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Inescapable

Inescapable

Written by Nancy Mehl

Narrated by Brooke Sanford Heldman


Inescapable

Written by Nancy Mehl

Narrated by Brooke Sanford Heldman

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4/5 (41 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
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Released:
Jul 1, 2012
ISBN:
9781621880387
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.

Publisher:
Released:
Jul 1, 2012
ISBN:
9781621880387
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Nancy Mehl (www.nancymehl.com) is the author of more than 40 books and a Christy Award and Carol Award finalist as well as the winner of an ACFW Book of the Year award. Her short story, Chasing Shadows, was in the USA Today bestselling Summer of Suspense anthology. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson.

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  • (4/5)
    I am newly familiar with Nancy Mehl, but quickly read 4 of her books. I love how she ties in non-Mennonites and Mennonites stories living together in a small town. She intertwines their stories to where you want to read more. Her characters are fun to get to know and the story is entertaining.Inescapable is an engaging book about Lizzie, who ends up returning to her hometown after escaping years before. She learns that people and situations aren't always what we perceive. I can't wait to see where books 2 and 3 take her!I received this book from the publisher, but that did not affect my review. These are my thoughts after reading Inescapable by Nancy Mehl.
  • (4/5)
    I'm not a big fan of the Amish/Mennonite genre that seems to be all the rage in Christian fiction in recent years. So, I was a bit hesitant to read Inescapable. This was also the first book by Mehl that I have read. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised-I REALLY enjoyed it. I know a lot of people will be put off by the first person point of view, but I actually enjoy them. I enjoyed the story line quite a bit. There were parts that were predictable though. I easily figured out who the "bad guy" was pretty early on. There were quite a few unexpected twists that kept me on my toes to make up for that. I also felt the ending was just a little rushed.As I am not normally a fan of the Amish/Mennonite genre, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed that aspect of the story line. I also liked how Mehl worked in the themes of forgiveness and mercy. I found the struggle between tradition and God's mercy to be intriguing. It was interesting to see how the older church members concentrated so much on God's judgement, almost to the point of losing the importance of God's loving mercy. This is something that I certainly see in the modern world as well. I also felt that Lizzie's struggle with forgiveness true to life. She doesn't feel God can forgive her for her past sins, as she struggles with forgiving her father for his harshness towards her.Overall, I really enjoyed Inescapable and am looking forward to reading more from Nancy Mehl. I am especially looking forward to reading more in the Road to Kingdom series.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 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."
  • (5/5)
    A great view of Old Order Mennonite life...Kingdom KS. We follow the life of Elizabeth Lynn Engel, or Lizzie as she is known, and her delightful 6 year old Charity.Lizzie has vowed never to return to Kingdom, but circumstance force her to do so. She is welcomed with open warm arms...by most everyone. Her Dad being one of the people who still doesn't want her around.I found most of the character's here to be so very loving and living a Righteous Life. You find God speaking to them, and I found myself wanting to live and visit with them.There is a lot that goes on in the story...stalking, embezzlement, threatening letters, murder, and when you think you have it all figured out, you don't. Loved how the story wrapped up! A really great and wonderful read!! Don't Miss!I received this book Litfuse and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review
  • (3/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    I'm watching you. It's just a matter of time before I get youand your little girl. You'll never get away from me.Fear and panic rose inside of Elizabeth Lynn Engel once again as she held the blue envelope now torn open in her hands and read the note again. Just who is this person outside her home with a red cap lingering in the shadows watching her? What does he want?She will do anything she can to protect her and her six-year-old daughter, Charity. Despite all the accusations of Lizzie stealing money from Harbor House, she can't prove she didn't do it. The evidence is so overwhelming against her, she fears the only answer now is running back to Kingdom, Kansas.Back to the life she lived in her childhood. She ran away from there once when she learned she was pregnant and her father refused to let her live there any longer. Ashamed and lost, she feels her life has come full circle and the only place remaining she can turn to is back to her home and hopes that the last five years has healed the wounds in her parents hearts.In the latest suspense novel from author Nancy Mehl, Inescapable takes us into the heart of a prodigal daughter returning home to escape a threat that seeks to bring harm not only to her but to her daughter as well. Lizzie's only hope is that enough time has passed and perhaps her parents are ready to make amends. But there is more awaiting her in Kingdom besides her family, her childhood friend Noah Housler is still there and has vowed since childhood to always protect her. Is it possible he still feels the same way as he did when he was a child towards her? Will Lizzie and her daughter, Charity find a safe haven or will every place they turn, be a place they can no longer hide from the terror that continues to pursue them and put everyone she loves in danger?I received Inescapable, the first novel in the Road to Kingdom Series by Nancy Mehl, compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I was captivated from the first chapter and could not put this one down until I knew who was hunting down Lizzie and Charity Engel. If you love a bit of suspense in your novels along with some Romance, then I just know you will want to pick this one up. I will be following this series through to the end. Nancy creates such amazing characters and details in her story, you feel as though you've been there and know these people personally. You'll find yourself rooting for them the entire way through the novel. I for one, would love to visit a place like Kingdom. It seems times are a changing, and the changes are definitely going to make the town a perfect place to live and raise a family. This one rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    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!
  • (5/5)
    Inescapable is an excellent read! It provides a little mystery, drama, romance and provides an insight into the Amish/Mennonite culture in a tasteful manner. However, I found the first few chapters a little hard to get into but once I reached chapter 4 I was hooked. I could not put the book down from start to finish (finished the book in less than 24 hours). I would now like to know when Book 2 is coming out! I would really like to find out what happens to Lizzie, Noah, Charity and Lizzie’s parents. Inescapable was a very good book with a nice time line that gradually built to a climax at the end of the book. I will be recommending this book to others!
  • (5/5)
    '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!
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. It took a little time to get into the book, but then it went really great. The author had obviously worked hard on her story board as the story flowed very well. It kept me interested in the progression of the mystery in the story until the very end. The danger was exciting as well as the Mennonite flavor. Always hard to go back home.
  • (2/5)
    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.
  • (3/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    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!
  • (5/5)
    God focus, intrigue and love! Love all of this author’s books.
  • (5/5)
    The amazing narrator
    By far the best I have ever heard
  • (5/5)
    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 starsDisclosure 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.”
  • (3/5)
    This was an enjoyable read.

    Elizabeth and her daughter have to leave Kansas City and head back to Elizabeth's home town due to some bad luck.
    In this town with bad memories lots of good things start happening.

    Although I really liked it - I also had a few issues with it. A few things just thrown in there for dramatic effect maybe.

    I don't think this book stood out - it has the same story line of a lot of books that I read but I enjoyed it.
  • (3/5)
    Lizzie Engel ran away from home as a teen because of her pregnancy and the attitudes of the people in her small Mennonite town. Now she’s running back home because she’s been fired, falsely accused and is being stalked. But Lizzie has no idea what to expect when she returns, along with her young daughter, to Kingdom, the one place to which she thought she’d never return.Lizzie finds Kingdom is everything—and nothing—that she remembers. Some people are still pretty closed-minded while others are more progressive than she ever would have imagined. As she begins to settle in and rediscover not only the town but her faith, Lizzie is constantly reminded of the lurking danger that followed her home.INESCAPABLE is part suspense and part romance. It’s also part women’s fiction as Nancy Mehl draws a realistic picture of a young mother, a woman still searching for her place in the world as an adult even as she is responsible for a child. In Kingdom, old hurts and old feelings color Lizzie’s perceptions of people and circumstances, but over time, she begins to see how her immaturity years ago may have heightened her sensitivity and blinded her to the full context underlying the actions of others. This is a story about family and forgiveness. There’s a simplicity in the prose that mirrors the simplicity of the Mennonite faith. However, both are more complex than they appear on the surface. Where Mehl’s writing soars is in the narrative, her descriptions of setting, characters, and even the Mennonite faith, those descriptions vivid and easy to digest. Mehl is definitely a storyteller, able to wind the multiple threads of the story into a tightly wrapped and satisfying climax while keeping the readers largely guessing until the end. Fans of Amish and Mennonite fiction will enjoy INESCAPABLE.
  • (5/5)
    InescapableNancy MehlBook Description: 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. Review: I enjoyed the characters, town and story line. It was just enough suspense with plenty of breaks to enjoy meeting all the people in the town and I enjoyed the storyline it was a fun fast pace story that is engrossing. The descriptions of the town and the people were vivid. It made for a quick read and enjoyable overall. The downside was ‘who did it’ that was not so hard to figure out. Despite that the ending was exciting and made reading it worthwhile. The entire book was enjoyable and looking forward to part 2.I would like to thank Library Thing and Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
  • (3/5)
    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.