Where The Heart Leads
Set in 1904, Where the Heart Leads follows the story of Thomas Ollenburger, a young man recently finished with college and unsure of his direction in life. His rural Mennonite upbringing in Kansas conflicts with his lifestyle in Boston, where he earned his degree, and Thomas must decide if his future lies in the big city or back home with family. His relationship with the beautiful socialite Daphne and her family stands at odds with the simple friendship Thomas shares with his Kansas neighbor Belinda, and Thomas’s core beliefs are put to the test when he discovers his friends don’t share them. What will he choose for his life and can he live with the results?
Sawyer’s historical Christian novel is well written, and she has a gift for bringing her characters’ inner conflicts to life. The story moves deftly between characters and gives us insight into motivations and dreams. However, the major conflict of racial inequality is very politically correct, which pulled me out of the story. Also, the conversion to Christ of one of the main characters seemed unrealistic to me. Regardless, this is a sweet story that kept me entertained, and I would welcome opportunities to read more from this author.