Unforeseeable (Book #3 in Road to Kingdom Series)

Title:  Unforeseeable (Road to Kingdom #3)
Author:  Nancy Mehl
Pages:  329
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
With Unforeseeable, readers have the next book in the Road to Kingdom series set in a small Mennonite community in present day Kansas.  Almost all the characters from the prior two novels in the series make appearances in this third novel.  The focus of this story is on Callie Hoffman and Levi Housler.
Levi is now the pastor of Kingdom.  Some of the older members in the church think he is too young to pastor their flock and begin campaigning against him.  Levi is a dedicated pastor and wants only to do God’s will.  He is confused by the conflict as the members stirring up trouble voted for him to become pastor!  Is he truly where God wants him to be?  One thing he knows for sure and that is he loves Callie.  He will support her decisions no matter the cost to himself.  Then, the cold cruel world intrudes on Kingdom.  The new sheriff stops by to tell them of a serial murder in the area and to warn them of the danger.  A dead body is found clutching one of Levi’s books.  Those who want Levi out of leadership seize this event to stir up even more trouble.  Is anyone safe in Kingdom?  Who is the unseen killer?
Callie Hoffman is working at the one restaurant in town that is owned by her best friend, Lizzie Housler, who is married to Levi’s brother, Noah.  Callie has sold her home after her father’s death four months ago and is living in an apartment above the restaurant.  An incident involving an innocent child being treated cruelly brings to the surface a raging anger Callie didn’t know she possessed.  She begins to question her relationship with her father after talking to Lizzie.  Has Callie really been living in a dream world and blocked out her father’s emotional abuse?  Slowly Callie realizes she did love her father, but perhaps the relationship isn’t quite how she remembers it.  She is sure about her love for Levi, but does he really love her?  Did he just propose to her because their leader must be married?  Callie begins to question who she is and doesn’t like the answer she finds.  She is fearful of the serial murderer lurking close to the safe haven that was Kingdom.  Is it possible to keep Kingdom from the outside world?
I thought this was the best book in the series.  Callie’s discovery of what she had done to cope with her father and the resultant changes in order to follow what God wants and not what man wants was admirable.  The theme of not letting tradition and “religion” become god instead of following the path God wants is an important lesson for us all.  Every person’s relationship with God will manifest itself in different ways, and as long as we are obedient to Him that is what is important.  There was suspense, romance and lively dialogue between characters that made the story easy to read and very enjoyable.  I recommend reading the other two books in this series first before this one as it will introduce all the characters and provide good background information as the stories move forward.
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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