Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her Mennonite hometown, Kingdom, Kansas, with plans never to 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.
Nancy Mehl excels at creating realistic communities filled with complex characters and Kingdom doesn't disappoint. This tale is as much about the growing pains of the Mennonite town as it is about Lizzie Engel. In fact, there's some interesting parallels between Lizzie's spiritual growth and the Mennonite congregation's which adds a new dimension to the story. Fascinating stuff.
Even though Lizzie gained my immediate sympathy, I wanted to slap her silly a time or two...or three. Why oh why don't conflicted characters listen to my advice? Their lives would be so much easier that way. Oh...wait...that would mean my reading pleasure would be shorter, wouldn't it? Okay, scrap that last comment, I'm glad Lizzie didn't listen to my sage advice...sort of...because I enjoyed the emotionally tumultuous journey she took me on. Besides, she did figure it out in the end...nearly too late mind you...but then, this is a suspense, right?
Lizzie's daughter, Charity, stole my heart with her quest for Prince Charming. So many cute scenes that tugged at my heartstrings! Even though they annoyed and embarrassed her mom.
And Noah, solid, dependable, smitten. Pair those characteristics with some very un-Mennonite ones, like jealousy, and you get a multi-dimensional hunk of a hero. Throw in a mysterious stalker, tons of family dynamics and the forgiving love of our Savior and what do you get? A compelling page-turner that you won't want to put down.
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