Book Review: Unforeseeable

15 Dec

209291Callie Hoffman has a good life in Kingdom, Kansas. She’s engaged to Levi Housler, the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church, and she spends her days working with Lizzie Housler, her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, at the town cafe. 

When a body is discovered on the road outside Kingdom and the deceased turns out to be the victim of a serial killer, the new county sheriff begins questioning Kingdom residents. Unsettled at the prospect of a killer in Kingdom, Callie is desperate to find answers for herself, especially when her own fiance seems to know more about the murder than he’s telling. 

As the town battles an entirely unforeseen danger and Callie’s very life is threatened, the stakes are as high as they’ve ever been and the people of Kingdom must learn anew to put their trust in God alone.

nmehl-62Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband Norman and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored fourteen books and is currently at work on a new 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. “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 for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.” Readers can learn more about Nancy through her blog.

My Impressions:

Unforeseeable is the third book in Nancy Mehl’s Road to Kingdom series. And while there is definitely an element of suspense, the novel concentrates mostly on one character’s journey of discovery. There is also a romantic thread in the novel, but both the suspense and the romance are secondary to the character’s quest for truth and freedom.

Callie is a young Mennonite woman living in Kingdom, Kansas, a town that strives to keep the world out. Dedicated to a pure faith and simple living, Kingdom had at one time been immersed in legalism and obedience to church rule. But many people in the community yearn to worship God in more personal ways. In the midst of changes within the church and town, a serial killer starts to kill again after a twenty year hiatus. Now, strangers and long time friends come under suspicion.

Written in first person, Unforeseeable concentrates on Callie and her search for identity within her community and in her relationship with God. Many of the characters in the series struggle with feelings of value due to upbringing and church restrictions. It is interesting that even those who follow a God who promises freedom, love and peace believe the lies that their worth comes through what they do. Mehl does a good job of exploring this theme.

Unforeseeable can be read as a standalone novel, but the other books in the series are really good. So go check them out as well. (See my reviews of Inescapable and Unbreakable.)

(Thanks to Bethany House for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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One Response to “Book Review: Unforeseeable”

  1. Kelly Blackwell December 16, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    Thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to reading this myself. Nancy’s one of my favorites. 🙂


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