Bringing Maggie Home
Decades of Loss, an Unsolved Mystery, and a Rift Spanning Three GenerationsHazel 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?

Bringing Maggie Home Details

TitleBringing Maggie Home
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherWaterbrook Press
ISBN-139780735290037
Rating
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult, Christian Fiction, Family, Mystery, Christian

Bringing Maggie Home Review

  • Andrea Cox
    January 1, 1970
    by Andrea Renee CoxI've been a fan of Kim Vogel Sawyer's for a long time now. When I found out she was stepping into new-to-her territory with Bringing Maggie Home, I was immediately excited. It can sometimes be a rough transition for authors when they branch out into different genres from their normal ones, but with Ms. Sawyer's talent for storytelling, I had a feeling she'd knock it out of the park. I've been telling people about this book for weeks, even though I hadn't yet read it, and the f by Andrea Renee CoxI've been a fan of Kim Vogel Sawyer's for a long time now. When I found out she was stepping into new-to-her territory with Bringing Maggie Home, I was immediately excited. It can sometimes be a rough transition for authors when they branch out into different genres from their normal ones, but with Ms. Sawyer's talent for storytelling, I had a feeling she'd knock it out of the park. I've been telling people about this book for weeks, even though I hadn't yet read it, and the feedback has been encouraging.I'm here to let all of those people -- and anyone else who will listen -- that this book is a must-read novel that is certain to dig deep into your soul and emotions.As always, Ms. Sawyer did a fantastic job creating complex characters that feel real and as if they could leap off the page and into my house for a dinner date. This time, though, the focus was not on a romance -- there was a hint of romance, so keep your eyes open for that. Instead, it was a raw and gritty yet amazing and realistic multi-generational story of the bonds between mothers and daughters and sisters. Sometimes these relationships get broken along the way, but it's in the mending of these bonds that mothers and daughters and sisters come to truly understand each other and become great friends. I particularly liked this quote: "What kind of mending might they be able to accomplish if they had six weeks together...?" That line gave me lots of hope for the characters that were butting heads like mountain goats jockeying for alpha-male status.The story was intricate and unfolded like fitting together pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. At first, it didn't seem like a full picture would be formed by the tiny clusters that began to take shape. But patience prevailed and a beautiful portrait of hope and redemption revealed itself. Whatever you do, please do not skip ahead to find out early what happens. The journey discovered through each chapter is well worth every minute it takes to read. Ooh, I wish I could fully express the emotional impact of the book! I wept on more than one occasion, but then, I am a bit of a weeper. Still, I have to believe it was mostly -- if not in total -- due to the brilliant writing in Bringing Maggie Home.One of the most impactful parts of this story was the faith thread. It was naturally infused throughout the pages, and I especially loved the plentiful amount of Bible verses that fit perfectly into the story where they were inserted. I got the good chills several times when reading these wonderful scenes when the characters discovered something about their faith. I love it when this happens when I read a good book!There was also encouragement for singles who are still waiting on God to send that right-for-them person into their lives. Take a look at this tidbit: "He knew the biblical passages about not being unequally yoked, and he'd never forget his mom's admonition about dating -- 'Don't let yourself fall in love with a girl who doesn't love the Lord.'" And this one: "If he was meant to have a family someday, God would bring a faithful woman into his life." These lines lifted my heart and renewed my hope that God does indeed have amazing plans for my future, as it is told in Jeremiah 29:11. Holding onto hope through the challenges of life and the unknowns of our futures is one of the most precious parts of faith in God. I'm glad for every reminder to hold onto hope that I find in my daily life, and this book is definitely one of those.Bringing Maggie Home is a book I'll be pre-ordering -- it comes out in early September 2017 -- and rereading several times in the coming years. It's a must-read, five-star keeper. Are you planning on reading it?I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, authors, and sites like Netgalley, Litfuse Publicity Group, and Blogging for Books. They do not require me to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    New favorite! Preorder now! :)Review later...
  • Amanda Tero
    January 1, 1970
    A hint of mystery. A hint of intrigue. A hint of bitterness. A hint of romance. This seemed to be the perfect balance of all of that. What is best is that there was way more than a hint of faith and Christianity. From the first few chapters, characters with strong faith in God crossed the pages. It was truly a blessing to have it unashamedly crossing the pages. Sean. Hazel. Oh my, those characters were amazing! There was no doubt about how they viewed God and the Bible.Now for the actual story. A hint of mystery. A hint of intrigue. A hint of bitterness. A hint of romance. This seemed to be the perfect balance of all of that. What is best is that there was way more than a hint of faith and Christianity. From the first few chapters, characters with strong faith in God crossed the pages. It was truly a blessing to have it unashamedly crossing the pages. Sean. Hazel. Oh my, those characters were amazing! There was no doubt about how they viewed God and the Bible.Now for the actual story. The whole relationship between Hazel, her daughter, and granddaughter, was amazingly real and a study of human nature and how one’s past, left unresolved, will affect their decisions—even when they do not realize it.As I mentioned, the faith content was five-star. The Gospel was clearly presented, living by the Spirit clearly shown—yet there were also portions that were true such as a church being judgmental and turning people away from the church. So many things were covered in this book and were Biblically sound.The romance was truly just a hint, and not at all emotionally driven. There was one scene of past events that I wouldn’t recommend younger readers reading (one of the characters had gotten pregnant out of wedlock and it highlights that a little yet doesn’t become explicit).In conclusion, I enjoyed this read and happily place another Kim Vogel Sawyer book on my shelf.*I received this book from Blogging for Books and happily provided my honest review*
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fantastic and memorable read. I loved Hazel and sweet Meghan. I was sad and hurt and I wanted to stop reading this book. But I had to know what was going to happen next. I am here to tell you, YOU will love this book. You will be on the edge of your seat trying to find out what's going to happen next.Sawyer always writes the best stories and they are all very different. But this one left me feeling like God's always got my back.It will all turn out alright in the end.I will say t This was such a fantastic and memorable read. I loved Hazel and sweet Meghan. I was sad and hurt and I wanted to stop reading this book. But I had to know what was going to happen next. I am here to tell you, YOU will love this book. You will be on the edge of your seat trying to find out what's going to happen next.Sawyer always writes the best stories and they are all very different. But this one left me feeling like God's always got my back.It will all turn out alright in the end.I will say this, Maggie and Hazels story is one you may never forget. And you will reread it over and over,I gave this book 5 star two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    Fair warning: this book has left me so happy and joyfully speechless that there is no possible way this review will come anywhere even close to doing this incredible book justice! This is my first time reading a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer and I can tell you right now that it will not be my last! I adored this book from page one on, it is a very deep and emotional read, my emotions were invested in this story from the get go! It isn't often that I read a book where I find myself thinking about the Fair warning: this book has left me so happy and joyfully speechless that there is no possible way this review will come anywhere even close to doing this incredible book justice! This is my first time reading a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer and I can tell you right now that it will not be my last! I adored this book from page one on, it is a very deep and emotional read, my emotions were invested in this story from the get go! It isn't often that I read a book where I find myself thinking about the characters even when I'm not reading, this is exactly what happened to me while reading Bringing Maggie Home! I did not want to put it down because I just had to see what would happen next! I love that this story features three generations of Deford family women, I loved getting all three of their stories, I think I related a little more to Meghan probably just because of my age but all three of their stories touched my heart and won't let go! The way God used all the decades of hurt in this family to bring His plan for them to fruition will bring tears to your eyes, it left me with an even deeper sense of awe at how amazing our God is! I don't think it would be possible to read this story and not be moved and changed by it, this book touched my heart in more ways than I can even begin to express, and it challenged and strengthened my faith, something only the very best books can do! There was not a moment of this book that I didn't absolutely love, it's not often that I feel a novel was too short but in this case I did simply because I did not want to say goodbye to these characters, I have my fingers crossed that there will someday be a sequel! It is not possible to put into words just how amazing this book is, but just know that this one is a must read and I anticipate reading it many times in the future, it's that good!Highly recommend, everyone should read this one!I received a copy of this book from the publisher. No review required. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    What a powerful page turning read, one that started so innocently with a berry picking trip, a trip that dictates the rest of their lives.The Author has us walking in three different women’s shoes, Grandmother, Mother, and Daughter, and how one act affects each one through decades, and actually forms the person they are now. Loved how faith played a part in this story, and could picture how the relationships of these relatives have evolved. The story itself is heartbreaking, and makes you think, What a powerful page turning read, one that started so innocently with a berry picking trip, a trip that dictates the rest of their lives.The Author has us walking in three different women’s shoes, Grandmother, Mother, and Daughter, and how one act affects each one through decades, and actually forms the person they are now. Loved how faith played a part in this story, and could picture how the relationships of these relatives have evolved. The story itself is heartbreaking, and makes you think, yes it could have happened.Can you imagine the guilt that the young ten-year-old Hazel Mae felt, and then her parents, that allowed the ten year old to have the responsibility of watching a three year old? Heart breaking as to what happens to this family, and shows that the things we say and do to the child form the adult they become.You really don’t want to miss this one; it will keep you awake long into the night, and wonder how lives can be put back together. I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Bringing Maggie Home: A Novel by [Vogel Sawyer, Kim]It has been a while since I have read a novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I am so glad that I picked up this book. It was like seeing a friend who you haven't seen for a long time. In Bringing Maggie Home, the main character is Hazel DeFord. When she was ten, her sister, Maggie, who was three, disappears while the two girls are berry picking. Now, almost seven decades later, it is still a mystery as to what happened all those years ago. Hazel has kept Bringing Maggie Home: A Novel by [Vogel Sawyer, Kim]It has been a while since I have read a novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I am so glad that I picked up this book. It was like seeing a friend who you haven't seen for a long time. In Bringing Maggie Home, the main character is Hazel DeFord. When she was ten, her sister, Maggie, who was three, disappears while the two girls are berry picking. Now, almost seven decades later, it is still a mystery as to what happened all those years ago. Hazel has kept this as a guilt as she feels responsible since she was the older sister. This feeling has kept her from becoming close to her own daughter, Diane. Diane does not understand why her mother was almost paranoid about her protection. Diane's daughter Meghan, loves her grandmother, including all the attention. Meghan takes a leave-of-absence after a car accident which makes all three women living together for a while. While there the secret guilt of Hazel's comes to the surface and causes Meghan to wonder if she will be able to solve this case. What good writing. I wanted to continue reading to the end so I could find out what happened all those years ago. I love it when this happens. It really touched my heart, even with a subject which almost made me not read it. This story changes points of view throughout, plus time periods. This is handled in such an effortless manner which shows the skills of the author. I felt like I was a part of each life.This book is one that I thoroughly enjoyed and I highly recommend it. I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    This novel was so intriguing, so captivating, that it made me do something that I haven’t done in quite a long time…it made me stay up into the wee hours of the morning reading it!!! That’s right. I could not set this book down and go to sleep. I had to find out what really happened in the past to Hazel Mae’s sister! And even though I was so very tired the next day (which is why I don’t usually stay up late reading anymore) I was happy I did, because this book was worth it!These characters were This novel was so intriguing, so captivating, that it made me do something that I haven’t done in quite a long time…it made me stay up into the wee hours of the morning reading it!!! That’s right. I could not set this book down and go to sleep. I had to find out what really happened in the past to Hazel Mae’s sister! And even though I was so very tired the next day (which is why I don’t usually stay up late reading anymore) I was happy I did, because this book was worth it!These characters were very interesting and there are quite a few flashbacks to the past, which I enjoyed a lot. The author switched between the three generations of DeFord women showing things from their perspectives in rotating chapters. This took a little getting used to at first. I had to keep reminding myself which woman’s viewpoint I was reading through. But, once I got that straight, I appreciated seeing how each woman viewed things.This story really grabbed me. There was a very, very light romance flowing through it, however, that is not the main objective of this novel. The family relationship, letting go of animosity, realizing who God really is, and solving the mystery of Maggie’s disappearance propelled the story line and made this a book I truly enjoyed.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Jen.
    January 1, 1970
    ..This was really good! Powerful and emotional flashbacks. Strong faith content. Seventy year old guilt-ridden secret. Unsolved mystery. Family dysfunction. Laugh out loud moments. Beautifully written! Highly recommend!
  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    January 1, 1970
    “ It only takes one generation of neglecting God to turn a faithful family into a faithless one.” - Bringing Maggie Home - Kim Vogel Sawyer Losing a child is probably one of the hardest things to deal with in life. For the parents, it seem unbelievable and impossible to try to move forward, but for one little girl, Hazel Mae, she would carry the burden of how she destroyed her family for seventy years and it would create ripples that would affect every relationship after that one. When her mom t “ It only takes one generation of neglecting God to turn a faithful family into a faithless one.” - Bringing Maggie Home - Kim Vogel Sawyer Losing a child is probably one of the hardest things to deal with in life. For the parents, it seem unbelievable and impossible to try to move forward, but for one little girl, Hazel Mae, she would carry the burden of how she destroyed her family for seventy years and it would create ripples that would affect every relationship after that one. When her mom told her to take her 3 year old sister, Maggie with her to pick blackberries for a pie she was making for her daddy's birthday, she never imagined what would happen. When she went to scare off a snake that was ready to kill a family of baby bunnies for a moment, when she turned back around Maggie went missing. Even after all the searching only a handful of clues remained. A ribbon that was in her hair that day caught high in the branch of a tree, the birthday doll she received left right when Hazel had left her, and a shoe near a creek. Some believed that Maggie fell into a rapidly moving creek that day. Others said a band of gypsies had taken her as they were run out of town. But Hazel believed that none of those answered the questions she held locked away in her heart. Now with her daughter Margaret Diane and her granddaughter Meghan, three generations of women will uncover the secrets that Hazel has been holding onto and perhaps find resolution as they work together to discover what happened to Maggie that fateful day, but also answering years of questions for both Margaret Diane and Meghan how her actions over the years are laid bare for them to see the many why's they couldn't understand until the pieces begin to fit together. I received Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer compliments of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers and Litfuse Publicity. I really enjoyed this novel as readers get to understand how the actions of one person can have a life long affect on those that come after them. This is more than a family torn apart by the years but also leads to discovery, hope and reconciliation as they work together in hopes of finding the answers that will do more than heal them of their past hurts. A reader's discussion guide is found at the conclusion of this book that would be great for book clubs to enjoy. The novel toggles not only from past to present, but also between the different perspectives of the three women as they slowly unravel the past and work their way to a future none of them were looking for. Part mystery, part suspense, part historical, you won't want to put this one down until you too find the answers of what happened to Maggie that fateful day. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
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  • Kathleen E.
    January 1, 1970
    Friday, September 8, 2017Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer, © 2017My Review:This story is different from previous writings by this author. It centers around an event kept hidden from earlier times in 1943 Arkansas, still affecting responses in a family now in the present contemporary time. When an unsolved mystery is revealed, hope arises of resolving family conflict spreading throughout the pages to mend their relationship. I forge forward in their journey, hoping this will be so! Nothin Friday, September 8, 2017Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer, © 2017My Review:This story is different from previous writings by this author. It centers around an event kept hidden from earlier times in 1943 Arkansas, still affecting responses in a family now in the present contemporary time. When an unsolved mystery is revealed, hope arises of resolving family conflict spreading throughout the pages to mend their relationship. I forge forward in their journey, hoping this will be so! Nothing sadder than to lose those closest to you ~ a gifting actually to cherish.Meddling did not seem to fit in, as three generations are unable to form an alliance between themselves without taking two sides against one. The daughter has been feeling the granddaughter got more attention from the mother than she herself had received while growing up. In fact such a dismal comparison, she thought she saw why she was so determined to leave home earlier than planned by either of them. The past not reckoned with, dissolved any hope for a relationship beyond what had been experienced previously....Meghan DeFord looked so forward to spending time in Nevada with her beloved grandmother, Hazel Blackwell DeFord. Many happy memories of earlier stays seemed just what was needed to rest and heal physically from traffic accident injuries. Surprisingly, her emotionally absent mother, Diane DeFord, appears out of nowhere it seemed, encouraging plans to stay a spell as she brings not one but four dogs with her. Meghan quickly finds a referee is needed as one or the other seems to find barbs to spread into conversations. Reverting to past actions, the whirlwind seems to shatter a welcomed relief Meghan had envisioned.I am reminded of a quote by Elisabeth Elliot Gren that certainly applied to this scenario:"Then I heard a tape which said it was a lie of the enemy to believe that some event that had happened would prevent something else from ever happening. As if a mistake you or someone else made would forever prevent God's will for your life."--Quest for Love, 240As I read on, I see an inkling of an exposure of light and truth seeping in from those around them. Darkness cannot remain when exposed to God's love infiltrating a cycle of negative repetition; habits that have enfolded hearts unable to see a way of escape. Slow changes begin, as the sadness and despondency of the past are unveiled. Secrets revealed and talked about, help them to see the possibility of the past not dominating the future and present of their lives.This is a strong story of hope speaking into their lives as they begin to hear and dislodge the hold of the past. The characters reflect on their individual memories as growing trust and confidence surface.***Thank you, author Kim Vogel Sawyer, and WaterBrook for sending a print pre-copy to me. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this character study woven into the plot of finding a sibling missing for seventy years. Because Hazel felt responsible for her younger sister having gone missing, she was very protective when she raised her own daughter, Diane. Diane resented the control and raised her own daughter to be very independent. Misunderstanding and resentment are in full force when the three generations of women are together.It was interesting to see how the revelation of actions in the past helped the wome I enjoyed this character study woven into the plot of finding a sibling missing for seventy years. Because Hazel felt responsible for her younger sister having gone missing, she was very protective when she raised her own daughter, Diane. Diane resented the control and raised her own daughter to be very independent. Misunderstanding and resentment are in full force when the three generations of women are together.It was interesting to see how the revelation of actions in the past helped the women to understand their behavior in the present. Understanding brought compassion and renewed love between them. Once Diane lost her resentment, she was open to the life changing power of the gospel. That was a touching aspect of the novel.In addition to the character transformations, I enjoyed reading about the cold case investigation. It did seem to be solved way too easily and I thought there were a few loose ends about how the actions seventy years ago. But then, the emphasis of the novel is character transformation, not solving the mystery.I do recommend this novel to those who enjoy a good study of how personalities are affected by events of the past and how those personalities can change when truth is brought to life. You'll get a little mystery and romance too.I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I decided to read this book because of the mystery surrounding a sister losing her sister. This is most definitely Sawyer's best book to date. Her writing in this novel was fresh and unique from her other books. This book will hook you in from page one as we flip back and forth past and present time. Sawyer also did a splendid job in writing from three perspectives AND adding the past and present chapters. The thing I loved about this book, aside from the mystery is the relationship between gran I decided to read this book because of the mystery surrounding a sister losing her sister. This is most definitely Sawyer's best book to date. Her writing in this novel was fresh and unique from her other books. This book will hook you in from page one as we flip back and forth past and present time. Sawyer also did a splendid job in writing from three perspectives AND adding the past and present chapters. The thing I loved about this book, aside from the mystery is the relationship between grandmother, mother, and daughter. This book portrays so much about real life relationships between a family and their past and how so many hurts have shaped who they are today, good and bad. The only thing that I felt perhaps could have been a little stronger was the reveal at the end on the mystery part of the story. I felt it was perhaps a little too easy but otherwise well written! This is a wonderful book and one I encourage grandmothers, mothers, and daughters to read! Five stars. Releases September 5th! "I received this book from Blogging for Books for free. All opinions are my own."
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  • Kasandra
    January 1, 1970
    Have a large box of tissues beside you as you read Bringing Maggie Home. I've read 95% of the books Kim Vogel Sawyer has had published and this one is the best so far. I cried through the last 20 pages of the book and could hardly see through my tears.The lives of the three women, Hazel, Diane, and Meghan, are so real and touching it was hard to put the book down and sleep. This book deals with the search for Hazel's missing sister, Maggie, who disappeared when she was three years old while the Have a large box of tissues beside you as you read Bringing Maggie Home. I've read 95% of the books Kim Vogel Sawyer has had published and this one is the best so far. I cried through the last 20 pages of the book and could hardly see through my tears.The lives of the three women, Hazel, Diane, and Meghan, are so real and touching it was hard to put the book down and sleep. This book deals with the search for Hazel's missing sister, Maggie, who disappeared when she was three years old while the two sisters were blackberry picking in Cumpton, AR. As a result of Maggie's disappearance, 10-year-old Hazel's life is forever scarred and affects her own daughter's life, Diane, as well as her granddaughter, Meghan.Kim handles the topic of dysfunctional families in such a way that leaves hope in the heart of the reader that their own families could be healed.I received an advanced reader copy of Bringing Maggie Home for review purposes. My review is a reflection of my honest appraisal of Kim Vogel Sawyer's work, Bringing Maggie Home.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    Bringing Maggie Home is one of those bittersweet yet heartwarming reads.A seventy year old secret comes to age when a the three DeFord have to come together because of an accident.Hazel, Diane and Meghan all have hurts but Hazel carries a secret that no one suspects. Hazel has become quite an overprotective parent to her daughter, Diane. Diane has never understood why her mother would not relinquish some control.When Meghan has an auto accident and all three women come together under one roof th Bringing Maggie Home is one of those bittersweet yet heartwarming reads.A seventy year old secret comes to age when a the three DeFord have to come together because of an accident.Hazel, Diane and Meghan all have hurts but Hazel carries a secret that no one suspects. Hazel has become quite an overprotective parent to her daughter, Diane. Diane has never understood why her mother would not relinquish some control.When Meghan has an auto accident and all three women come together under one roof the women begin to discover things about themselves.Since Meghan is a cold case agent she decides to use her investigative tools and try and find out what happened in the past.Such an interesting mystery with family ties that bind the heart and help each family member face some tragedy from the past.A lovely read! This book would also make a wonderful gift for that reader on your list.*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    Bringing Maggie Home was a very good read. It was sad and happy, suspenseful and humorous. It is a story of how childhood wounds can scar long into adulthood and affect generations to come. It is also a story of the power of forgiveness and the hope of redemption. It reminds us of the need for grace with each other, but most of all from God.I really enjoyed each of the four main characters in this book: 80 year old Hazel, her daughter Diane, Diane's daughter Meghan, and Meghan's detective partne Bringing Maggie Home was a very good read. It was sad and happy, suspenseful and humorous. It is a story of how childhood wounds can scar long into adulthood and affect generations to come. It is also a story of the power of forgiveness and the hope of redemption. It reminds us of the need for grace with each other, but most of all from God.I really enjoyed each of the four main characters in this book: 80 year old Hazel, her daughter Diane, Diane's daughter Meghan, and Meghan's detective partner Sean. Different sections of each chapter are told through the eyes of one these characters, which I love. It's so interesting to see the events of the book unfold with the various perspectives of these characters. The book is part mystery, part love story, and contains some interesting twists and turns. I'm sure anyone who enjoys a well-written contemporary Christian fiction book will love it! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Lori Parrish
    January 1, 1970
    Just beautiful and so very sad!!! It brought tears of sadness and tears of joy to my eyes!!Some of this story eve made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. Call it premonition.I have loved every one of Kim's books since I've started reading Christian fiction. I enjoyed this book so much to the fullest!!Overprotectiveness can be a good thing and it can be a good thing.I'm certain situations like Hazels I can definitely understand. I'm in agreement with Hazel. No one is so damaged that they Just beautiful and so very sad!!! It brought tears of sadness and tears of joy to my eyes!!Some of this story eve made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. Call it premonition.I have loved every one of Kim's books since I've started reading Christian fiction. I enjoyed this book so much to the fullest!!Overprotectiveness can be a good thing and it can be a good thing.I'm certain situations like Hazels I can definitely understand. I'm in agreement with Hazel. No one is so damaged that they can't come to Jesus and be healed. We always have a Father .You see, God orchestrates things in His own time. He wants us to come to Him on our own.Yes, I'm Thomas the doubter at times but, aren't we all?I can only stress that I enjoyed this book I received this book for free.. In no way was I required to review this book and all opinions are my own!!!
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  • Leslie M.
    January 1, 1970
    Hazel DeFord is haunted by her past and the seventy-year-old mystery of what happened to her three-year-old sister Maggie, who disappeared while they were picking blackberries. No one, including Hazel’s daughter Diane and granddaughter Meghan, knows about Maggie. However, that changes when Meghan goes to spend time with Hazel while recovering from an injury. Diane decides to stay with them as well, as she hopes to convince Hazel to move into an assisted living facility. Three generations are now Hazel DeFord is haunted by her past and the seventy-year-old mystery of what happened to her three-year-old sister Maggie, who disappeared while they were picking blackberries. No one, including Hazel’s daughter Diane and granddaughter Meghan, knows about Maggie. However, that changes when Meghan goes to spend time with Hazel while recovering from an injury. Diane decides to stay with them as well, as she hopes to convince Hazel to move into an assisted living facility. Three generations are now living under the same roof, which may prove to be a challenge for all of them. Through an unexpected series of events, Meghan and Diane learn about Maggie, and Meghan is determined to help Hazel find out the truth behind the disappearance and whether or not Maggie is still alive. Will Meghan succeed in solving the family mystery? I read a LOT of books, and I don’t say this often about a book, but this is one of the most engaging books I’ve read this year! I did not want to put it down! The emotions, the depth to the characters, the rich details, family dynamics, beautiful prose… There are so many things to be gush over. Three generations of characters (Hazel, Diane, and Meghan) are seamlessly woven together to show God’s perfect timing. The story is told through alternating timeframes (1943 and 2013) and POV’s, and the pages just fly by as the reader gets absorbed in the story. Some of my favorite moments are the scenes between Hazel and Meghan, grandmother and granddaughter. It’s a good idea to have Kleenex nearby, as you’re likely to be laughing one moment and crying the next (but in a good way!). An overall theme in the book is choosing God over fear. A reader’s guide with questions is included. Some of my favorite quotes are these great reminders:--“Do you best and trust God with the rest. That’s the way to find peace.”--“Holding a grudge doesn’t hurt anyone except the one who chooses bitterness.” Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy as part of the LitFuse blog tour program. I was not required to leave a positive review.
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  • Molly Cafinated Reads
    January 1, 1970
    So, I will confess: it's been awhile since I read a Kim Vogel Sawyer book. Like eons ago. But,when I saw this book available and read the blurb, I knew it was one I could not pass up! I definitely made the right choice for sure, as it was like coming home from a long stay in a foreign country. Her writing style was breathtakingly stunning in this emotionally moving, sometimes suspenseful book. I loved the women in this book. They each stole a piece of my heart and became like family to me. I lov So, I will confess: it's been awhile since I read a Kim Vogel Sawyer book. Like eons ago. But,when I saw this book available and read the blurb, I knew it was one I could not pass up! I definitely made the right choice for sure, as it was like coming home from a long stay in a foreign country. Her writing style was breathtakingly stunning in this emotionally moving, sometimes suspenseful book. I loved the women in this book. They each stole a piece of my heart and became like family to me. I loved that feeling. I loved the way Ms. Sawyer created this story with 3 generations of stong willed, stubborn women. The mystery she added to the mix and the cold case of Maggie's story was incredibly done. It was the perfect blend of emotions for me! If you are looking for a fast-paced, laugh out loud novel, don't pick up this book. If you want a book that will grip your soul, twist it, taking it on the most incredible roller coaster ride (the only way I will ever get on a roller coaster!), then this book, filled with messages of longing, hope, desperation and learning to lean on God to show the way, will be the perfect one for you! Ms. Sawyer's latest book is definitely a top read of 2017 for me and gets the highest of 5 stars! This review was originally posted on Cafinated Reads
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Check out my review at: https://amandainpa.wordpress.com/2017...
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    This was my favourite book I have read by Kim Vogel Sawyer yet!!
  •  Kath
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I did truly love the story. The book was about the relationships between mother, daughter and granddaughter, it has mystery, intrigue and emotion. However for me, the religious aspect was overdone in the last half of the book.... I understand for some, its comforting but for me, it was too much. I would prefer to read about religion on my own terms. I did not realize this until after I read the book. That being said, it was a lovely story and I'm happy that I read it.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    Deserves 10⭐. I honestly don't know where to begin to describe how wonderful this book is. I have been a long time fan of MS. Sawyer, but this is the icing on the cake. The intricate weaving of the story and amazing characters that speak to your heart and soul make this a must read. This is a generational story of mother, daughter, and granddaughter and how a mistake from the past shapes and defines their lives. Hazel Mae must confront her past and let go of a long hidden secret in order for God Deserves 10⭐️. I honestly don't know where to begin to describe how wonderful this book is. I have been a long time fan of MS. Sawyer, but this is the icing on the cake. The intricate weaving of the story and amazing characters that speak to your heart and soul make this a must read. This is a generational story of mother, daughter, and granddaughter and how a mistake from the past shapes and defines their lives. Hazel Mae must confront her past and let go of a long hidden secret in order for God to work and bring healing and restoration to them. Faith is shown in such an honest way and comes full circle in such a way that leaves you weeping. I love this quote from Hazel Mae to Meghan, "Sweetheart, there are going to be lots of times in life when people call you names or try to convince you you're something you're not. You have to be strong enough to ignore and be true to yourself. That's called respecting yourself and it's very important. People who respect themselves make wise decisions." I could go on and on, but instead I'll say run don't walk to your nearest bookstore and purchase, as you won't be disappointed. This is a book you will want to keep and reread from your favorites shelf. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Bringing Maggie Home is another great read by Kim Vogel Sawyer. It is a little different than what I am used to by her. However, this book just proves how talented Of an author she truly is. She can tackle any genre, content, or storyline, and still have that signature "Kim Vogel Sawyer" style. Bringing Maggie Home did not disappoint me in any way. It is a beautiful story of hope, faith, and forgiveness. If a reader is like me and gets into the emotions of their books, then they need to get thei Bringing Maggie Home is another great read by Kim Vogel Sawyer. It is a little different than what I am used to by her. However, this book just proves how talented Of an author she truly is. She can tackle any genre, content, or storyline, and still have that signature "Kim Vogel Sawyer" style. Bringing Maggie Home did not disappoint me in any way. It is a beautiful story of hope, faith, and forgiveness. If a reader is like me and gets into the emotions of their books, then they need to get their tissues ready.A wonderful, inspirational read. Loved it! One of my favorite books of the year.100 stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Debi Lantzer
    January 1, 1970
    As part of the Litfuse Bloggers Program, I was able to join in on the Blog Tour for Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I had heard of this author before and I was fairly certain that my mother, Gloria enjoyed reading her books, so I signed up for this tour and got my mom the book to read and review for us.Here's what Gloria had to say:Bringing Maggie Home is a very compelling story of three generations of women all from the same family and all affected by a tragedy in the family that had As part of the Litfuse Bloggers Program, I was able to join in on the Blog Tour for Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I had heard of this author before and I was fairly certain that my mother, Gloria enjoyed reading her books, so I signed up for this tour and got my mom the book to read and review for us.Here's what Gloria had to say:Bringing Maggie Home is a very compelling story of three generations of women all from the same family and all affected by a tragedy in the family that had been buried for 70 years.  Each of them are looking for closure and healing in their lives and as their story progresses they grow in faith.  In rural Arkansas in 1943, ten-year old Hazel DeFord is picking blackberries and turns her back on her three-year old sister, Maggie for just a few moments and she disappears.  As the case is unsolved and the mystery of Maggie's disappearance remains, Hazel is unable to deal with her daughter, Diane, the way she should and is overburdened with guilt.  Because of her sister's mysterious disappearance, Hazel finds herself near paranoia while she overprotects Diane.  Diane is resentful of her mother's odd behavior, while at the same time, Diane's daughter, Mghan, loves her grandmother's affection. Diane's jealousy over Hazel and Meghan’s close relationship quickly grows old to readers and her failure to find any kind of empathy for her mother’s loss is disappointing.Meghan is involved in a traffic accident which causes her to take a six week leave of absence from her job as a cold case agent. The end result is that all three of the DeFord women find themselves under the same roof. Meghan uses her investigative skills as a cold case agent to try and find out exactly what happened in the past. Meghan and Diane learn about Maggie, and Meghan is determined to help Hazel find out the whole truth behind Maggie's disappearance and whether or not she is still alive.The characters in this story were all well written and interesting, and I really enjoyed the "flashbacks" to the past. By switching between the DeFord women in rotating chapters, the author was able to provide readers with from each of the DeFord women's perspectives.The book is part love story and part mystery, with some interesting twists and turns thrown in.  It is a very well written contemporary Christian fiction that readers will love!  The author provides readers with characters having strong emotions and depth.  She provides rich details and great family dynamics at the same time.  An overall theme in this book is choosing God over fear.Right from the start, this book will grab your soul and twist it through lots of ups and downs. If you are anything like me, this story will have you beside yourself worrying for this family. Readers will find this story beautiful and inspirational. It is filled with messages of hope, faith and forgiveness and we are reminded to turn to, and lean on God to show the way. I received a copy of this book without cost from the publisher through the litfuse bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.This review was originally posted on 2014 and Beyond
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsBringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a bittersweet novel of healing for three generations of mothers and daughters.In rural Arkansas in 1943, Hazel DeFord's younger sister Maggie vanishes while the two girls are picking blackberries. This one event defines Hazel's life to the extent that her only daughter, Diane, seethes with resentment over her mother's over protectiveness.  In turn, Diane's relationship with her daughter, Meghan, is also affected as Diane's attempts not to be a 3.5 starsBringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a bittersweet novel of healing for three generations of mothers and daughters.In rural Arkansas in 1943, Hazel DeFord's younger sister Maggie vanishes while the two girls are picking blackberries. This one event defines Hazel's life to the extent that her only daughter, Diane, seethes with resentment over her mother's over protectiveness.  In turn, Diane's relationship with her daughter, Meghan, is also affected as Diane's attempts not to be anything like Hazel take her to the other end of the parenting spectrum. When these three women end up under the same roof while Meghan recovers from a car accident, can the fractures in these relationships be repaired?Despite Diane's somewhat aloof mothering, Meghan is a warm, caring and quite well adjusted young woman. She absolutely adores her grandmother and her fondest childhood memories revolve around her summer visits with Hazel. In recent years, she has not spent as much time with Hazel as she would like, so Meghan is eagerly looking forward to convalescing from her accident with her grandmother. Needless to say, the last person she expects to see upon her arrival at Hazel's house is Diane. Which begs the question: why is Diane here?Well, the answer to that question definitely paints Diane in a very unflattering light. Her anger and bitterness toward Hazel  have not abated despite the passage of time and she snipes and snaps at her mother at every turn. Diane is a downright unpleasant character whose attitude is absolutely ridiculous since she is now an adult and should seriously have let go of her resentment YEARS ago. Her jealousy over Hazel and Meghan's close relationship quickly grows tiresome as does her inability to feel any type of empathy for her mother's loss.Should Hazel have attempted to explain to Diane why she was so worried about her daughter's safety? Of course. But in all honesty, she has a valid, albeit slightly skewed, reason for not revealing this traumatic secret. Hazel's actions stem from love and fear and although it is perfectly understandable that Diane would chafe at her mother's long ago restrictions, her present day reaction is over the top and completely out of proportion now she is a middle aged adult.The mystery about what happened to young Maggie is quite interesting.  Although it is fairly easy to guess what happened to her, Meghan and her partner Sean's investigation into the long ago disappearance is fascinating.  While their chances at uncovering the truth are slim due to the passage of time, no matter how tenuous, they pursue every lead they uncover.With a strong undercurrent of faith, Bringing Maggie Home is heartwarming novel of redemption and forgiveness.  Although it is difficult to like Diane, Meghan and Hazel are enjoyable characters who share warm and loving relationship.  Maggie's story arc is quite fascinating and the investigation into her disappearance is quite engrossing.  The various storylines are completely wrapped up by the novel's conclusion and readers will love Kim Vogel Sawyer's sweet epilogue.
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  • Jalynn Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    About the Book:Decades of Loss, an Unsolved Mystery,and a Rift Spanning Three GenerationsHazel 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 over-protectiveness and near par About the Book:Decades of Loss, an Unsolved Mystery,and a Rift Spanning Three GenerationsHazel 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 over-protectiveness 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:I kept thinking throughout this whole story poor Hazel. What she has had to live with all these years can make someone go insane and to think she kept it to herself all these years. We must remember when we read stories like this that God takes whats bad or wrong and will turn it all around for His glory, if only we will wait and be still. With the faith of each of these three generations of women spread throughout the story it wasn't hard to tell, at least from the outside that God was there the entire time helping them. What seemed like a perfect time for Meghan to get more connected and close to her mother turned into her trying to keep the women from killing each other. But soon Meghan and her mother, Diane learn what has troubled Grandma Hazel all these years and they are determined to solve this mystery to give this poor lady some peace before she leaves this earth. A touching story that at times had me gripping the chair. With all the pain and heartache will Hazel finally be ready to share with her family the thoughts and emotions of that dreadful day that her sister disappeared? Can she find it in her heart to forgive herself? Is there even the slightest chance that her granddaughter can find out what happen to Hazel's missing sibling? A fantastic story that will have you beside yourself with worry for this family. A great read!**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.
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  • Gayle Pace
    January 1, 1970
    MY THOUGHTS:Such a lovely story that will tear at your heart strings and yet, warm your heart. It goes deep to the soul. As you read this story your emotions go out to Hazel. She has lived over seventy years with the haunting of her sister's disappearance. They were both just little girls when it happened, but Hazel has lived with guilt. Guilt that it was her fault that in a split second, her little sister disappeared. As the author takes us into Hazel's life, you want to tell Hazel it wasn't he MY THOUGHTS:Such a lovely story that will tear at your heart strings and yet, warm your heart. It goes deep to the soul. As you read this story your emotions go out to Hazel. She has lived over seventy years with the haunting of her sister's disappearance. They were both just little girls when it happened, but Hazel has lived with guilt. Guilt that it was her fault that in a split second, her little sister disappeared. As the author takes us into Hazel's life, you want to tell Hazel it wasn't her fault. She was a little girl. You become so invested in the character's lives. Hazel became a very protective parent to Diane and Diane just couldn't understand it. She felt smothered, so a wall was built between the two. This was a secret that caused this. The secret that Hazel carried for years. Hazel's grand daughter, Meghan, loves Hazel and with her experience of being a cold case agent, will she be able to solve this mystery that has haunted Hazel all these years? When an automobile accident forces the three women to spend time together, will the secret come to light? Will Meghan be able to bring the women together and solve the unsolved mystery that has brought such unhappiness to them? This story may hit home in various ways to different readers. You think of things that are hidden for years and years. Secrets that split families apart. Secrets that are so painful and are hidden for years. Hazel bore a guilt that no little 10 year old should have to bear. A guilt that spanned over 70 years. As you read you may feel that you know exactly how the characters felt. The author puts you there as part of their lives. You may know the pain, the heart ache. Such realism that brings about various emotions from the reader. The past is the past and it can't be changed but will these women have a chance to start anew and savor the future as mothers, daughter, grandmother, and grand daughter? Often times we won't or can't let go. We find it hard to let others, even family, know what we feel deep inside. As you near the end, you know deep inside that there just has to be a solution, but will there be?Don't let this book pass you by. Once again Ms. Sawyer has brought a lovely story of LIFE and all it brings. I received a copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review it.
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Bringing Maggie HomeBy Kim Vogel SawyerFor decades Hazel DeFord has been haunted by a single choice - a choice that altered her family forever - a choice that cost her Maggie. In series of back and forths from the past and the present the mystery that makes Hazel DeFord the woman that she is. The book opens in 1943 on the fateful day that Hazel lost her little sister Maggie. This loss changed Hazel and her parents forever but losing Maggie was just the first step in many that bring us to the Haz Bringing Maggie HomeBy Kim Vogel SawyerFor decades Hazel DeFord has been haunted by a single choice - a choice that altered her family forever - a choice that cost her Maggie. In series of back and forths from the past and the present the mystery that makes Hazel DeFord the woman that she is. The book opens in 1943 on the fateful day that Hazel lost her little sister Maggie. This loss changed Hazel and her parents forever but losing Maggie was just the first step in many that bring us to the Hazel of today.Hazel is beloved by her only granddaughter Meghan. But her daughter Diane has nothing but bitterness and resentment for her mother and the bond that she shares with Meghan. Neither woman has any idea of the painful secret that Hazel has been keeping for 70 years. But when the three women all come together at Hazel's home just before her 80th birthday the truth will be revealed.Determined to help her grandmother find the peace that has eluded her and to shed the guilt that has shaped her perceptions and personality Meghan uses her skills in an attempt to uncover the truth. Meghan never expected her job as a cold case agent to take on a personal motivation. And time is a factor as so much has passed and her grandmother seems to be exhibiting some suspect symptoms that have Meghan and even Diane concerned.Having read Kim Vogel Sawyer's work in the past I was anticipating another well-written book and my expectations were not disappointed. The characters were believable and one felt so bad for Hazel as scenes from her childhood unfolded following the loss of Maggie. This book is one that will touch the heart as each character's life plays out in little glimpses into the past. This cover is perfect as it captures the key moment of the loss in a subtle way. Another highly recommended book that is suitable for readers mid-teens and up. I received a review copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review - with no expectations of a positive review - all opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    Meghan DeFord was injured in a car accident and forced to take a leave from her job as a cold case investigator. Meghan goes to Nevada to spend the time with her grandmother, Hazel. Meanwhile, Meghan's mother, Diane, shows up unannounced with her four little dogs. The three women have had issues with their relationships and as their visit goes on it becomes clear something that happened in Hazel's childhood affected how she raised Diane and that affected how Diane raised Megan.When Hazel was jus Meghan DeFord was injured in a car accident and forced to take a leave from her job as a cold case investigator. Meghan goes to Nevada to spend the time with her grandmother, Hazel. Meanwhile, Meghan's mother, Diane, shows up unannounced with her four little dogs. The three women have had issues with their relationships and as their visit goes on it becomes clear something that happened in Hazel's childhood affected how she raised Diane and that affected how Diane raised Megan.When Hazel was just 10 years old her mother sent her to pick berries to make a dessert for her father's birthday. Hazel had to take her little sister, Maggie, with her. While Hazel is chasing a snake away, Maggie goes missing and is never found. Hazel has never told anyone about this, until one day when the ladies were working on a scrap book for Hazel's birthday. Hazel wants to know what happened to Maggie and if she is still alive. Meghan contacts her partner, Sean, and he starts to investigate this on his own time. What he finds out is so much more than anyone expected and the unit makes this 70 year old case top priority. Sean is sent to Arkansas to investigate the incident and Meghan goes to help with the case.This is such a good book. The story is segments focusing on the three different ladies and bounces back and forth between earlier years and today. We see how things that happened in their past makes them who they are today. I especially liked how Meghan describes Sean as getting picked on by his co-workers because of his Christian beliefs, yet is very respected by them. I really enjoyed reading this book and I feel anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian fiction will enjoy it as well. The story has suspense and mystery with just a touch of romance and will keep the readers interest. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books. This is my honest review.
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