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by Kim Vogel Sawyer
From the back cover:
Decades of loss, an unsolved mystery, and a rift spanning three generations
Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.
Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan—a cold case agent—cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.
When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?
About the author:
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in several different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope and redemption. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.
Find out more about Kim at http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/.
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Some events in our lives have incredibly enduring consequences.
Bringing Maggie Home takes a look at three women who have been impacted by an event 70 years prior. Is it possible to solve the mystery and mend their relationships after all that time?
While some simple communication may have prevented the misunderstandings, I found each of the characters’ responses to be believable. Their struggles, hurts, and fears resonated. The mystery of what happened to little Maggie kept me reading, and the conclusion (although rather quick compared to the rest of the story) was satisfying.
Bringing Maggie Home includes quite a bit of Scripture and Biblical encouragement. This might turn off a non-believing reader, but my book club enjoyed being able to discuss the personal applications of the various issues the characters addressed.
This is not an action/adventure. The story takes a slower pace, with frequent stops along the way to look back at memories. But if you are looking for a novel that will draw you gently into the emotional drama of its characters and extend hope to your own heart, Bringing Maggie Home is a sweet read.
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)