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Three generations of women have had issues with their relationships due to a childhood trauma which affected how each girl was raised. When Hazel was ten, her three-year old sister disappeared while under her care and was never found. When Hazel’s granddaughter Megan, an investigator, finds out the truth, she begins an investigation that goes back to Arkansas seventy years ago when Hazel was a child. Megan begins to see how things that happened in their past makes them who they are today.
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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 cant understand her mothers overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mothers inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghana cold case agentcherishes her grandmothers 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 Hazels painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all thats been lost?
"Bringing Maggie Home is beautiful, deep, and engaging! Dont miss out on this powerful and emotive story."
Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times best-selling author
"In Bringing Maggie Home, Kim Vogel Sawyer has once again woven a story so rich and unforgettable that it leaves her readers both satisfied and hungering for more. Her storytelling ability invites her readers into each scene. We laugh and cry, squirm and ache with the characters as if they were family members...even the absent ones."
Cynthia Ruchti, author of twenty-one books, including A Fragile Hope and As My Parents Age
"Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of those books you cant put down until youve gulped the last page. The multilayered novel merges themes of restoration with a compelling search for a long-missing sister. I highly recommend this satisfying and richly imagined novel!"
Colleen Coble, USA Today best-selling author of Beneath Copper Falls and the Sunset Cove series
"High praise for Kim Vogel Sawyers Bringing Maggie Home! Kim intricately weaves the lives of three generations of women, each one affected by the tragedy of Hazels losing a sister long ago. The depth of the characters and Gods perfect timing are illustrated throughout their journeys. Already an award winner and a best seller, Kim takes her wonderful story to an extraordinary new level of writing."
Dianne Burnett, Publishers Weekly reviewer and former fiction editor for Christianbook.com
rkfall5 Stars Out Of 5Bringing Maggie HomeJanuary 25, 2018rkfallQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer is an amazing, can't put down until you're finished book about love, loss and God's grace. A most horrific event turned around realistically. I felt that this author did a great job of painting an authentic, lifelike story that touches the heart. There were times that this story had me cringing and other times where I wanted to pray for the lost in the story. When victories came around it had me jumping for joy as tears streamed down my face. If you're looking for a book that has hard issues, mystery, and a very honest presentation, I recommend this one.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A page-turning family drama with the hint of romance and plenty of mysteryJanuary 16, 2018KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A timeless story that explores the ripple effect a tragedy causes across generations. It's a rich, multi-layered tapestry of emotion that really made an impact on me. Told from the multiple view points of Hazel (grandmother), Diane (daughter) and Meghan (granddaughter) with the occasional flashback, it really illustrates the power a parent's words and actions hold. And how they shape the future generations beyond the moment they are said or done. This was an eyeopening read for me.
I adored Hazel. Closing in on eighty, we get the benefit of her memories first so it's easy to see how the disappearance of her sister shaped the rest of her life. But since she's buried that secret for decades, her daughter and granddaughter don't have the same insight the reader does and that makes family dynamics complicated. Especially between Hazel and her daughter.
True confession: Diane irked me from the very start. My least favourite character, I was bordering on hostile for most of the read. But Sawyer does an exceptional job of weaving a tale of grace and forgiveness and the patience it takes to live both truthfully so that was a huge takeaway lesson for me. :-)
Meghan is easy to love. She's has a unique relationship with her grandmother and it's that bond that catapults these three women onto a journey of discovery and healing.
One of my favourite quotes from the book is courtesy of Hazel -- a woman of faith paired with a wry sense of humour. "God, not to be irreverent, but sometimes I wonder if You listen to me at all." (p. 52) I can totally relate to that sentiment and might be guilty of saying the same thing from time to time. :-) Unfortunately, Diane has had a very different experience with religion which has left her contemptuous of anything to do with faith while Meghan is quietly questioning thanks to the gentle but direct encouragement of a friend. Loved the insights that come from the realistic mix of characters at different stages of their faith journey.
A page-turning family drama with the hint of romance and plenty of mystery.
mommatiger5 Stars Out Of 5Bringing Maggie HomeNovember 30, 2017mommatigerQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0i loved this book! But then, I love all of Kim's books. In this story, Kim weaves the past and present seamlessly. All of Kim's stories leave me wanting more and Bringing Maggie Home is no different. You become invested in the characters. You come to care for them. Read Bringing Maggie Home, you wont be disappointed!
Susie N MccurdyOklahomaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Bringing Maggie HomeNovember 22, 2017Susie N MccurdyOklahomaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 0Meets Expectations: 4This book was not the type I usually read. It was kind of slow for me but got better the further I read.
Readerofbooks5 Stars Out Of 5Bringing Maggie HomeNovember 21, 2017ReaderofbooksQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Sawyer doesn't have to use a lot of "Fancy" words to draw us into the story. Her straight forward manner with detailed dialogue draws the reader to the characters immediately. This book from the start holds intrigue with the disappearance of a precious three-year-old little girl. The main meat of this story however is not really about the mystery of the missing child. It is about the secrets we hold deep inside that make us ill and keep us from really living. Hazel has deep-seated guilt over the disappearance of her baby sister and this guilt has colored every aspect of her life. It is especially damaging to her relationship with her own daughter, Diane, who has felt stiffled by Hazel's overprotectiveness through the years. Fast forward to Diane becoming a mother and her adult daughter Meghan is in a serious car accident. This amazing story of God's physical healing of Meghan while simultaneously emotionally healing Hazel and Diane makes this "keeper".