In Unbreakable, the second book in author Nancy Mehl's Road to Kingdom series, gentle and unassuming Hope Kauffman is not one to question or try to make changes. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and has agreed to the betrothal her father arranged for her with ... Read More
Despite Hope's and other Kingdom residents' attempts to maintain the status quo, changes have already begun to stir in the small Mennonite town. The handsome and charismatic Jonathon Wiese is the leader of the move to reform, and when one of Kingdom's own is threatened by a mysterious outsider, Jonathon is one of the first to push for the town to arm itself. Ebbie, however, is at the forefront of those demanding the town stay true to its traditions of nonviolence.
When strange incidents around town result in outright attacks on several townspeople, Hope can't help but question what she's always been taught. The town that's always stood so strong finds itself divided. With tensions high and their lives endangered by an unknown enemy, will Hope and the people of Kingdom allow fear and division to break them or will they draw on the strength of the God they serve? Unbreakable is a fast-paced thriller, filled with romance and suspense.
Page Count: 336
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jan 2, 2013
- UPC: 9780764209284
- Height: 0
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- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 336
- Publish Date: Feb 1, 2013
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- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042000"
- ISBN: 0764209280
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- A Transforming View From My Original Desire by Robin on 6/18/13
Book Summary: Mennonite Romantic Suspense Sure to Thrill Readers
Gentle and unassuming, Hope Kauffman has never been one to question the traditions of her Mennonite upbringing. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and has agreed to the betrothal he arranged for her with the devout but shy Ebbie Miller. Despite the attempts of Hope and other Kingdom residents to maintain the status quo, changes have already begun to stir in the small Mennonite town. The handsome and charismatic Jonathon Wiese is the leader of the move to reform, while Ebbie insists Kingdom must remain true to its foundation. When Hope's safety is threatened by a mysterious outsider, she can't help but question what she's always been taught about the Mennonite tradition of nonviolence. As it swiftly becomes apparent the threat Hope faced is only the beginning, the town that's always stood so strong finds itself divided. With tensions high and their lives endangered by an unknown enemy, will Hope and the people of Kingdom allow fear and division to break them or will they draw on the strength of the God they serve?
Review: I thought the book got better and better as I continued to read!!! It started out slow for me, about 1/3rd into the book I could not put it down. I really found the mystery fun. It was not a huge who did it but definitely ‘a who will Hope chose to marry.’ I made up my mind and was very pleased that is the way the story went. I would have been so disappointed if it went any other way. I just could not see the outcome being satisfying had Hope’s choice been different. For me I was transformed in my opinion by the halfway mark. It is a good read when how you feel changes dramatically by the end of the book. I am looking forward to reading the 3rd in this series. It has been a fun series thus far. The people of the town have grown and changed which is part of the fun. There was a lot of sadness at the start of the book and that is what contributed to the slowness because it was such a tragedy to get through.
I would like to thank Net Galley 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.
- WONDERFUL AND THOUGHT PROVOKING! by Narita on 5/21/13
Hope Kauffman is very happy with her life in the peaceful Mennonite town of Kingdom. She finds great joy in her quilting and running her quilting shop. Her faith is as much a part of her life as eating and sleeping. She never has had any desire to leave or question her Mennonite beliefs.
All her tranquility and way of life is suddenly threatened when someone starts running residents off the highway when they are returning home from town. Hope becomes one of these victims. Jonathan Wiese, new to their community, comes to her rescue. Feelings stir within her for this handsome “knight in shining armor”, but she is confused because is promised to marry Ebbie Miller in 2 months. Jonathan is everything Ebbie isn’t, dashingly handsome, exciting. She begins to question if she truly loves Ebbie enough to spend her life with him. Jonathan is quick to make his feelings known for her.
The attacks cause a division in the town’s people. Ebbie stands by their beliefs of turning the other cheek and no violence. Jonathan aligns with others to believe they should arm themselves to protect their loved ones. As the attacks move into the town Hope gets caught in between the two, unsure which way is right.
The story really brought to light Luke 6:29, And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. A verse I am very familiar with and have tried to live by. Ms. Mehl caused me to search even deeper in my beliefs. I certainly practice turning the other cheek when someone is rude, unkind, or unfair, but would I be able to follow the scripture if a loved one were in danger? Would God expect me to? These are just a few questions I was confronted with. I did come to an answer, but not without examining the meaning of this scripture in a way I never had before.
The story also brought to light standing alone for my faith, no matter what other Christians might think, choose, or in the face of persecution. There are lots of surprises throughout the book. Some I thought I had figured out and I was wrong, so I guess you could say I had double surprises! I not only appreciated the excellent writing, but also how the theme of Luke 6:29 was woven throughout the story. A book you want to read!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- great story, great message! by Molly on 5/21/13
The story begins slowly, and begins to develop some good action towards the second half - a series of life threatening events. Some of the characters try to encourage others to take matters into their own hands, which becomes of great conflict with Mennonite church beliefs of forgiveness and non-violence. The elders believe that the main focus should be to remain faithful to their beliefs of leaving it to God.
As the story's excitement builds, Hope has to deal with her own dilemma of having to choose between two men who really do love her for who she is. Then we get to know the characters of the first book a little more. As these events unfold Hope comes to realize who she really is meant to be with.
Nancy Mehl incorporates a series of Biblical quotes to encourage and show the importance of faith, praying for our enemy, forgiveness, and believing that God will protect us in times of distress. Here are some of my favorite verses/quotes that she used:
"Remember that God offers us blessing and protection, but we must receive it by faith. By trusting Him. God does not force blessings on us, Hope. Especially blessings of the heart." -Ebbie.
"They are incredible creatures, Hope. Every time I watch them, I'm reminded that with God nothing is impossible. If they can lift fifty times their body weight, what can we do through God who strengthens us? I believe ants are a message sent from God to encourage us."
"God has given us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness."
* I was provided this book for free by Bethany House Publishing Group in exchange for a review.
- Dilemmas - Suspenseful & Romantic by Nancee on 3/10/13
One road leads to the quiet Mennonite community of Kingdom where a peace-loving community resides, and the residents feel protected from the outside world. Communities surrounding Kingdom are being victimized by hate crimes against Christians. Churches have been set aflame and cars forced off the road. On a return trip to Kingdom from a nearby town, Hope Kauffman and her horse and buggy are forced off the road by a pickup truck. Jonathon Wiese, a recent member of the community, rescues Hope just as the truck is heading toward her a second time.
Confusion at her racing heart and the acute awareness of Jonathon’s presence cause Hope to question her reaction to Jonathon’s attention. Hope is betrothed to her long-time friend Ebbie Miller, a conservative Mennonite like Hope, her father, and the majority of their community. Her conservative ways and lifelong convictions are shaken by the openness of Jonathon’s attraction to her, and her response to his actions. Her faith in God keeps her internal struggles at bay even while she grapples with her conservative roots and a more progressive perspective.
Additional incidents victimizing their small community have become alarming, and Jonathon and other residents take action to protect the town from further harm by keeping guard on the road leading into Kingdom. Conflicts develop between conservative, nonviolent members of the community and the small group who feel that more resistant action should be used to protect Kingdom from future harm.
Dual plots in this suspense-filled and romantic story are fast paced yet beautifully detailed. The realities of resistance and nonresistance are well defined and choosing sides in this story is not an option. Both sides of both plots are humanistic and relative. The spiritual quality throughout this story is strong and well utilized. Nancy Mehl has a beautifully descriptive and picturesque nature with words, enhancing the locale and human qualities of her characters. This is a wonderful sequel to “Inescapable,” but the book is also a stand-alone. This book has its own merits.
DISCLAIMER: I received a PDF copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine, and no compensation has been received for this review.