Bringing Maggie Home


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 understand the feelings expressed, words said and the healing that needed to be attempted after 7 decades of secrets.  Not just secrets but guilt, and we see how unreleased guilt can destroy or bring difficulty not just within the person carrying the guilt but others within that character’s sphere of life.

I thought of the movie The Shack as I read it which made imagining the scenes more realistic for me.  One of the reasons I read Kim’s novels is because as a reader one might conclude how the book will be ending only to find out the ending is breath takingly brilliant and unexpected.  Using flashback in the story really helps move the story along yet also brings clarification to what happen, or what a character felt.

What a thought that in one instance a life is changed, but more so three generations within one family are touched by the moment Maggie disappears.  So adding the aspect of a mystery really draws people into the book and before you know it time is flying by and the story is really causing the audience to become singularly focused.  I don’t how authors do it but Kim has in the latest novel Bringing Maggie Home.  Here again is another book to read, give as a gift or use in a book club near you.

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