Two things have me really excited today.
1. Character names
2. Kim Vogel Sawyer’s newest book
Hang in there with me today, because I’ve got a lot to say. Hopefully you’re just as eager to hear it all as I am to tell you about it.
Let’s tackle my own news first.
Last week, I asked for help naming three characters:
Release date: September 5, 2017
I’m here to let all of those people — and anyone else who will listen — that this book is a must-read novel that is certain to dig deep into your soul and emotions.
As always, Ms. Sawyer did a fantastic job creating complex characters that feel real and as if they could leap off the page and into my house for a dinner date. This time, though, the focus was not on a romance — there was a hint of romance, so keep your eyes open for that. Instead, it was a raw and gritty yet amazing and realistic multi-generational story of the bonds between mothers and daughters and sisters. Sometimes these relationships get broken along the way, but it’s in the mending of these bonds that mothers and daughters and sisters come to truly understand each other and become great friends. I particularly liked this quote: “What kind of mending might they be able to accomplish if they had six weeks together…?” That line gave me lots of hope for the characters that were butting heads like mountain goats jockeying for alpha-male status.
The story was intricate and unfolded like fitting together pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. At first, it didn’t seem like a full picture would be formed by the tiny clusters that began to take shape. But patience prevailed and a beautiful portrait of hope and redemption revealed itself. Whatever you do, please do not skip ahead to find out early what happens. The journey discovered through each chapter is well worth every minute it takes to read. Ooh, I wish I could fully express the emotional impact of the book! I wept on more than one occasion, but then, I am a bit of a weeper. Still, I have to believe it was mostly — if not in total — due to the brilliant writing in Bringing Maggie Home.
One of the most impactful parts of this story was the faith thread. It was naturally infused throughout the pages, and I especially loved the plentiful amount of Bible verses that fit perfectly into the story where they were inserted. I got the good chills several times when reading these wonderful scenes when the characters discovered something about their faith. I love it when this happens when I read a good book!
There was also encouragement for singles who are still waiting on God to send that right-for-them person into their lives. Take a look at this tidbit: “He knew the biblical passages about not being unequally yoked, and he’d never forget his mom’s admonition about dating — ‘Don’t let yourself fall in love with a girl who doesn’t love the Lord.'” And this one: “If he was meant to have a family someday, God would bring a faithful woman into his life.” These lines lifted my heart and renewed my hope that God does indeed have amazing plans for my future, as it is told in Jeremiah 29:11. Holding onto hope through the challenges of life and the unknowns of our futures is one of the most precious parts of faith in God. I’m glad for every reminder to hold onto hope that I find in my daily life, and this book is definitely one of those.
Bringing Maggie Home is a book I’ll be rereading several times in the coming years. It’s a must-read, five-star keeper. Are you planning on reading it? It’s now up for pre-order, and I’ve seen some really great prices out there. Check your favorite online retailers for more information.
Release date: September 5, 2017
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?
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