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About the Book
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?
Maggie stole my heart in the very first chapter of this book! She was sweet and innocent, and just a bundle of joy. When I got the end of chapter one, I found my heart had fallen on the floor. Then when I turned to the first page of chapter two and found the timeline had jumped to seventy years later, I gasped. You mean I am not going to find out what happened right away?! Silly me, it is part of the whole story line! Never fear though, this is the beginning of a back and forth between past and present.
Sometimes I find that jumping back and forth can be a bit confusing, more so when you are dealing with the same characters. Not the case here at all, as Kim Vogel Sawyer has managed to go back and forth seamlessly. Every single part had a purpose, and by seeing Hazel’s past and all that she went through, you understood how she came to be the mother and woman she was today. On the flip side, you see a little bit of her daughter, Diana’s point of view, and you can sympathize with her in how difficult it must have been to have Hazel as a mother growing up. This is definitely a story where I could not take sides, as I agreed to some extent with each of them!
Much more than a story about searching for a long lost sister, this is a story about grace, reliance on God, second chances, and forgiveness. The storylines flowed together effortlessly, and I found myself sad once I reached the last page. And without giving the ending away, I do hope that we see more about a certain character’s POV in the future – I think it’d make for an interesting sequel!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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.