Title: Bringing Maggie Home
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Pages: 337 (ARC)
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
This is one of those novels that tells a story through flashes of memories in the past with a return to the present day. The three main characters are Hazel, Margaret Diane, and Meghan. They are three generations of family. Hazel is the grandmother, Diane her daughter and Meghan her granddaughter. Every summer Meghan would spend several weeks with her grandmother, but now that she is a grown woman she hasn’t seen her for a few years. Due to a car accident in which Meghan broke her ankle and needs to take time off from work to recuperate, so she decides to spend the time with her grandmother. When she arrives at her grandmother’s door, she is surprised (not happily) to find her mother there with her four dogs! Diane and Hazel have a very contentious relationship. They love each other, but they don’t get along. Their arguments put Meghan in the middle, feeling like she must choose a side. She is not looking forward to her weeks of recovery with both in the same small house.
As a gift for her grandmother’s eightieth birthday, Meghan wants to put together a scrapbook of Hazel’s life, including Diane and Meghan. She discovers some old photos that bring to light painful, but bittersweet memories for Hazel. A traumatic event from her past has shaped her whole life and that of her relationship with Diane. This in turn affected how as a single mother Diane raised Meghan. The ripple effect of trauma is evident, but Hazel has God in her life. Does she really trust Him? Diane has rebelled against just about everything her mother imparted to her growing up, so she is far from God. Meghan listens to her grandmother talk about God and wants to know more. In the midst of the personal turmoil each woman is feeling, the past makes itself known. What will each do with it?
The dynamics of the relationship between these three women was interesting to read about. Meghan job as a cold case detective is perfect for what her grandmother has experienced. Hazel has an intense desire to find the truth and Meghan longs to help her beloved grandmother find peace. Hazel longs for healed relationship with her daughter and for them both to know the Lord. The emotions are heartfelt and the characters easy to get involved with. This was a different type of story than I’ve read from this author in the past as I’m fond of her historical romances. I liked reading about how one event affected the lives of so many people and their reactions to it.
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