Mehl’s second Road to Kingdom novel (Inescapable, 2012) brings her readers back to Kingdom, Kansas, a Mennonite town struggling to balance the tenets of faith with the ever-encroaching modern world. Hope Kauffman is wholly satisfied with her Mennonite way of life, but she begins to question church doctrine regarding violence as it becomes clear someone is targeting the people of Kingdom. Two men represent opposite sides of Hope’s wavering ideals. Ebbie Miller, Hope’s fiancée and best friend, firmly opposes the use of violence under any circumstance, choosing instead to have faith in God. Jonathon Wiese believes that God gave people the ability to defend themselves. Hope must confront her feelings on doctrine, the outside world, and the men in her life as she becomes a target of the violence. Mehl’s take on the middle road that Mennonites choose to walk is both engaging and informative. She is able to respectfully portray a struggle foreign to most readers while at the same time providing that romantic drama readers of her prior fiction know and love. --Carolyn Richard
From the Back Cover
Gentle and unassuming, Hope Kauffman has never been one to question the traditions of her Mennonite upbringing. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and has agreed to the betrothal he arranged for her with the devout but shy Ebbie Miller.
Despite the attempts of Hope and other Kingdom residents to maintain the status quo, changes have already begun to stir in the small Mennonite town. The handsome and charismatic Jonathon Wiese is the leader of the move to reform, while Ebbie insists Kingdom must remain true to its foundation. When Hope's safety is threatened by a mysterious outsider, she can't help but question what she's always been taught about the Mennonite tradition of nonviolence.
As it swiftly becomes apparent the threat Hope faced is only the beginning, the town that's always stood so strong finds itself divided. With tensions high and their lives endangered by an unknown enemy, will Hope and the people of Kingdom allow fear and division to break them or will they draw on the strength of the God they serve?
"This story has everything: suspense, romance, mystery and some bad guys. Its characters are well written and thought out. Mehl brings the Mennonite ways to life and shows us that sometimes we need to take a stand and let our voices be heard." --RT Book Reviews
"Like the preceding series title, Inescapable, this tale of suspense offers a colorful cast of characters, small-town drama, and a hint of romance." --Library Journal
"Mehl's take on the middle road that Mennonites choose to walk is both engaging and informative. She is able to respectfully portray a struggle foreign to most readers while at the same time providing that romantic drama readers of her prior fiction know and love." --Booklist
Nancy Mehl is the author of thirteen books and received the 2009 ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW. Nancy lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson, in Wichita, Kansas.