Book Review of Where You Lead by Leslea Wahl
Sixteen-year-old Eve Donahue’s lonely existence changes in an instant when visions of a mysterious stranger haunt her. Certain God is calling her for a mission, she bravely says yes and begins her quest to meet this young man.
Thousands of miles away, Nick Hammond has been dealing with his own unusual experience, an unwavering certainness to convince his father to run for political office.
When these two unlikely teens finally meet, their belief that God has called them to work together sets them on a journey of faith to untangle a web of deception involving international trade agreements, lost confederate gold, and a blossoming romance. As they follow century old clues, they realize God can call us all in big and small ways. We just need to listen and say “Yes Lord, I will go where You lead.”
Today’s teen book review is actually my own book, Where You Lead.
The opening scene of the book is actually a thought that flashed into my mind over 25 years ago when my husband and I were newly married and had just moved to Washington, DC. I always thought it would make a great beginning to a book, but I was not a writer back then. After I began my writing career, I thought back to this idea and tried to figure out how I could make it work in a YA novel. At last, inspiration struck, and that spark of an idea became the novel Where You Lead.
When Eve, a teen living in New Mexico, has an odd vision of a teen boy named Nick, her adventure of a lifetime begins. Although she has never met him or know where he lives, Eve feels that God is calling her to find this mysterious boy. Her search leads her to Washington DC where Nick and Eve find themselves involved in the middle of international trade agreements, political foreign affairs, and missing Confederate Gold.
This book, about having the courage to say yes to God, has won a Silver Medal Illumination Christian Book Award and just recently came in 2nd Place in the Teen Category of the Catholic Press Association Book Awards.
A Note From the Reviewer:
As a writer and a mother, I’m always searching for wonderful Christian books for teens of all ages. I truly believe one way we can encourage teens in their faith is through fiction with positive messages, embedded in great stories. There are many fantastic Christian and Catholic teen novels out today but they can be hard to find. I’m excited to share some of these books with you.