04 October 2017

Captivating, Intriguing & Excellent | Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer


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?


What an excellent book. Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Bringing Maggie Home held me captive from the very beginning with its characters and their secrets, regrets, and hurts. Sharing the story of three generations of the DeFord family, many moments throughout the novel broke my heart, but great emotion and faith flow through it all, too. Add to the family drama the mystery deep in the past, and Bringing Maggie Home is an intriguing and page-turning read. I loved it and can’t help to recommend it to all interested readers.


Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group, I received a complimentary copy of Bringing Maggie Home and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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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