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Where the Heart Leads
Sequel to Waiting for Summer’s Return
From the bestselling author of Waiting for Summer’s Return.
After his graduation from college, Thomas Ollenburger is filled with big dreams and even bigger questions. What will he do for a job? Should he marry? Where will he call home? Torn between his Mennonite roots on the Kansas prairie and his love for the big city of Boston, as well as his affection for a girl from each location, Thomas doesn’t know which path he is meant to take. He has always sought God’s help with his decision-making, but now it seems Heaven is staying stubbornly silent. What will Thomas choose?
Will the desires of his heart lead him away from his Mennonite upbringing?
While this book is a sequel to Waiting for Summer’s Return, I feel it can be read as a standalone novel. Enough information is given so that a new reader will not feel lost while reading. If however, you have read the previous novel, it is a treat to be reunited with the characters and see how everyone has fared in the past years.
Christian Library Journal, October-December 2009
Thomas, a young Mennonite man from Kansas who has just completed college in Boston, has made friends with some prestigious people with backgrounds very different from his. His best friend’s sister dotes on Thomas and makes it clear she would like to marry him. But Daphne is not a Christian, and Thomas has been warned about being unequally yoked. And he has a girl back in Kansas waiting for him. He is torn between remaining in Boston, where he has promised Harry and Daphne he would work for a presidential candidate, and returning to Kansas, where his family anxiously awaits his return. He goes to Kansas for a few weeks, much to the delight of his father, who plans for him to open a business there. He enjoys spending time with his parents and younger sisters, but eventually returns to Boston to keep his promise. Working for the election turns sour when he learns things about his candidate’s background that conflict with everything Thomas has been taught. he turns to God for help in making these important, life-altering decisions, but God seems strangely silent. Should he follow the lead of his heart?
Where the Heart Leads offers a light read for historical fiction fans, and though the story takes an unexpected turn that may disappoint those familiar with the genre, Sawyer’s characters do not fail to make the right choices in the end.
Christian Retailing, September 22, 2008