Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer - Contemporary fiction from Waterbrook Press [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts:  The author has written an exceptional story of multigenerational conflict, past hurts, present anger, and faith in God that heals and saves.

Did I like all the characters? No. I particularly took a dislike to Diane who is the middle person in this three generational story. The actual cause for her personality is the result of what happened in the fourth generation back.

Written with scene jumps between 1943, the present time, and anywhere in between and in varying voices, the reader had to pay close attention to who was speaking and in what period.

Ms. Sawyer added an interesting twist to this involved story of conflicting family and conflicting generations. She wove a decades old mystery into the pages resolving it at the end in what would prove mind boggling in real life.

The story is filled with faith through the thoughts and conversations of Hazel and Sean who are both very strong Christians.

And just who is "Maggie"? In action, she is a very minor character. In reality, she is the thread woven through the pages as cause and effect and joyful solution.

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 seven 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. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren. Learn more at

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Begins October 3
Ends October 19 @ 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA addresses only.
Winner's copy is graciously provided via Litfuse Publicity Group, the author, and publisher.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of the author and publisher to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given.


  1. I love that she loves cats=) I find it neat that she also writes children's book in addition to the christian fiction for adults.

  2. 1. She lives in Kansas.
    2. She is married to a Military man.

  3. I commented on the guest book ,I'm surprised you find time for quilting and travel.would love to win a copy of the book.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  4. I always enjoy Kim's books. This one sounds a little different than normal for her. I like when authors branch out and try something a little different.


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