I wanted to put this book down after the first three chapters. It’s not for the reason you think, though. I was so heartbroken imagining the scenes that were happening and I’m a girl who likes happy endings. I couldn’t envision how this book could have a happy ending that would remotely satisfy me by the way it started! However, I didn’t allow myself to quit. I kept reading and I absolutely loved this story.
Bringing Maggie Home is a story about Hazel DeFord and her search for Maggie. Maggie disappeared when she was three years old. Hazel has always felt a sense of responsibility for her loss because she was supposed to have been watching her that day. The disapperance of Maggie shaped Hazel’s life and led to some misunderstandings about love in her relationships with her husband and her daughter.
This book is, without a doubt, a Christian fiction book. She does not shy away from showing how God is in the mess and in the hard times. I love her explanations of God’s love and the whole story of Job explained. She did a marvelous job writing these beautiful, life-teaching moments, yet not making it seem like it was “preachy.”
I really liked all of the characters, but I was hoping Sean and Meghan would be able to have a relationship together, despite being work partners. I really like how he honored women and cared about their integrity and their reputation and sought to protect that.
I have always enjoyed every book I’ve read by Kim Vogel Sawyer, but I think Bringing Maggie Home may be one of my favorites by her. It is one that I’ve caught myself thinking about several times throughout my day.
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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?
KIM VOGEL SAWYER
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.
I received this book free from Waterbrook Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.