Thursday, October 26, 2017

BRINGING MAGGIE HOME by Kim Vogel Sawyer




Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Dive into the story of a seventy-year-old unsolved mystery spanning three generations of women in Kim Vogel Sawyer’s new book, Bringing Maggie Home. 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 her headstrong and contentious mother and grandmother. 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?
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Bringing Maggie Home (WaterBrook, September 2017)
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?
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Kim Vogel Sawyer

{More About Kim Vogel Sawyer}

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.

MY REVIEW:
 Bring three generations of women from one family together and you are certain to have a story which will feature unresolved hurts, misunderstandings, and wounded egos.  Kim Vogel Sawyer's newest novel offers all that, plus a decades old secret which has colored the lives of all three women.  Grandmother Hazel knows that the guilt from her little sister's disappearance has shaped her life ever since, but her daughter Diane and granddaughter Meghan know nothing about this, even though both their childhoods were affected by what happened in the early 1940's.   Meghan's decision to convalesce after a car accident at her grandmother's Las Vegas home followed by her own mother's unannounced arrival provide the perfect backdrop to show that the love of family, even when only a faintest flickering light, can re-ignite and burn steady.  Although what happened to Hazel's sister was predictable, both because it had a basis in history and also because it has showed up in other fiction books recently, I liked this novel. I thought the actual discovery of the secret was quite straight forward, not really an investigation.  Everything just seemed to fall into place and unravel when Meghan and her partner visit her grandmother's childhood town. The Christian thread was more predominate than many Christian novels I have been reading lately, but it fit the story and characters.  I enjoyed BRINGING MAGGIE HOME, not because of the mystery vein, but because relationships were restored and healing found. I received a copy of this novel from Litfuse and all opinions are mine. 

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