1. Bringing Maggie Home
    Bringing Maggie Home
    Kim Vogel Sawyer
    WaterBrook / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a Great Read
    September 19, 2018
    Sandra Burson
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Bringing Maggie Home - eBook.
    I am a big fan of Ms. Sawyer. I so loved and would recommend Bringing Maggie Home.

    Sometimes when an author writes about two different time periods, you may find yourself having trouble keeping up. That is not true with this story. Kim has a way of intertwining contemporary and historical settings, she makes it seem flawless.

    This story for me had everything. My favorite part of Kim's writing, she always weaves a thread of faith throughout her story. Bringing Maggie Home is a little different than most of Kim's previous works. It is about two separate time periods, seventy years apart. It is about solving a mystery. It is about three generations of women, mother, daughter and grandmother. They could not be anymore different from each other. There is love, bitterness, suspense and intrigue present. I could not wait to read this book by Kim and now that I am done, I hate that it has ended. What a great read.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Deeply Emotional
    September 5, 2018
    Grams
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This story touched my heart in such a deep way that I felt compelled to message the author my gratitude when I was about three fourths of the way through the book. Reading this book felt like looking into a mirror from a variety of angles. While not everyone will have that experience, everyone will be touched by the depth of emotion evoked by Kim Vogel Sawyer through the lives of Hazel, Diane and Meghan DeFord.

    Hazel had lived most of her life with a childhood secret that continued to impact the next two generations of her family. The secret's revelation and the restoration that followed could only have been orchestrated by God. Bringing Maggie Home is an intensely emotional story of forgiveness, hope, and faith. Ultimately it is a story of peace, the peace that passes all understanding.

    I think NetGalley and WaterBrook for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
  3. Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Bringing Maggie Home
    May 17, 2018
    Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What happened to 3 year old Maggie after she disappeared in the woods when picking blackberries with her 10 year old sister Hazel? This unanswered question affected not only their immediate family but Hazel's daughter and granddaughter as well. Wracked with guilt, Hazel became overprotective with her own daughter, Margaret Diane, who in turn rebelled and showed little affection or protection to her daughter Meghan, though she did love her. After Meghan was in a car accident, she went to visit her grandmother during her recovery. Diane surprised them both by also visiting, jealous of the closeness between her daughter and mother. I enjoyed this book with it's portrayal of family dynamics and the mystery of what happened to Maggie. There is a strong faith message as well.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Bringing Maggie Home
    January 25, 2018
    rkfall
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Bringing 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.
  5. Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A page-turning family drama with the hint of romance and plenty of mystery
    January 16, 2018
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A 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.
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