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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?
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
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5FamilyOctober 16, 2017MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0What a powerful page turning read, one that started so innocently with a berry picking trip, a trip that dictates the rest of their lives.
The Author has us walking in three different womens shoes, Grandmother, Mother, and Daughter, and how one act affects each one through decades, and actually forms the person they are now.
Loved how faith played a part in this story, and could picture how the relationships of these relatives have evolved. The story itself is heartbreaking, and makes you think, yes it could have happened.
Can you imagine the guilt that the young ten-year-old Hazel Mae felt, and then her parents, that allowed the ten year old to have the responsibility of watching a three year old? Heart breaking as to what happens to this family, and shows that the things we say and do to the child form the adult they become.
You really dont want to miss this one; it will keep you awake long into the night, and wonder how lives can be put back together.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Touching, lyrical writingOctober 13, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Bringing Maggie Home was a heart wrenching read that shows how one horrid act can devastate a family and generations later. Starting off with every parent's worst nightmare ten year old Hazel and her 3 year old sister go out blackberry picking. An innocent enough afternoon turns into a nightmare when little Maggie goes missing. For seventy years Hazel has not spoken of her sister.
There was so much emotion in this story. We have three generations of women: Hazel, now turning 80, her daughter Diane, and granddaughter Meghan. All three of these women are strong and stubborn and hold on to certain skewed viewpoints from their childhoods. Diane felt her mother Hazel was too overprotective where Meghan felt that her mother, Diane, did not love her enough nor was as affectionate like her grandmother. Hazel just wanted to protect Diane and not lose her as her sister was lost. And Diane wanted Meghan to stand on her own and not be smothered as she felt she was.
Even though this story touched on a very sad and scary topic, devastating people's lives, I cannot express enough how much this story affected me to love a little more and let go of things that do not matter. Hug my family a little tighter and thank God for them every day, many times a day. More than anything this book just showed me how all our perceptions right or wrong can affect those we love the most. That forgiveness is best and guilt and shame can ruin and cause death.
In regards to Maggie's disappearance, Meghan just happens to be a cold case detective so this book takes us on the trail with Meghan and her partner Sean as they pick up this cold case and search for what really happened that day and where did Maggie go. I needed to know along with the characters. All in all this was a satisfying read.
I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel SawyerOctober 1, 2017ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
One thing I appreciate about Kim Vogel Sawyers books is the way she weaves living a Christian life in the lives of her characters. In Bringing Maggie Home, I love the way she eased the Gospel into her story, especially in the life of Sean. I really like Sean, the Christian that stood up for his faith and his God, but didn't act holier than thou! He was just a nice guy and I was really rooting for him and Meghan to get together. Hazel was the sweetest old lady and my heart ached for her and the heartache she lived for 70 years. Diane was a little different. I did not like her and her arrogant ways and attitude. In the end, I warmed up to her more.
Hazel's sister Maggie has disappeared when their mother sent Hazel blackberry picking and sent three year old Maggie with her. Despite the community searching effortlessly, Maggie was never found. Hazel and her parents were never the same. Life was hard, bitter and so sad from that day on. Hazel went through life with Maggie's lost a secret from her family. It was when her granddaughter came to stay with Hazel to heal from an accident that the secret was accidentally brought to surface. Follow the journey of Hazel, her daughter Margaret Diane, her granddaughter Meghan and Meghan Cold Case Crime partner Sean as they investigate this seventy year old case of missing persons.
I received this book from Litfuse Tours Group and the publisher, Tyndale House to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 55.
gccbookworm5 Stars Out Of 5Mint of a MysterySeptember 30, 2017gccbookwormQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A heart-gripping, emotional story that covers three generations of DeFord women and a mystery dating back to when matriarch, Hazel DeFord, was a ten-year-old girl. Kim Vogel Sawyer weaves a story throughout the book surrounding the mysterious disappearance of Hazel's younger sister, Maggie, while picking blackberries. Hazel has never told her daughter or her granddaughter about Maggie that is until her granddaughter stumbles upon some old photographs while putting together a scrapbook for Hazel. Through the journey of trying to find Maggie each of the DeFord women are on their own journey of self discovery. So true of how an event can affect future generations. I found "Bringing Maggie Home" to be powerful, heart-breaking, and healing all in one. Don't miss reading this book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse and was under no obligation to post a review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A good novel of character transformationSeptember 29, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I enjoyed this character study woven into the plot of finding a sibling missing for seventy years. Because Hazel felt responsible for her younger sister having gone missing, she was very protective when she raised her own daughter, Diane. Diane resented the control and raised her own daughter to be very independent. Misunderstanding and resentment are in full force when the three generations of women are together.
It was interesting to see how the revelation of actions in the past helped the women to understand their behavior in the present. Understanding brought compassion and renewed love between them. Once Diane lost her resentment, she was open to the life changing power of the gospel. That was a touching aspect of the novel.
In addition to the character transformations, I enjoyed reading about the cold case investigation. It did seem to be solved way too easily and I thought there were a few loose ends about how the actions seventy years ago. But then, the emphasis of the novel is character transformation, not solving the mystery.
I do recommend this novel to those who enjoy a good study of how personalities are affected by events of the past and how those personalities can change when truth is brought to life. You'll get a little mystery and romance too.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse. My comments are an independent and honest review.