Friday, March 20, 2009

Where the Heart Leads

Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: Bethany House
September 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0263-6
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Mennonite Thomas Ollenburger has accomplished what not many other Mennonites have. He has graduated from a Boston High School and College. Now he is facing decisions. Should he return home to his family in Kansas, or stay in Boston?

Whatever his ultimate decision, Thomas first plans to visit his family. But changes meet when he returns home. His family has abandoned the family farm and mill and now live in the city. His father seems to have placed unrealistic expectations on Thomas’s head. And finding a decent job in Kansas is proving difficult. Not only that but there is a girl in Boston…and a girl in Kansas…and Thomas is torn with matters of the heart too.

What will Thomas choose? Return to Boston and Daphne, or stay in Kansas with Belinda? Will his choices lead him away from him Mennonite background?

WHERE THE HEART LEADS is the long awaited sequel to Waiting for Summer’s Return. I enjoyed reconnecting with the characters in the first book, and getting to know Thomas as a young adult, as well as both of the young ladies involved.

Ms. Sawyer is a very talented author, and her works of fiction are gentle, easy-to-read stories of hope. I looked forward to seeing what choices Thomas would make, and hoped that he would make the best ones. Don’t miss WHERE THE HEART LEADS. It is a great story. $13.99. 347 pages.

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