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.
For some reason, it’s taken me forever to read this book and for that I apologize to the Publisher and author – and even to me, this book was a delight to read and I finished it fairly quickly. Someone is watching Lizzie, but who and why are they leaving the threatening notes? After a particularly scary night and a false accusation Lizzie flees to the place that she thinks she despises, her home town of Kingdom, an Old Order Mennonite community completely (almost) isolated from the outside. There were a few conversations that seemed either a bit rushed or stilted, but overall this was a fun read full of twists and turns and growing faith. One thing I love to read in books are characters who struggle with their faith and how God could love them with all their mess ups and eventually come to His fold again.
No murder mystery would be complete without a bit of romance thrown in and you’ll get two as Lizzie tries to decide between her daughter’s father or her girlhood crush, Noah. It was interested to see how Lizzie who struggled so much in her faith also had to struggle with which man would be the best for her and her daughter – and after several discoveries the truth comes almost too late – but I don’t want to give spoilers, as I really want you to enter Kingdom and meet the people in this town who realize that their legalism has lost them some very important people and learn that God’s grace and love can cover a multitude of sins.
I know I’ll be seeking out the other forthcoming books in this series so I can see how Lizzie and her daughter are faring as well as the other people in the community of Kingdom. Will Lizzie return to her Mennonite roots and wear a headcovering? Will her dad install an indoor bathroom for her mother? So many pressing questions that got answered but yet so many that went unanswered until I get the next book – I love it when authors craft their books that make you want to read the next!
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