I discovered Nancy Mehl earlier this year and was excited to read her latest novel. I found it a little hard to get into, perhaps it was the first-person that it was written in? I never really connected with the main character. I will say though that the story was good and while the immanent danger facing Lizzie wound up being not at all who I thought it would be, it was a little melodramatic.
I found the character of Lizzie's father to be my favorite. Not because he was a nice guy, because he was pretty much a shrewd, but because he is a true reflection of many people in the church. People that I've come face to face with. He was written well and hopefully will make some people open their eyes to the damage they do to those around them.
From the back cover:
Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen she left her Mennonite hometown, Kingdom, Kansas, with plans to never 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.
This book was provided for review by Bethany House.