Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wonderful Story! My Review of 'Bringing Maggie Home' - by Kim Vogel Sawyer

About the book:

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?

My review:
This was such a wonderful story!  I didn't want to put it down; it completely fascinated me.  I loved the characters.  I felt for Meghan and her being stuck in the middle.  I loved that we got all three perspectives and it's still amazing to me how things can get so misinterpreted because of our past experiences or prejudices.  A completely innocent comment can feel like a harsh criticism.  The emotional journey of all three was just as fascinating as the investigation.  I also loved the scenes from the past as we get some insight into their backgrounds and their influences.  The grandmother was so sweet and I can't imagine living with so much guilt for so many years, not to mention never knowing what had happened to her sister.  I really admired her strong faith, along with Meghan's partner's at the police force.  There were some great conversations about faith, including suffering and a very clear presentation of the gospel, as Meghan wasn't a believer.  It was interesting to see things from an unbelievers's perspective.  There's a hint of romance.  Meghan works with cold cases and it was fascinating to see some of their investigation as they tried to track down what happened to Maggie.  This book was just a well-written, fascinating story!  I highly recommend it!

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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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.
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