Rising Darkness


Title:  Rising Darkness (Finding Sanctuary #3)

Author:  Nancy Mehl

Pages:  308

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Bethany House

While it is possible to read this book and enjoy it as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading the books from Nancy Mehl’s other series, The Road to Kingdom, to get the background story on Sophie Wittenbauer, the main character in Rising Darkness.  Each book in the two series is a pleasure to read and readers will not be disappointed.

Sophie’s return to a Mennonite-based community leads her to face her past, a past she has tried her best to escape and keep buried in the deepest reaches of her mind and heart.  She has turned her life around and made something of herself.  She is now a reporter for a St. Louis newspaper and is after a story that will make her famous if she succeeds.

She arrives in Sanctuary, Missouri only to be constantly reminded of her former life, growing up in the Mennonite community in Kingdom, Missouri.  Sanctuary is not as conservative as Kingdom, but there are some Mennonites present.  She has arrived in town using a false name and story as a ruse to search for clues to the identity of a man who robbed an armored car, killing the guards in the process.  What she doesn’t expect to find is Jonathon Wiese, a man she fell in love with when she lived in Kingdom, who now is the pastor of the local church.  She tries to avoid him as she is afraid he will recognize her even though she has lost a lot of weight and cut her hair.  Her heart still belongs to him, but he is a pastor now and she thinks he surely wouldn’t want to be around someone like her.  As she continues her research, she begins to receive threatening notes and is hit on the head by an unknown assailant.  Jonathan wants to keep her safe, but he also wants Sophie to see God never left her in the past and won’t leave her in the future.  Can Sophie unmask a thief and a murderer?  Can she trust God again?

The story is fast-paced and is a quick read as the action will keep readers turning pages rapidly to discover what happens next in the story.  I really liked the focus on God’s loving us no matter what we have done, that He sees Christ when he looks at His followers.  He doesn’t see us as unworthy of His love.  He doesn’t see all the rotten things we have done.  Jesus paid the cost; He took the punishment we deserve.  Thanks Nancy for such a good series!  I can’t wait to read what this author writes next!

My rating is 4 stars.

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