“Bringing Maggie Home” is another not to be missed book by Kim Vogel Sawyer. A story that spans three generations of women, mothers and daughters, it illustrates the far-reaching effects that one devastating childhood incident had on not only one little girl and her parents but on her descendants also.

When Meghan is injured in an accident, she decides to spend her time off from work at her grandmother’s home. When her mother Diane also shows up Meghan hopes everything will go smoothly because Diane has never gotten along very well with her mother. As the women spend time together, a 70-year-old secret is revealed that slowly leads each daughter to understand the reasons for the actions of her own mother. Of course as a cold case investigator, Meghan decides to discover if her grandmother’s mystery with the help of her partner at work.

I loved “Bringing Maggie Home” and would recommend it to all. It is a sometimes poignant story but it has a few humorous moments as well as a mystery to solve and a bit of romance. Its faith-filled message is one of forgiveness and the conclusion was quite satisfying.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Blogging for Books. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


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?

Read the first chapter of “Bringing Maggie Home” HERE.


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.