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 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.
"Bringing Maggie Home" is such an amazing story of healing, mystery and love. This novel spans about 70 years beginning with a horrific event when Hazel is 10 years old, and then moves on to when Hazel is a grandmother and three generations find themselves living under one roof. What happened in just a few moments when she was so young has impacted Hazel's relationship with her daughter, but it has impacted, although seemingly in the opposite way, her relationship with her granddaughter. When Hazel reveals why she lives life the way she does, Meghan is determined to solve this cold case and hopefully bring healing to her family.
I loved this book, it was such a powerful read. I loved the mystery/cold case aspect of it, but also how this one incident has molded Hazel's life and her relationships as well as leading Diane to feel and behave the way that she does. Meghan is such a strong individual and my favorite of the three women. This is a wonderful mix of historical and contemporary Christian fiction along with being a suspenseful novel and yet also women's fiction, a nice mix of so much, so it will appeal to all types of readers! I highly recommend this book be added to your to be read pile!
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