Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Disclosure: I received this book as part of the blog tour. Opinions shared are mine.
Family responsibilities and obligations can weigh heavy on a young heart.  From a young age, Hazel Mae bore the emotional burden of caring for her younger sister….the one who went missing on Hazel’s watch.  As an older sister, I totally understand that feeling of care-giving for a younger sibling, and for feeling responsible when something went wrong.  Bringing Maggie Home brings back all of those panic-inducing emotions.  No matter where you fit in the whole scheme of family relationships, there is someone in this book who will remind you of a person you know. 

Author Kim Vogel Sawyer uses a variety of writing techniques that work well in Bringing Maggie Home.  The most striking contrast came between the time periods involved in the story.  In turn, this impacted the characters who star in the plot. It was fascinating to read how one woman’s past so strongly influenced the next woman’s life.  It really would be a spectacular movie!
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?
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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