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Review: Rising Darkness

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Review: Rising Darkness

Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Christian Suspense
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: November 3, 2015

Sophie Wittenbauer left the Mennonite enclave of Kingdom, KS, under a shroud of shame. Nine years later, she’s still trying to bolster her self-esteem with New Age affirmations. She’s come a long way from the frumpy, abused daughter of the town pariah. So why does it only take one step into another Mennonite town, Sanctuary, to undo all the work she’s done?

Jonathon Weise left Kingdom shortly after Sophie. Disillusioned by the way she was treated and his inability to help her, he finds a new home as pastor of the Agape Fellowship church in Sanctuary. When a newcomer named Emily McClure comes to town to search her ancestry, he feels like he knows her from somewhere. The only other girl he ever knew with amber eyes was Sophie but this girl looks nothing like her – except for the eyes. Could he be seeing things?

On the trail of a killer, Sophie is looking for the break she needs to get off the wedding/obituary beat and into crime reporting for the St. Louis Herald. Can she keep herself and her heart safe when the killer finds her and she finds her first love living in Sanctuary?

Nancy Mehl’s suspense never fails to grip. Rising Darkness is her third novel set in Sanctuary. Since I am Mennonite, I’m always jarred a little bit by her characterization of the Mennonites in Kingdom. The Mennonites I know are much more like those in Sanctuary – kind, giving, Christ-followers. I completely get why Sophie would turn away from the God that is worshipped in Kingdom – and why she would return to the God worshipped in Sanctuary.

If you love suspense, flawed, questioning characters and a light dose of romance, Rising Darkness is the book for you. I’ve read all 3 books in the series but I don’t think you have to in order to enjoy each one.

Rated PG: Some of the subject matter, especially pertaining to Sophie’s abuse, would not be recommended for young readers.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the publisher. Thank you!


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