Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Unbreakable by Nancy Mehl/ Giveaway

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?
My review:
    I'm not a fan of the Amish books that are so popular nowadays. For one reason, I don't think they are realistic. This series is not about the Amish, but about strict Mennonites, so I decided to give the series a shot. Besides, they are suspense, which is my favorite genre'.
   I am not an expert on Mennonites and their beliefs, but from what I do know and have read, Nancy Mehl does a great job of portraying them in a realistic way. I still don't agree with their non-resistance/non-violence stance and beliefs, but I did come away with a better understanding of it and why they believe that way.
   On to the story itself: I love the setting, plot, and characters in this book. This isn't a gritty, scary kind of suspense, so readers who don't normally enjoy that genre' would most likely enjoy this book and the book it follows. The suspense factor is dialed back a lot from what I normally read, but I still enjoyed the book. I have only read two books by Nancy, but I like her style. This was not a book that was hard to get into, but was a book that quickly caught my attention and kept it until the last page. I would highly recommend this book, and this series.
About the author:
Nancy 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 Web site: www.nancymehl.com. She is also active on Facebook.
Unbreakable is available from Tyndale House Publishing.
Thanks to Litfuse for the review copy.

More info about the book and book tour here.
Celebrate the release of Unbreakable with Nancy Mehl by entering her Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVPing to the March 5th Author Chat Party on Facebook!

Unbreakable Kindle Fire Giveaway

One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Books one & two in Nancy's Road to Kingdom series (Inescapable and Unbreakable)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 4th. Winner will be announced at the "Unbreakable" Author Chat Party on March 5th. Connect with Nancy, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be gift certificates, books, and fun Mennonite-themed giveaways.

Grab your copy of Unbreakable and join Nancy on the evening of the March 5th for a chance to connect with Nancy and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

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