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 he... Read More
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.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 2, 2013
- UPC: 9780764209291
- Height: 1
- Width: 5.5
- Length: 8.4
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 332
- Publish Date: Sep 1, 2013
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 0764209299
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- Unforeseeable is a Great Ending for this Series by Robin on 6/23/14
Book Summary: 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.
Review: I loved the series overall. I found this last in the series to start out slower than the first and took more time to grab my attention. It was about a 1/4 of the way through when the story took off. I was hooked and enjoyed the characters immensely. Many things were easy to guess the outcome for, but right at the end Nancy Mehl threw in a curve that made the entire story a smashing success!! At times I found the relationship between Callie and Levi to be unexciting, but after the first secret was revealed their relationship got more believable. The most believable constant throughout the series was Lizzie’s dad. Many times it is those little things that make a story worth reading because the secondary characters help to make or break a storyline.
I would like to thank Library Thing and Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
- Unforeseeable! by Nancee on 6/6/14
The small Mennonite community named Kingdom has had its share of difficulties over the years, but their peaceful existence is shaken to the core by the discovery of a murder victim left along the only road into Kingdom. The murder of the young woman has residents fearful of what lies beyond or possibly within their isolated haven from the outside world. The lives of Kingdom's people are intertwined by their association through their local church pastored by a young single man, Levi Housler, who has been facing disapproval by older members of the fellowship. His marriage to Callie Hoffman has been delayed, and the wedding date will have to be changed once again in light of the sinister activities surrounding the community. Callie's past is buried beneath layers of self-protective defenses. Both Levi and Callie's best friend have witnessed the changes since childhood, and seek to assist Callie toward healing and the self discovery of God's purpose for her life.
This is the third in the Kingdom series, and I'm sorry to see the series end. Nancy Mehl has produced a trio of Mennonite suspense stories that keep the reader entertained throughout each book. Unforeseeable is no exception. The characters in this book are well developed and believable, and the developments throughout this book are unpredictable and suspenseful. There is unseen drama and heartrending circumstances that keep this story progressing at a fast clip making it difficult to set this book aside. The author has a gift for producing a gripping and well-told story of a peaceful community of people, and the affect that the outside world imposes upon them.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
- Spell Binding by Deanna on 11/12/13
Unforeseeable by Nancy Mehl is a great murder mystery that takes place in modern day Kingdom, Kansas, in a Mennonite community. Callie Hoffman is engaged to the new Mennonite pastor, Levi Housler, and works in the restaurant owned by his sister-in-law, Lizzie Housler. Life is good and then a murdered woman is found on the road on the outskirts of Kingdom. It so happens that the murdered woman has been killed by a serial killer and it seems to be the same serial killer that was murdering women twenty years ago. With the new county sheriff questioning everyone in Kingdom, it is only natural that everyone in town is upset and on edge. Callie is troubled for it seems that Levi knows more about the murder than he should or is telling. The story is filled with suspense and near the end when Callie is threatened, then the suspense really gets scary.
This story is very well written and all the characters simply come to life on the pages of the book. All the action scenes are so realistic that I was holding my breath many times as I read what was happening and I was right there in the middle of whatever was taking place. I especially liked the way that the author had the people of the town putting their faith in God and being forgiving of others. Callie was especially working to become closer to God and praying for guidance so that she would do God’s will and not her own. The author keeps the reader guessing until the end of the book when the revealing of the murderer is quite a surprise, at least it was to me. I was very happy with the way the story ended.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of a good murder mystery with a twist, it takes place in a modern day Mennonite community.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- Murder In A Mennonite Town by Maureen on 9/20/13
Wow!! This is the third book in this series that I have read, and each on as good as the other. Loved my return visit with my friends. We are continuing on with Callie and Levi, and hoping that Callie's problems will work out.
Now a serial killer has entered the Mennonite town of Kingdom, Kansas. The town is quickly turned upside down. With the killings having stopped 20 years ago, and now starting up again. Will we loose some of our friends here?
Callie has a lot of skeletons in her closet, and she doesn't seem to realize they are even there. Levi is also dealing with a lot of opposition to his being such a young pastor and not being married. Will these two be able to soon be married?
Be ready for a lot of action, including blizzard, and accidents. Also once you believe you know who is the murderer, beware!! You are probably wrong! I didn't figure it all out. Loved it!! Enjoy!
I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review
- Unforeseeable is full of suspense and faith by inspiremichelle on 9/11/13
Unforeseeable, Road to Kingdom Series by Nancy Mehl
Callie Hoffman has loved Levi Housler since grade school but thought he had never noticed her. She is now newly engaged to him. Levi is the newly appointed Mennonite pastor, some parishioners think he is to young to be pastor. It seems a serial killer has targeted their secluded community. "Murder and meatloaf just don't go together," Lizzie grumbled in the restaurant Callie was employed at. Can the newly appointed Sherriff protect the people of Kingdom? It seems not when the killer gets too close. Now they are pointing fingers at Levi. Callie has noticed some changes in Levi and she is questioning his love. Will they survive this test? The author Nancy Mehl has done a magnificent job keeping me guessing as to who has done it. She has interweaved faith among the action and suspense of this Christian Romantic Suspense Fiction. This is the third book in her Road to Kingdom series, I know if you pick it up you will enjoy it as much as I have. I want to thank the author Nancy Mehl and publisher for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me.
Additional Customer Reviews
- What An Ending! by Judy B on 8/23/13
I've dried my tears so now I can see to write my review. If you haven't read any of Nancy Mehl's books I highly recommend that you do. I promise that you will never be disappointed. This author is one of my favorites.
Unforeseeable is the last book of this series, Road To Kingdom. I loved the first two books Inescapable and Unbreakable. Was it possible that I would love this book as well? Not only did I love it, I believe in my opinion it was the best one. Why you might ask? Because this book brought closure to many of the characters in the first two books. I loved the suspense! I loved the mystery! I loved the romance! I fell in love with the characters.
I actually felt like I was living in Kingdom while reading this. I was so caught up in some of the scenes that if I would have been a nail biter, I wouldn't have any nails left! I was so drawn in and riveted to every word.
My emotions ran high in this book. Fear and anxiety in many cases, laughter and tears in some scenes.
Author Nancy Mehl brings out a message in this book too. For me, it was to fully trust and rely on God, that He is definitely in control. Another thought is, we have choices of our own to make in life and not choices because of what others have taught us or expect us to make.
I can't wait to read more books by this great author!
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinions in this book are mine alone. Thank you Bethany House and author Nancy Mehl.