I’ve been looking forward to having Kim Sawyer join us for some time now! She’s going to share a little bit about her new book, Bringing Maggie Home. Here’s a little bit about it.
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 over-protectiveness 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?
Sounds like a great book. What led you to write it?
It never ceases to amaze me how something as simple as a photograph in an antique store, a headstone in a cemetery, or a rock building standing lonely yet proud on the prairie can stir the embers of a story to life inside of me. But it happens again and again, and in the case of Bringing Maggie Home, the spark came from a three-paragraph article, tucked at the end of a larger article, about an unsolved mystery in rural Arkansas. In the 1930s, several children from one community disappeared and were never seen again.
I couldn’t stop thinking about the children, wondering about them—where did they go? who took them? why were they taken?—and wondering how their families survived the loss. You can replace a stolen car or a stolen ring, but a stolen child? You would forever carry a hole in your heart.
As I pondered the real-life situation, a fictional account began growing in my heart—a story about three generations and how all were affected by the disappearance of one small child. Writing this story about Hazel, Margaret Diane (the daughter), and Meghan (the granddaughter) let me explore the unique relationships between mothers and daughters and grandmothers and grandchildren.
Bringing Maggie Home will always be special to me because so much of the love I feel for my daughters and grandchildren was poured onto the page through the characters’ interactions. I pray that readers who are at odds with a parent or a child will travel with Hazel, Diane, and Meghan to a place of restoration. “There is none so far gone that God’s grace can’t redeem him,” Hazel tells Meghan. And as long as we draw breath, there’s a chance to redeem broken relationships.
Can’t wait to read it!
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in several different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope and redemption. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.
Find out more about Kim at http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/.
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Thanks for joining us, Kim!