Book Review: Unbreakable

12 Feb

209284_w185Gentle 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?

Excerpt

NMehl-62Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband Norman and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored fourteen books and is currently at work on a new series for Bethany House Publishing. All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.” Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: www.nancymehl.com or her blog.

My Impressions:

If February finds you yearning for some romance, pick up Nancy Mehl’s latest in the Road to Kingdom series, Unbreakable. Though it is book 2 in the series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. The residents of the small Kansas town of Kingdom  strive to live a separate life. The Mennonite community keeps itself separate from its more worldly neighbors. But a recent outbreak of violence against churches inserts itself into its midst. The Mennonite tradition of non-violent resistance to evil is put to the test.

Hope Kaufman’s normally quiet life is upset when she is attacked not once, but twice. A good friend is murdered and she has two men who profess to love her. Hope’s predictable and ordered life is soon replaced by confusion and doubt. Struggling to make sense of what she believes and God’s direction for her life, Hope prays for God’s wisdom in all facets of her life.

I found Unbreakable a little slow at first. There is a great deal of discussion between characters on the most prudent course to take in the threats against town’s people. But towards the middle the action heats up and the suspense takes off. I liked the characters, although I was frustrated with Hope, a twenty-six year old woman who lets her father make many of her decisions. The frustration with her character subsided as she grew and decided to take charge of her own life.

If you like romantic suspense or novels involving an Amish theme you will like Unbreakable. (Although the town’s residents are Mennonites, they have succeeded in separating themselves from worldly influence, much like the Amish.)

Recommended.

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(I received Unbreakable from Bethany and LitFuse in return for a review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

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Celebrate with Nancy Mehl by entering her Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVPing to the March 5th Author Chat Party on Facebook!

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One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Books 1 & 2 in the Road to Kingdom series by Nancy Mehl

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 4th. Winner will be announced at The Unbreakable Author Chat Party on March 5th. Connect with Nancy, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be gift certificates, books, and fun Mennonite-themed giveaways

Grab your copy of Unbreakable and join Nancy on the evening of the March 5th 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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