Wednesday, July 31, 2013

UNFORESEEABLE: THE ROAD TO KINGDOM


UNFORESEEABLE: Book Three in the Road to Kingdom Series
By Nancy Mehl
 
Callie Hoffman knows she has a good life in Kingdom, Kansas. She's thrilled to be engaged to Levi Housler, the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church, and she spends her days working with her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Lizzie Housler, at Cora's Cafe.

However, Callie's idyllic life is interrupted when a body is discovered on the road outside Kingdom and the deceased turns out to be a victim of a serial killer. As Washington County's new sheriff begins questioning Kingdom residents, Callie and the rest of the town are appalled at the prospect of a killer among them. The very reason Kingdom exists is to protect the people from the temptations and dangers of the outside world, but all the town founders' attempts to plan ahead couldn't prevent a threat like this.

Unsettled at this unforeseen danger, Callie is concerned when it appears Levi knows more than he's telling. Desperate to find answers for herself, Callie never expected that she'd have to face some of her own past's skeletons.

As Callie and the residents of Kingdom fear this danger for which they never planned, they must learn anew that only God knows the future and their trust must always lie in Him.

 From Library Journal:
 
Life is good for Callie Hoffman, who is engaged to the new pastor at her Mennonite church. Things turn decidedly darker when the body of a serial killer's latest victim is discovered outside town and the residents of Kingdom, KS, must face the threat to their peaceful lives. VERDICT: Small-town life meets a dangerous outside world in this taut, suspenseful story, the third (after Inescapable and Unbreakable) in Mehl's Mennonite-flavored romantic suspense series. A good choice for readers who liked Amy Wallace's "Place of Refuge" series.

Only thirty days until the release of the third and last book in my Road to Kingdom series! Thought readers would like to know a little bit more about this book. Combining a Conservative Mennonite town with a serial killer pushes the genre to a new level. I hope my Amish/Mennonite readers will enjoy it and suspense readers will look past the “bonnet book” label and give UNFORESEEABLE a try. I think you’ll like it.

 Here’s a peek from Chapter Four:

 We rushed into the dining room and watched out the window as Levi’s buggy pulled up to the railing in front of the restaurant. He jumped out and tied up his horse, Stormy, while the other men climbed out and waited for the sheriff to join them. Two men got out of the car, the sheriff and Roger Carson. Everyone in the dining room was unusually quiet as the men walked single file up the steps and entered the room. I was alarmed at the expression on Levi’s face. Although his cheeks were ruddy from the cold, beneath them, his skin was ashen. The look in his eyes made my breath catch in my throat.

Lizzie and I stood there like our feet were glued to the floor. There wasn’t a sound from those gathered in the room. Before the sheriff had the chance to speak, the front door opened and another group of people shuffled inside. Most likely the folks who’d been waiting at Harold’s or Aaron’s. Some of them quickly found a seat. The rest stood expectantly near the back of the room.  

I wanted to hear about the woman on the road – yet I didn’t. At that moment, I wished I were somewhere else. Anywhere else. I wondered if Lizzie felt the same way. I snuck a look at her. Her face was set like flint, and I couldn’t tell what she was thinking.

“Well?” she said finally.

Sheriff Timmons removed his hat. Roger stepped up next to him, almost as if he were trying to offer support. He cast a quick glance around the room, looking rather uncomfortable until he saw Noah. Having a friend nearby appeared to relax him a little.

“She was definitely murdered,” the sheriff said slowly. “It’s too early to conclude that this is the work of the serial killer I told you about, but I certainly can’t rule it out. The KBI has taken over the case and will make that official determination.” He spoke without hesitation, but it was obvious there was something else on his mind. I tried to catch Levi’s eye, but he wouldn’t meet my gaze.

“You’re not telling us everything,” Lizzie said bluntly. “What is it? Is she one of us?”

Their silence alarmed me. The men looked back and forth at each other. Sheriff Timmons began to say something when the door to the restaurant opened, and Harold Eberly rushed in.

“John Lapp said he was turned away on the road out of town. Some men, official types, told him he couldn’t use the road, Sheriff,” Harold said in a loud, angry voice. “Many of us need to get to our homes. Why are we being forced to stay in town?” 

The young sheriff frowned at Harold. “I’m sorry, but the KBI has closed the road until they finish gathering evidence. Hopefully, it won’t be too long.”

“My little girl has been through enough,” Harold insisted. “She needs to go home.”

I heard Lizzie grunt. “Harold Eberly, you hush up. A woman has died. I don’t think asking you to hang around for a while is asking too much.”

Harold’s mouth dropped open, but instead of arguing with Lizzie, he turned and stomped out the door. He probably realized that trying to win an argument with Lizzie was an almost impossible task.  

When the door closed behind him, she hurried over and locked it. Then she gazed slowly around the room.  “I’m not planning to kick anyone out,” she said, “but if you came here out of some kind of morbid curiosity, I’d like you to leave. People of faith should be showing respect, not acting like the world.”

A few people hung their heads, and I marveled at her boldness. After several seconds, she pointed at the sheriff who was staring at her in surprise. “Okay, so what are you keeping back? Do we know her?”

Noah, who had been watching this scene unfold from a corner table stood to his feet and came over to stand near his brother and Roger.

“It’s not anyone from Kingdom,” Levi said in a low, strained tone. “She’s a stranger.” Even though I was thankful for the good news, his solemn manner frightened me.

“Levi, what’s going on?” Noah asked.

Although it seemed to take great effort, Levi lifted his eyes to his brother’s. “Do—do you remember the book of martyrs I lost a few weeks ago?”

“Yes,” Noah said slowly, looking confused. “What about it?”

Levi seemed incapable of continuing. Finally Noah looked over at the sheriff. “What’s he talking about?”

Sheriff Timmons took a deep breath and let it out. “The dead woman. Levi’s book was clutched in her hands.”

To celebrate the release of UNFORESEEABLE, three people will win signed copies! Leave a comment below, along with your contact info. I’ll pick three winners on Monday!

26 comments:

  1. I read your other books before this one, and coudn't put them down. Would love to win a copy of this latest. You sure know how to write them Nancy. You are one in a million. Barbara Gauthier.

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  2. I can't wait!! And being we are FaceBook friends, you can find me right? ;)

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  3. This one sounds really good. Can't wait to read this one. Thank you for doing a giveaway.

    Cathy Weber
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  4. I recently read Inescapable. It was so good! Would love to win Unforseeable.
    Brittany McEuen
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  5. I am in "suspense" at the drawing....and held in suspense on the story line.....
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  6. Sounds good! Would love to win and read Unforseeable. Thank you for the chance.
    Karen G.
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  7. This sounds like a great series, I would love to win a copy of Unforeseeable.

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  8. Absolutely love all your books! Can't wait to read your new masterpiece!
    Amy Norris
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  9. Loved to win a copy. Thanks for the sample reading.
    Lill

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  10. I'd like to win a copy
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  11. I cannot wait to read the last book!! rackylemaire(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I would love a chance to read this book. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  13. I would LOVE to win a copy...ahh..sweet suspense...love it..I cannot recall if I have read any of your books, but I will do so now...I am your "musical" friend on FaceBook.
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    ~ Jules Verne ;)

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  14. Yay! Love your books!
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  15. Yay! Looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

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  16. Just reading the review got my mind working on this suspense story, I must read this book.
    Thanks for chance to win.
    Carolyn Jefferson
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  17. Love the storyline & would love to win a copy of the book - thanks for the opportunity!

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  18. Oh my Nancy. This makes me wish I had it right now, so I could read it. I have the Unbreakable already. Thanks for a chance to win it. Sure hope I get lucky. MAXIE
    mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  19. I can't wait to read Book 3! We have them in our Media Center and someone just came in last week with Book 2 and wanted Book 3. I had to break the news to her that it wasn't out yet! Oh, the sadness of having to wait!!! Thanks for this opportunity to win a copy of this book for our Media Center.
    Debbie Lester
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  20. I am looking forward to this new installment of the series. I am loving this series
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  21. Read the first book, Inescapable. Really good. I would love a chance to win the third book, Unforseeable. Thanks for the chance.
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