Sydell Voeller's The Heart Leads Home is a story that touches the heart. Orphaned at an early age, Sarah Pendleton lives with her loving grandparents in a small, rural community where her grandfather is a pastor. The people in the community think highly of her and expect her to be a perfect kid. Overwhelmed by the community's expectations, Sarah marries a stereotypical "bad boy" who eventually abandons her when she gets pregnant. Rich Stevens, on the other hand, is a widower who has an 8-year-old daughter Carly, who still grieves over her mother's death. Sarah and Rich meet and the attraction is strong. However, he is a youth pastor at the same place where her grandfather had served and Sarah has a baby she left behind.
The Heart Leads Home is a completely engaging love story. Although a complicated plot like this is at risk of being overly dramatic, Sydell Voeller is such a wonderful storyteller for presenting her story effectively. Each character is palpable and you could sense their own struggles - they are who they are and we love them for that. I would not have second thoughts recommending this novel. There are so many lessons we learn from the two lead characters - Sarah and Rich.
This is a book that you will love to read and a romance that you want to end happily ever after. This is not your typical romance novel simply because you have a truly gifted author. Voeller writes a different kind of romance story about two people you would never have thought should end up together.