Book Review: Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

"God doesn't sleep. He's listening. So let's talk to Him." (48)

Title:  Bringing Maggie Home
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: Waterbrook & Multnomah Fiction
Release Date:  September 5, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction / Dual Time

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?

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer hits all the right notes in a well crafted novel. A story about mother-daughter relationships as it is about the consequence of a past that haunts. With enough intrigue and a mystery that drives, the emotional turmoil and the effects of it that drove 3 generations, Bringing Maggie Home will ensnare your soft spot.

"If God cast us aside over the nicks in our lives, none of us would make it to heaven." (161)

Beautifully written in various perspectives, but each with its own voice, Bringing Maggie Home is touching to say the least. Have you ever read a book, a story that builds your interest from the first page, and continues onto the last, bringing a perfect closure to what you've dread along with the characters? Well, it's like that, and to a point where it render me speechless.

The message of love, of reasons, but also of faith drove this story to home. Bringing Maggie Home fascinates, touches and revels.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Kim Vogel Sawyer is the highly acclaimed, best-selling author of gentle stories of hope such as What Once Was Lost and Through the Deep Waters. With more than one million books in print, Kim has garnered numerous awards including the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don. She enjoys travel, quilting, and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.

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