Bringing Maggie Home

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Title: Bringing Maggie home

Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer

Publisher: Waterbrook

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Paperback

Length: 334 pages


Using three viewpoints and several time periods, author Sawyer produces not only an intriguing story but a study of familial relationships: Grandmother, mother and granddaughter. Back in the early forties, Hazel and her young sister Maggie are picking berries when Maggie is lost and never found. Hazel carries that guilt all her life, impacting every aspect of her life and particularly her relationship with her daughter Margaret Diane. Fast forward to the future and Hazel’s granddaughter Meghan, a cold case detective who is recuperating from a broken ankle, decides to investigate Maggie’s disappearance as well as the disappearance of other children in that area.  What ensues is a fascinating mystery and the opportunity for old hurts and misunderstandings to be healed.

The story is well written and easy to read. The only criticism this reviewer would have is the difficulty in following the characters who are often referred to in a variety of ways for each one since their are different viewpoints presented.


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

Christian fiction fans, particularly those who like a good mystery

Christian Impact

The plan of salvation is clearly presented, and the book presents a strong Christian worldview.

Other Notes

The book also includes discussion questions.

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Bringing Maggie Home

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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