Inescapable {Book Review with Giveaway}

by 5 Minutes for Books

Inescapable is the story of twenty-three year old Lizzie Engel, who had fled her Mennonite hometown of Kingdom, Kansas, shortly after the birth of her daughter, Charity. The pain of growing up with a strict and unforgiving father was only compounded by the shame of having a baby out of wedlock, so Lizzie has tried to make a new life for herself in Kansas City. She thought she had found a safe haven at the Harbor House, a shelter for abused women.

Sylvia, the director there at Harbor House, had taken Lizzie under her wing, giving her a job and helping her adjust to life in the “real world.” Unfortunately, Sylvia has now resigned for health reasons, and her replacement seems intent on making Lizzie’s life miserable. She has even gone so far as to accuse Lizzie of stealing money from the shelter. This, combined with the stalker who has been following Lizzie and leaving her threatening notes, forces her to do the unthinkable—return to Kingdom.

Upon arriving in Kingdom, Lizzie finds that, although her father continues to reject her, many people in the town are more than willing to receive her with open arms, even providing her a job and a place for her and Charity to live. The comforting presence of her childhood friend Noah Houseman is causing Lizzie to reexamine her feelings for him when her tentative stability is complicated by the return of the mysterious stalker and the arrival of someone from her past. In the midst of this, Lizzie must decide who to trust and, more importantly, whether to turn back to the God she walked away from when she left Kingdom.

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.

If you are a fan of Christian fiction and like a little suspense in your books, Inescapable would be a great addition to your summer reading list.

A longtime fan of both Christian fiction and suspense stories, Trish blogs at In So Many Words.

We have one copy to give away to a lucky reader. Please follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below to enter. We’ll announce the winner in our book review and giveaway column on 7/30. US/Canada mailing addresses only, please.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brenda Smith July 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

I would love to win


2 Rachel T. July 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

This looks like a fantastic read! Thanks for the review :)


3 Margaret July 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I love to read Amish and Mennonite fiction! Thanks for the giveaway!


4 DAMIAN JARREAU July 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I would like to win because it sounds like an interesting book to read


5 Don July 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

A good one for my wife to read.


6 Julie July 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Sounds like an interesting story!


7 Jen July 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I love Christian fiction – Amish fiction especially. And Mennonite is close to Amish :) Sounds like this would be a good read with a great mix of romance and action too.


8 Angela E. July 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

I bet this book is really good.


9 Michelle H. July 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I love this type of fiction. I have my own small book exchange club and would love to read this and share it.


10 Daniel M July 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm

sounds like an interesting coming of age story


11 riTa July 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Great review, the book must be all you claim it to be and do!


12 Petula July 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I can’t resist an interesting read! :-)


13 Jblanton July 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Looks like a great read- my kind of book!


14 Helen July 19, 2012 at 1:34 am

this looks like a great book that will keep my attention


15 Jessica T July 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Looks like a good book – love Christian lit!


16 Linda Kish July 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm

The book sounds interesting. It sounds like it is exciting.

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17 Cathy July 19, 2012 at 10:54 pm

It looks like a good book.


18 wendy wallach July 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

i am fascinated with the culture

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19 samantha July 21, 2012 at 11:28 am

sounds like a really good book and I love suspenseful books


20 Staci A July 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm

It sounds like an interesting storyline with likeable characters!


21 Wendi July 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

this sounds like a book I would enjoy and its a new author to me.


22 tina July 23, 2012 at 9:35 am

I want to win this book for my mom. She reads 3-4 books a week


23 Cristen C. July 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm

I’d like to win this as a gift for a family member.


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