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Unbreakable by Nancy Mehl

Monday, April 8, 2013

Mennonite Romantic Suspense Sure to Thrill Readers 
Gentle and unassuming Hope Kauffman has never been one to question or try to make changes. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and has agreed to the betrothal her father arranged for her with the devout but shy Ebbie Miller.

Despite Hope's and other Kingdom residents' attempts 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, and when one of Kingdom's own is threatened by a mysterious outsider, Jonathon is one of the first to push for the town to arm itself. Hope's fiance, Ebbie, is at the forefront of those demanding the town stay true to its traditions of nonviolence.

When strange incidents around town result in outright attacks on several townspeople, Hope can't help but question what she's always been taught. As the town that's always stood so strong together is torn apart at the seams, Hope is caught between opposing sides, both represented by those she has come to care for. With tensions high and lives endangered by an unknown threat, Hope fears Kingdom can never survive in one piece.

Goodreads Summary

Can a community ever really change?  Hope Kauffman has lived her life in a stable home with strong beliefs about religion and everyday life.  She is engaged to Ebbie, a fact that she never really questioned.  When Jonathan storms into their small Mennonite town, he brings about a breath of fresh air and the promise of changes to come.  Unfortunately, Jonathan puts a kink in the normalcy of Hope's routine and assumptions about Ebbie.  Ebbie doesn't want change.  He enjoys the town just the way it is and sees no reason for Jonathan's attempt at adjustment.  Ebbie represents the "old way" of life that Hope is accustomed to while Jonathan represents the possibility for something new.  Which philosophy...and inadvertently man...will Hope agree with?

Hope's character was nice enough.  She is very sweet and soft-spoken though she does have opinions.  At times, the reader will wish she stuck up for herself and spoke her mind a little more.  Hope's character is in flux, it is fun to see her grow and adjust as the novel continues.  Ebbie's character was kind and a little like one may expect from a Mennonite town boy.  Jonathan was meant to be exciting and fresh and did come off that way.  Both men have their ups and downs, but the reader will likely have just as hard a time at choosing one man over the other as poor Hope will.  Overall, the tone of the novel was simple and straight-to-the-point, the reader will enjoy getting to know the characters, and the plot was nicely paced.  This book is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

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  1. Diana said...:

    Thank you for the post! :)

    - Diana @amalia_chartres

  1. bn100 said...:

    this sounds intriguing

  1. Susan T. said...:

    I can't say that I've ever read anything in the "Mennonite Romantic Suspense" genre! Lol!