Saturday, September 7, 2013

"Unforeseeable" (Book 3 in Road to Kingdom Series) by Nancy Mehl

I have been delighted to follow this entire trilogy of Nancy Mehl's Road to Kingdom series. The first two books were very enjoyable and I loved learning about Mennonite communities. I did not realize that there were such communities where you couldn't live unless approved by the Mennonites. It seemed a rather archaic concept to me in today's world, but obviously there is truth in it.

As book three, Unforeseeable got underway, it wasn't long before Callie instead of endearing herself to me as I felt she should have, I found myself being rather "put-out" by her insecurities and inconsistencies. But folks are like that sometimes whether we like it or not.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting a bit more of Noah's and Lizzy's (and Charity's) stories. And then Noah's brother, Levi played a major role in Unforeseeable as the very youthful, unmarried pastor of the Mennonite church and the betrothed of Callie. Levi's character was strong and steadfast and held true to his pastoral role in the community.

But as with other Nancy Mehl stories, this one is complete with mystery, danger, and suspense. I was not expecting the outcome of the murder with the guilty party being exposed. Nor was I expecting the twist in one branch or twig of the mystery.

Nancy wrote an exciting and very descriptive scene when Levi and Callie were stranded during the storm. I won't say more, but you'll find it replete with controversy for setting, the weather playing a major role in their danger, unexpected "attack" that seriously hurt Callie and Levi with much blood flowing.  Then the following snow-bound scenes and wreck with resultant injuries. Let's just say that the severe winter storm brought lots of action.

I have found that in many of the "bonnet" books, there are a lot of unnecessary conversations involving meddling and opinions in which "normal" folks simply do not indulge. I wonder if that is the norm for Mennonites, Amish, and others of the bonnet persuasion, or is it a tool of authors of this genre to picture them as "involved family and friends." As usual Nancy Mehl has written a good book.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

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