Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home

Bringing Maggie Home
Kim Vogel Sawyer
ISBN: 978-0735290037
September 2017/352 pages/$14.99

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?

Read the first chapter.


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 www.kimvogelsawyer.com.


I almost hesitated to read this book because the cover and title pained my momma heart, but Kim Vogel Sawyer's name persuaded me. Sawyer did not disappoint as she has created a vibrant tale that evokes a plethora of emotions. I ached for young Hazel as her sister's disappearance upends her life and results in her parents' inability to cope and provide her with the love she needs. The impact and pain is palpable as Sawyer masterfully portrays the family dynamics of Hazel's childhood and her relationships decades later with her daughter and granddaughter. So much is tucked inside the pages of this book - mother/daughter issues, sister love, and more. Poignant and worth every tender ache, Bringing Maggie Home brims with love, loss, hope, and faith. I suggest reading this novel with a tissue in one hand and setting aside plenty of time, for you won't be able to leisurely read it in small portions. Don't miss it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Press and Litfuse Publicity Group for a blog tour. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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1 comment:

Beth said...

Ohhhhh. This looks good!