Nov 1, 2017
Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer
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?
Bringing Maggie Home is about three generations of women from a somewhat dysfunctional family, each of them carrying their own personal hurts and misunderstandings.
I could relate to each of the women in some way, and could easily understand why their relationships were so strained. It takes a lot of perseverance to face their awkward family dynamics, and putting them all together for an extended length of time was exactly what they needed.
Kim Vogel Sawyer has written another great novel, and I highly recommend this one!
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of WaterBrook and Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.