Where the Heart Leads

Where the Heart Leads

by Kim Vogel Sawyer
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Where the Heart Leads by Kim Vogel Sawyer

After his graduation from college, Thomas Ollenburger is filled with big dreams and many questions. What will he do for a career? 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 in each location, Thomas is unsure of his place in the world. He has always sought God's leading in his decision-making, but now it seems as if God is staying silent. Has Thomas's heart led him astray?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764202636
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Series: Heart of the Prairie Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 863,057
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is fond of C words like children, cats, and chocolate. She is the author of more than ten novels including the bestselling Waiting for Summer's Return. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and four grandchildren.

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Where the Heart Leads 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
In Where the Heart Leads, the lives of simple Kansas Mennonites and big city Bostonians are brought together due to a young man trying to find his place in the world. ThomasOllenburger is a recent college graduate who returns to his home to figure out what do with his life. He is unsure if he wants to stay and help out his family on the farm or go back to Boston and pursue the career he's always dreamed about. To make matters more complicated, both settings feature young women who are vying for a place in Thomas's heart. This book takes a subject not normally used in historical fiction. It is unique and interesting read as it shows a different side of the Mennonites, who have normally been portrayed as a modern version of the Amish. Here, the reader is taken back to the turn of the century and is shown how these people lived and survived in the Midwest. The characters in this novel are all very simple and down to earth. It is a rare occasion when the reader ends up feeling sympathy for both of the women who want Thomas to stay in their lives. Politics and other hot topic issues of the time period are brought to life as Thomas delves into the newspaper business. The historical tidbits sprinkled throughout bring the story to life. The reader can feel the excitement of the upcoming election as the young people in the book are anxious to have their feelings and thoughts heard. While this book is a sequel to Waiting for Summer's Return, I felt that 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.
DAZDZ More than 1 year ago
Great story, predictable ending, and easy read. Loved it
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dmsladky More than 1 year ago
A great book. Really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All reviews a plot spoiler. Would be nice just once to see a real review, not a regurgitated book report revealing the entire book. Please stop ruining the book for other readers ppl. It is rude, hateful and inconsiderate.
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I enjoyed this book. Kept my interest and was a page turner.
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tish-a More than 1 year ago
I love this writer shes a great christian book writer. Others I read of hers were Where the heart leads the first book to this series, song of my heart,Fields of Grace, ByGones, Beginning and Blessings all great books.
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In the long-awaited follow-up to Waiting for Summer's Return, Kim Vogel Sawyer takes us on a journey with Thomas Ollenburger. He is torn between a life as a journalist in Boston, and returning to his small hometown to make a life there. Even worse, he finds he has feelings for women in both places. This book surprised me more than once. A subplot concerning a presidential election and the power of the press makes it remarkably timely. And the romance aspect, while sweet and gentle, is unique with a lovely twist. Fans of Sawyer will not be disappointed with her latest offering. And if you've never read this author before, don't worry. Even though this is a sequel, you can read it on its own and never feel left behind. Enjoy!
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Kim Vogel Sawyer 2008 Bethany House Publishers Fiction/Christian Fiction/ Historical Fiction 5 stars Reviewed by Cindy Loven Thomas Ollenburger, a young Mennonite from Kansas has graduated from college in Boston, where he has stayed for 6 years with a family friend. He is on his way to find God's will for his life. His father and stepmother hope, that will be back home in Kansas, and Thomas has a drawing to Boston. Perhaps the drawing has something to do with a lovely young lady named Daphne, the sister of a college friend. Thomas spends several months in Kansas, and renews a friendship with a young Mennonite girl, Belinda, that he went to school with, and now he has mixed feelings about returning to Boston. However a letter from Daphne assuring him there is a job for him at her father's newspaper influences Thomas to return to Boston. Watch the story unfold as Thomas returns to Boston, works hard and is promoted at the newspaper, and finds the truth. Truth about his work with the Presidential candidate, truth about his walk with God, truth about his job, truth about Daphne. Thomas grows up before your eyes, into a young man who knows God's will for his life. A faith building book, as side stories about Belinda, and her family and their struggles, Daphne and her struggles to find faith, and Thomas' own struggles to find truth, will keep your attention. Another wonderful story from Kim Vogel Sawyer. 347 pages $13.99 US
Guest More than 1 year ago
WHERE THE HEART LEADS by Kim Vogel Sawyer Reviewed by Marion Kelley Bullock If you¿ve read Waiting for Summer¿s Return, you¿re probably dying to read more about Summer, Peter Ollenburger, and his son, Thomas. Thomas, grown now, and having earned a college degree from Boston Tech, must make a momentous decision. He¿s lived in Boston with Nadine Steadman, Summer¿s mother-in-law, for the past six years, in order to complete his education. He¿s torn between his Mennonite roots in Hillsboro, Kansas, and his love for Boston, where he¿s been offered a newspaper job befitting his education. Add to that his affection for a girl in each place. Which path does God want him to choose? Which girl? While Thomas struggles with these decisions, he¿s faced with another conflict. His boss expects him to support a certain political candidate. Now he finds that this candidate¿s ideals and values are opposed to his own. He wants to be where he can do the most good. But how can he write less than the truth?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kim Sawyer's book, 'Where the Heart Leads', has captured my heart. It's the story of a young man who has received a college education in Boston, a far cry from his Mennonite upbringing in a small farm community in Kansas, yet Sawyer beautifully manages to ratchet up the tension by forcing Thomas Ollenburger to make some life-changing decisions. Using a deceptively light hand, Sawyer portrays all her characters with rich emotional depth and detail, as they make choices in careers, love--and loyalty-- choices we all make at one time or another. We experience pathos with Thomas as he must take leave of his parents, three sisters and Belinda, the woman who has grown attached to him, for the promise of a successful life and new love in Boston. The world calls it success...but does it offer real happiness? And is it God's will? Sawyer weaves these universal experiences into an entertaining story, with the added charm of taking us back to 1904, proving people haven't changed in their need for a true relationship with each other-- or with God. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it!