Friday, August 18, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home: A Novel

Book Description:  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?

My Thoughts:  Bringing Maggie Home is one of those bittersweet yet heartwarming reads.
A seventy year old secret comes to age when  the three DeFord women have to come together because of an accident.
Hazel, Diane and Meghan all have hurts but Hazel carries a secret that no one suspects.  Hazel has become quite an overprotective parent to her daughter, Diane.  Diane has never understood why her mother would not relinquish some control.
When Meghan has an auto accident and all three women come together under one roof the women begin to discover things about themselves.
Since Meghan is a cold case agent she decides to use her investigative tools and try and find out what happened in the past.
Such an interesting mystery with family ties that bind the heart and help each family member face some tragedy from the past.  Thought provoking.
A lovely read!  This book would also make a wonderful gift for that reader on your list.

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (September 5, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735290032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735290037

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