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Bringing Maggie Home

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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  653 ratings  ·  198 reviews
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 carr
Paperback, 337 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Waterbrook Press (first published September 2017)
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Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

I'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
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Kim Vogel Sawyer is a new author to me, and I am so pleased to have discovered her. I enjoyed BRINGING MAGGIE HOME and appreciate the excellent writing with attention to details, which allows me to easily visualize the characters, setting, moods and understand what they are thinking.

I was quickly drawn into the lives of Hazel DeFord, her daughter Margaret Diane and granddaughter Meghan. There was tension in the family and initially my favourites were Hazel and Meghan, along with Meghan's work pa
Amanda Tero
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Ohhh My I really don't know what to write down for this review because I don't think I can describe, how really and truly is this wonderful, beautiful and heartbroken book of Bringing Magg
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a good book.I love the generational relationships and message of God’s love. Love the cover too.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a sweet novel about three generations of women...Meghan, Diane and Hazel. From the title, one may assume the story is about finding Hazel's missing sister Maggie. While that is a part of the novel, it's much more about the strained relationship between the two sets of mothers and daughters.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this 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 nea
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Rebekah Morris
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading so many wonderful reviews of this book, I was delighted to get my hands on it and read it myself. I enjoyed it. It took a little more effort to read as I had to keep switching from point of view, to point of view and the names would change (Grandma and Mom, to Mom and Meghan, or some other combination), but once I got the characters in my head, it was easier.
The switching back and forth between time periods took a bit to get used to, but it was also fun.

I really liked Meghan, and w
Maureen Timerman
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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,
Caitlyn Santi
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Lydia Howe
Why I Choose this Book:

I've read other books by the author that I've greatly enjoyed, therefore I wanted to read this one of hers. 

What I Thought about this Book:

I'm sorry folks, but this book was just not my cup of tea.... It has 90% 5-star ratings on Amazon, so obviously, I'm a minority here, and that's totally fine. I'm glad a lot of people enjoy it that much, and hopefully y'all will, too. I didn't have anything specifically wrong with this book, it just felt really long for the amount of in
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A timeless story that explores the ripple effect a tragedy causes across generations. It's a rich, multi-layered tapestry of emotion that really made an impact on me. Told from the multiple view points of Hazel (grandmother), Diane (daughter) and Meghan (granddaughter) with the occasional flashback, it really illustrates the power a parent's words and actions hold. And how they shape the future generations beyond the moment they are said or done. This was an eyeopening read for me.

I adored Hazel
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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!
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A present day story about three generations of women (Grandma, mom, and granddaughter/daughter) interacting and learning why each of them acts certain ways. The story behind each of their behaviors and reactions in certain circumstances becomes clear and helps each of them understand and accept each other.
It had a great little mystery to keep the story alive and interesting!
Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Years: 1943 through current day
Location: Arkansas and Las Vegas
Main Characters:
Hazel Mae Blackwell, aka Hazel DeFord: 80 year old who has always felt guilt over losing her 3 year old sister
Diane DeFord: Hazel's daughter, always resented her mother for her over-protectiveness
Meghan DeFord: Hazel's granddaughter, cold case investigator
Sean Eagle: Meghan's detective partner

The story is told in third person from the perspective of three generations: Grandmoth
Vera Godley
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 clo
Virginia Winfield
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has to be one of my favorite books of the year. I loved it. It made me laugh a lot and then cry . I did not want to put this book down. Hazel, Diane and Meghan are three generations of one family. Meghan is injured and goes to her grandmothers(Hazel ) to recuperate. Diane, Meghan's mother, comes also to visit. These three women love each other but have some issues with each other. At this time, Diane and Meghan, learn that Hazel had a sister who had disappeared 70 years ago. Each of these w ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have yet to pick up a book by this author that I didn’t enjoy and this book is no exception. It’s got a mystery but it’s not a mystery novel. It’s got some romance but it’s not a romance novel. It’s about family and mistakes and redemption and faith and love and mystery and even a little romance. It’s about losing something and finding it. A sister, a relationship, and even faith. Three generations of women with their own buried hurts and awkward coping mechanisms that rediscover faith and lov ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
“ 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
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is a wonderful, wonderful thing to read a book as powerfully written as this one. I have read Kim Vogel Sawyer's books for years and thought I had a favorite. I was wrong. THIS one if my favorite.

Decades of loss, an unsolved mystery and a rift spanning three generations. Hazel DeFord is 80 years old, with one daughter who apparently has no love for her at all anymore, and one granddaughter whom she rarely sees. Hazel was blackberry picking with her 3 year old sister Maggie in 1943 when Maggi
Lisa Johnson
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Bringing Maggie Home
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Pages: 352
Year: 2017
Publisher: Waterbrook
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
What a challenging story to write, I thought as I read the synopsis before even getting the book. How can an author take a genre such as cold cases, family rifts, faith, and more to come up with moving book? I don’t know how Kim did it but she succeeded beyond my imagination!
I placed myself with in the novel whether I was the mother, grandmother or daughter. In any case I could
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bringing Maggie Home was a heart wrenching read that shows how one horrid act can devastate a family and generations later. Starting off with every parent’s worst nightmare ten year old Hazel and her 3 year old sister go out blackberry picking. An innocent enough afternoon turns into a nightmare when little Maggie goes missing. For seventy years Hazel has not spoken of her sister.

There was so much emotion in this story. We have three generations of women: Hazel, now turning 80, her daughter Dia
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a delightful Christian novel about the power of love and loss. It moves backwards and forwards seventy years from 1943. It is a read that really impacted me and my emotions. The reader 'sees' life through the eyes of three generations, at various stages throughout their lives.
The novel shows how a loss has the power to affect a family throughout the years, as the events ripples outwards. The pain that a small girl experiences then dictates how she runs
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Bringing Maggie Home is a creative masterpiece. Captivating, poignant, riveting, suspenseful, spiritual … I could keep going, but all the adjectives I might come up with barely scratch the surface of what you’ll find within these pages. There’s a complexity in this character-driven, multi-layered story. I don’t cry easily, but experienced several tearful moments while reading – joyful tears for the most part.

Maggie is actually a minor characte
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Maggie stole my heart in the very first chapter of this book! She was sweet and innocent, and just a bundle of joy. When I got the end of chapter one, I found my heart had fallen on the floor. Then when I turned to the first page of chapter two and found the timeline had jumped to seventy years later, I gasped. You mean I am not going to find out what happened right away?! Silly me, it is part of the whole story line! Never fear though, this is the beginning of a back and forth between past and ...more
Kathleen E.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Friday, September 8, 2017
Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer, © 2017

My 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
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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
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Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer told her kindergarten teacher that someday people would check out her book in the library. The little-girl dream came true in 2006 with the release of Waiting for Summer's Return. Kim's titles now exceed 1.5 million copies and are available in six different languages. A former elementary school teacher, she now enjoys a full-time writing and speak ...more

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