“Unforeseeable” Road to Kingdom Book #3, by Nancy Mehl, book review
Callie Hoffman is working at the restaurant when a body is discovered on the road into Kingdom, the Mennonite community in Kansas, which she calls home. The residents of Kingdom are shocked! They are a close knit conservative group that care for their own. And now they feel threatened and violated. The newly appointed pastor, Levi, tries to calm the folks, but when his missing book is found on the body, he is questioned by the KBI.
The personalities of the residents become more intense as the investigation continues. Some older members do not think Levi should be the new pastor, as he is young and unmarried. Others are pleased to see the younger generation beginning to take the leadership as the congregational leaders are aging.
This is the third book in the “Road to Kingdom” series, so many of the characters are familiar from the 1st 2 books, although a bit of time has passed. But the author gives enough history so that if you missed the other books in the series, you will still be able to follow the plot. This book focuses on the Mennonite faith, which is not as controlling or conservative as the Amish, but still quite accountable to the pastor and other male leaders. These leaders decide on such things as use of electricity, color of women’s dresses, who may move into the community. Many feel comforted by such rules and regulations, while others are constricted and long for life in the “world.” I did enjoy the book. I have read book #2, so some of the characters were familiar. It was interesting to see how some communities can really isolate their members from the evils of the world, and how that makes them feel safe. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy mysteries, but appreciate the Christian view point.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher Bethany House, as a member of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman and their dog, Watson. She’s authored thirteen books and is currently at work on her newest 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. “It’s a part of me and of everything I think or do. 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 especially for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”
She and her husband attend Believer’s Tabernacle in Wichita.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Mystery, Romance, and Suspense Seamlessly Combined in a Mennonite Small-Town Setting
Callie Hoffman knows she has a good life in Kingdom, Kansas. She’s thrilled to be engaged to Levi Housler, the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church, and she spends her days working with her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Lizzie Housler, at Cora’s Cafe.
However, Callie’s idyllic life is interrupted when a body is discovered on the road outside Kingdom and the deceased turns out to be a victim of a serial killer. As Washington County’s new sheriff begins questioning Kingdom residents, Callie and the rest of the town are appalled at the prospect of a killer among them. The very reason Kingdom exists is to protect the people from the temptations and dangers of the outside world, but all the town founders’ attempts to plan ahead couldn’t prevent a threat like this.
Unsettled at this unforeseen danger, Callie is concerned when it appears Levi knows more than he’s telling. Desperate to find answers for herself, Callie never expected that she’d have to face some of her own past’s skeletons.
As Callie and the residents of Kingdom fear this danger for which they never planned, they must learn anew that only God knows the future and their trust must always lie in Him.