Page-Turning Romantic Suspense Set Against the Backdrop of a Small Mennonite Town

Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her Mennonite hometown, her family, and her faith with plans never to return. Five years later, Lizzie finds she’ll have to run again. False accusations at her job, a stalker, and a string of anonymous threatening letters have left her with no other options. This time, however, her escape is back to Kingdom, her hometown.

As Lizzie becomes reacquainted with Kingdom, she realizes she may not have left her Mennonite roots and her faith as firmly in the past as she thought.

She draws on the support of Noah Housler, an old friend, as she hides out and attempts to plan her next steps.

When it becomes painfully clear that the danger has followed Lizzie to Kingdom, suspicions and tensions run high, and she no longer knows who to trust. With her life and the lives of those she loves at risk, Lizzie will have to run one last time–to a Father whose love is inescapable.


  • NMehl By The Book says:

    I was first introduced to Nancy Mehl by her Ivy Towers cozy mystery series. I liked them very much, so was interested in reading her newest mystery/romantic suspense novel, Inescapable. Inescapable is first and foremost a mystery.

  • Inescapable is the first book that I have read by Nancy Mehl, but it certainly will not be the last. The description of this book is what caught my interest. I have read books about the Amish for several years and I thought I would enjoy learning about the Mennonites, as well. I was correct. When you throw in some mystery and suspense it makes it a page turner that kept me up late into the night.

  • Inescapable comes from a new-to-me author. Nancy Mehl is actually an award-winning author of more than twelve books. Until this title, however, I had never heard of her. It was very nice to meet her.I admit I struggled to get into this. I prefer a more subtle style of writing and the first few pages struck me as too blunt in their descriptions. However, once about 30 pages in, I could hardly put down the book.

  • Inescapable is full of suspense and will leave you on the edge of your seat wondering who the mysterious man is and why he is following Lizzie. Will she stay in Kingdom or will she run again?

  • The plot was unpredictable, which is a refreshing change from several other books I’ve read recently. I often found myself perplexed when trying to fit the fragmented pieces of Lizzie’s life together and solve the mystery of her stalker, true love and renewed faith. Once you’ve read this book, you will not, can not forget the ending! Betrayal and truth both take center stage but which will prevail?

  • Inescapable was a nice read. The author did a good job at totally keep you aloof to the villainous behaviors of some characters. If it had not been for a friend of mine who spilled, I would have not guessed who was behind the sinister plot. Nancy built your suspense level to full peak. Writing in first person was to the writers advantage in keeping the suspense, because there was no way you would know what the other characters were thinking.

  • Inescapable was a nice, fast-paced read. The premise and setting of the story intrigued me immediately. Nancy certainly met my expectations in the mystery department! Multiple twists and turns kept me guessing and on my toes- and the ending was somewhat unexpected.

  • I found most of the character’s here to be so very loving and living a Righteous Life. You find God speaking to them, and I found myself wanting to live and visit with them. There is a lot that goes on in the story…stalking, embezzlement, threatening letters, murder, and when you think you have it all figured out, you don’t. Loved how the story wrapped up! A really great and wonderful read!! Don’t Miss!

  • The ending made me snicker as it was not done in the typical fashion. I think the author was clever and wanted to end the story in a fun way. It was a joy to follow this adventure and see not only how Lizzie’s journey started but also ended.

  • I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Amish fiction with a little bit of mystery thrown in.

  • Inescapable is a great read! It is full of love for family, learning to trust God, mystery and intrigue. I didn’t want to put it down!

  • Wow, I love this book! Lizzie, Clay, Noah, Lizzie’s mom and dad, Cora and all of the gang are just like family to me now! Wonderful characters created by Nancy Mehl to give readers a story that will stick with us for a long time! I encourage you to grab a copy of Inescapable to read and enjoy. I love the mystery and suspense, with a little romance, and a whole lot of love. This is a story that will stay with you for a long time after you finish reading it! You will not be disappointed!

  • NMehl WV Stitcher says:

    There were so many elements to this story that held my attention. There was the suspense and mystery of who was sending Lizzie notes, and following her, there was the issues that Lizzie faced because she was a struggling single parent, and there were issues between Lizzie and her parents as well as problems with the town of Kingdom itself. For me though what really made this story stand out was the character of Lizzie and the choices she made, in essence going full circle.

  • This is an interesting book and author, Nancy Mehl, has given a face to a branch of the Mennonite believers that I did not know existed. I knew Mennonites were peace loving, non-violent folks. I knew they held to a strict separatist form of church. But this story presented a very ridged isolationist church community.

  • I really liked the premise of this book: How might a former Mennonite handle worldly trouble of the dangerous variety? I’ve never encountered this idea in any other Mennonite or Amish book, and Mehl used this idea to create a storyline reminiscent of the old-timey villain movies. You know the ones – where the damsel-in-distress runs, screaming, from the dark-haired villain, up the steps and straight towards him? You know where he is, you can see her mistakes, but you can also understand why she’s making them, and you’re sadly unable to help her.

  • Inescapable, was a thought provoking book and really keeps the reader thinking throughout the book. I loved the suspense within the book and I also love how strong the main character is. I love reading books that have strong characters and especially strong female characters.

  • NMehl Home of OHM says:

    I absolutely LOVED this book, it will definitely be a keeper on my bookshelf. After lending it to a couple friends that is! Gotta say that this book was not my normal genre of read, normally i just like light and fluffy fun…but this romantic suspense was awesome!

  • I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book was not the run of the mill Amish romance. It is not often that you see an Anabaptist based book that is also a suspense, and this book was exactly what was needed to fill the gap.

  • Nancy Mehl has written an excellent suspense novel with a Mennonite twist. She succeeds in portraying a splinter group with cult-like tendencies which moved away from civilization many years before. Anyone who has watched the news in recent years knows this type of thing does happen, and of course is not limited to one belief or denomination.

  • An Old-Order Mennonite girl who runs away from home suddenly finds herself returning to the one place she never wanted to see again. That caught my interest! While it was really interesting to read about the life style of these people, Inescapable didn?t impress me as much as I was hoping it would. Especially since that cover is so intriguing!

  • This book is very suspenseful, and the “bad” guy is hiding in plain sight! I love it when that happens! But what I love most about this story, is that it really represents what fear does to all of us – it’s paralyzing. God can and will deliver us from fear and allow us to face our fear rather than be held in it’s inescapable clutches.

  • Inescapable was a satisfying read in all respects. I think that readers who enjoy Amish fiction and/or mystery suspense would find it to their taste.

  • I found Inescapable to be a wonderful mix of realistic characters, a fascinating setting, and a plot with equal parts suspense, romance, and faith journey. The initial story unfolds fairly quickly and the suspense builds rapidly after the initial lull where Lizzie thinks she is safe back at home. And while this is book one in her new Road to Kingdom series, each book will center on a different character from the town of Kingdom, which means the reader is not left hanging with regard to Lizzie?s situation.

  • There was a lot of telling in this book. The characters were kind of flat. But once you got past that, the premise was good, and it was interesting to read about a very strict, old order Mennonite community, and a woman who is struggling to find herself.

  • You will enjoy several plot twists and will be surprised in the end of what was behind all of the drama. This is one book you will enjoy reading!

  • This book started out with more of an old order faith, still with the horses and buggies, remote from the world and kind of isolated. I started out kind of
    disappointed as I read about these people who were secluded and not interested in anything about the world, because that is not how the people I know are like. But hang in there, that was the way it was for a season and the group had begun to get enlightened to the truth more and more, rather than the rules.

  • I really liked this book a lot. It is the first one of Nancy’s that I have read. She really drew me into the story right from the beginning with the air of mystery that is portrayed.

  • I liked the characters in the book, the plot, and the suspense. I can’t remember if I have read any of Nancy’s books before, but I really enjoyed this one.

  • Being a mystery buff since childhood, I was pleasantly surprised to read a good story with a mysterious twist, and a bit of romance! This is not just a mystery. Not just a Christian romance. Not just a good read. It?s all three wrapped up in one. I like that in a book!

  • I was captivated from the first chapter and could not put this one down until I knew who was hunting down Lizzie and Charity Engel. If you love a bit of suspense in your novels along with some Romance, then I just know you will want to pick this one up.

  • I love books like this. They are so enjoyable to read. Immediately I was drawn into the story and I wanted to know the how’s and whys that happened to get our main character to where she was. Lizzie is a real person in how she acts and responds.

  • NMehl Minding Spot says:

    Inescapable draws you in from the first page and doesn’t let go until after the last page is turned. The tension and suspense builds and builds as the story unfolds, this reader thoroughly enraptured with Lizzie’s plight.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down and read it quickly. I do not like romance novels. My husband laughs at me everytime I say that. A lot of what have been reading lately could be considered romance – but that is not why I am reading it.

  • The book was really well written and had a little of everything…romance, suspense, mystery, crime, humor and so much more all rolled into one great book!

    I really enjoyed this book even though I tend to stay away from Amish/Mennonite genre lately because they all seem to be the same! This one definitely is NOT and was great to read!

  • I really enjoyed this book, Lizzie just wants to find peace and happiness but she’s being tormented by someone following her and by threatening letters. I enjoyed how Lizzie mends her hurts with her mom and how they both become strong women, I also thought the adventure and mystery in the book were quite intriguing!

  • I really liked how this book had a strong main character in Lizzie Engel. She wasn’t just strong, she was vulnerable to and I really admired her drive to protect her young daughter at all costs. All of the characters in this book were so well developed, it’s impossible not to notice how much attention the author paid to making the characters so real, with a rawness to them that made them all the deeper.

  • The reader will certainly be surprised to learn who the stalker is and there are more than a few twists to keep the reader busy before the end. The book is
    well-written and the characters are enough to keep the reader flipping pages. This book is recommended to adult readers.

  • I think it’s very difficult to create a character you don’t understand. Therefore, I’d say there’s a little of me in all my characters. Some may have more of my traits than others, but since human beings undergo a myriad of emotions and situations, there’s always something to draw on.

  • Inescapable is a fast paced story that touches on themes of judgement, forgiveness, consequence, and perception.

  • This is the first Mennonite story that I have read, and I have to say that I truly enjoyed it. Nancy Mehl managed to write a modern day mystery over the backdrop of a small, insular Mennonite community. I found the story interesting and the pace fast. I read this one in just a day, because I got so caught up in Lizzy’s plight that I didn’t want to put the book down. This is the first book in the Road to Kingdom series and I will definitely be watching for the next one.

  • The minute I picked this book up I was hooked. I read the first 150 pages way into the morning hours. I was captivated by Lizzie who had run away from her Mennonite family and town of Kingdom, Kansas. She is a struggling young mom with a daughter who is doing her best to raise her child on her own.

  • Due to my own Mennonite heritage (though not Old Order) I was definitely intrigued by this book!

    There were so many angles to this storyline – the suspense over who was following her and who was sending her the notes and was it the same person or were two different people involved, two possible love interests, dealing with faith and fear, dealing with forgiveness and bitterness, the relationship between Lizzie and her father…

  • After reading Inescapable, I do believe that I have found a new favorite author in Nancy Mehl. It was truly a great combination of my two favorite genres, Amish and Suspense.

  • For a genuine read about the difficulties of life, a love that never fails, suspense that keeps you intrigued, and insight into the changes in the Mennonite life, Nancy Mehl’s book, Inescapable, is a great book to pick up and read!

  • I am a Kansas girl so I was tickled to read the back cover and find out that this story was set in my beloved homeland. Right from the beginning I was biased towards this book. Probably because I lived the majority of my life there and because the author lives there too, it was easy for me to picture the setting. I enjoyed reading Nancy’s novel. I would not personally consider it in the suspense category. I thought it was more of a mystery type. Regardless of that, the story is intriguing and the characters are endearing (well most of them are). I think you’ll be glad you picked this one up.

  • Wow, I loved this book. It had lots of suspense, heart, and redemption all rolled into one book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. This was the first time I have read any of Nancy Mehl’s books. I look forward to reading more of her books.

  • This was a great read from start to finish. It was fascinating to read about the Mennonite lifestyle and faith which differs from the Amish.

  • Mehl did a great job of making each man seem appealing, though I knew who I wanted Lizzie to be with, I wasn’t entirely sure where Mehl was going with the love triangle. One of my favorite characters was Charity, she was completely adorable, and I totally understood her obsession with “nice” potties. I also loved seeing the changes in the Mennonite community as the book progressed.

  • An awesome book!! I loved this book, I love reading suspense and this totally fits the bill. Nancy Mehl kept me reading till I finished the book. I had a clue who the bad guy was, but there were so many twists in the story, that I was not hundred percent positive I was on the right track. Truly a great suspense story that can keep you guessing

  • Inescapable truly has everything you could ever wish for in a novel – adventure, romance, danger, villains, family, and an underlying message of hope. If you enjoy fast paced, exciting fiction, I most definitely recommend this book!

  • NMehl Squidmom says:

    I felt like the book was filled with just enough tension and intrigue to keep me reading.I also felt like the mystery part of the book was very well done. I didn’t guess who Lizzie’s stalker might be until near the part in the book where he was revealed. There are also a lot of places in the book that spoke to me personally and touched my heart.

  • This is the first Nancy Mehl book I’ve read and it won’t be my last! I absolutely loved it! I felt like I was right there in Kingdom it was so vivid and the
    characters were so real.

  • I really enjoyed everything about this book. It is another one that grab me right from the start and I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it. I feel in love with the main character and I loved seeing things through her eyes.

  • Inescapable was a real page turner-I couldn’t put it down! I had never read one of Nancy Mehl’s books, and now I am hooked! Inescapable is the first in the Road to Kingdom series.

  • All I can say is, “This is my kind of book in the extreme!” This book has it all: romance, mystery, humor, and a strong Christian message. The characters are extremely well-developed, and every aspect of the story makes perfect sense. I honestly don’t think I have a negative thing to say about this book or author.

  • I was excited to step out of the, maybe over saturated, Amish market and into the Mennonite world. It would be nice to read a bit about how some Mennonite groups live as well. This was a pretty strict Mennonite group featured in this story and this particular group was similar to the Amish and even more so if that makes sense. But it was interesting.

  • I have to begin by saying that I loved this book. There was so much action and suspense happening that I had a hard time to put the book down and over two nights reading this book I stayed up late reading until the wee hours. Everytime I thought I would put it down something would happen that left me saying just a little more.

  • I enjoyed how Nancy Melh described the characters and plot in extremely detail. I felt like I was watching the story unfold line by line and page by page. The Western theme aspect to the novel added a nice country flavor to the plot. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a mystery merged with forgiveness, healing, love, and overcoming pain. Major life lessons are woven into the concept of an appealing debut book in the series.

  • NMehl More of Him says:

    I started reading this book on a rainy morning and, literally, could not put it down! I read it in one day and enjoyed every minute of it.

  • I really enjoy when the author has some fun with names. In Inescapable the town Lizzie has left is named Kingdom. So she has let the Kingdom and is now returning to the Kingdom. Get it? Inescapable has a Prodigal Son feel to it even though in this case Lizzie is female so that would make her the Prodigal Daughter.

  • NMehl Colloquium says:

    Inescapable is a surprisingly engrossing, action-packed thriller, as well as an exploration of whether it is possible to find one’s way home again after an extended absence during which so many things change, yet seem to stay the same. Mehl also explores the themes of redemption, forgivenes, and trust amid a captivating cast of supporting characters. The result is a delightful story about fresh perspectives, and finding inner strength, along with discerning one’s life purpose.

  • NMehl Frugal Plus says:

    Lizzie is a character that you’ll wrap your heart around. A great read of faith!

  • This was a great read for me! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. Lots of other goodies, don’t want to give away the rest! Couldn’t put this book down.

  • There is a bit of mystery and a little romance in the novel as well. It is all nicely done. This is the first in a new series and I look forward to reading the next book about Kingdom.

  • NMehl By Nicole says:

    I really liked this book. It was an easy read. Just the right amount of suspense, romance, and humor to keep my attention and interest to the end. I can’t tell you how it ends, or it would ruin it, but I can tell you that she kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had it figured out, there was another twist.

  • As a reader who’s used to contemporary Amish fiction (minus the suspense) I found Inescapable to be a refreshing change. I enjoyed the characters, the romance and the setting however I did have some issues with the story. The relationship with her old friend Noah developed almost too quickly. It’s been years since they’ve seen each other and they both led very different lives in the interim. I thought a few talks about their lives and each others faith and how they’ve changed would have made their relationship more realistic. Other than that the book was excellent.

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