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 take: Maybe it's the fact that, prior to this book, I'd never read any Mennonite fiction. Maybe it's the fact that I have Mennonite roots. Or maybe it's the fact that I'm originally from Kansas. Whatever it is, I found great enjoyment in reading this book!
I found myself swept into Lizzie's journey from the first page, and I was especially invested in her relationships with Clay (the father of her daughter Charity) and Noah. Mehl did a great job of making each man seem appealing—though I knew who I wanted Lizzie to be with, I wasn't entirely sure where Mehl was going with the love triangle. One of my favorite characters was Charity—she was completely adorable, and I totally understood her obsession with "nice" potties. I also loved seeing the changes in the Mennonite community as the book progressed.
The only thing I didn't love about the book came near the end. Mehl uses first person (from Lizzie's perspective) to tell the story, which works very well most of the time. But at a pivotal moment, Lizzie doesn't witness what happens. I wish I could have "seen" the action as it was happening, rather than read about it later. However, that's really a minor issue when you look at the entire book. I loved it, and I'll definitely be reading book two when it's released next spring! 4-1/2 out of 5 stars.
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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 www.nancymehl.com.
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