall Inescapable was a pleasant read. I enjoyed the humorous parts of this book. I literally Laughed-Out-Loud more then once. The writing, though not my favorite was easy to read and you were still able to enjoy the story plot. I give Nancy's Inescapable a 4 out of 5.

I received Inescapable for free, from Litfuse, in exchange for my honest opinion.

You can purchase this book at CBD.

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 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

One winner will receive:
A Handmade Mennonite Quilt
A copy of Inescapable by Nancy Mehl

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 25th. Winner will be announced at the "Inescapable" Author Chat Facebook Party on 7/26. Nancy will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills (how much do you know about the Mennonites?) and giving away some great prizes!

So grab your copy of Inescapable and join Nancy on the evening of the July 26th for a chance to connect with Nancy and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

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