Bringing Maggie Home {Book Review}

Bringing Maggie Home 

BY: Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Third Person • Fiction • Multiple Points of View • 352 Pages



About the Book (Backcover Blurb):


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?

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 info it had.

I have a feeling I would have really liked this book if it were about half of the length. I get that the author was creating a laid-back, peaceful type book with a lot of slow scenes, character building, and background. To me, there was just too much of that, though.

The three main characters – one for each generation – were each unique and had a different voice. I didn’t connect (or particularly like) any of them though.

The book was well written, and the plot all came together at the end, it just didn’t hold my interest.


I can’t recall anything big that I disagreed with or disliked.


I’m giving Bringing Maggie Home 3 out of 5 stars, and 3 out of 10

*I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review

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