Sunday, October 1, 2017
Bringing Maggie Home
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?
My thoughts: This book was so hard to put down! It's a wonderfully written, suspenseful story that spans three generations. I loved getting to know the three main characters, as they learned how the choices of the previous generation affected their response to mother/daughter relationships. I will warn you, this one is hard to put down, since it is well written and has a lot going on. I can't even imagine having to deal with the aftermath of losing a child.
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.