Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Genre: Historical Fiction
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?
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
Oh, wow! How did I miss this when it came out in 2017? What an incredible book!
Her past haunts Hazel Deford. When she lost her three-year-old sister Maggie her entire life changed, and for years she has lived with the guilt for years. This guilt would mar how she raised her daughter Diane who grew up to resent her mother for being so possessive, which affected how Diane raised her daughter Meghan. All of this sets the stage for an incredible tale of loss, inspiration and spiritual healing.
This book was a hard one to put down, and it left me in tears. It speaks to the complexity of mother/daughter relationships, and it has a strong salvation message that believe it or not, was not at all preachy. On top of that, there was a very intriguing mystery to solve.
This one is a keeper!
7/30/2018 02:42:36 pm
One of the best books I read last summer!
8/2/2018 12:09:58 am
Great book! Sad and yet I couldn't put it down. Love anything Kim writes!
8/14/2018 12:57:14 pm
Really enjoyed this storyline in Particular,I read all of her books ,another favorite the book she wrote a couple yrs ago about a girl cave guide!!!
8/1/2018 11:44:01 am
Wonderful book written by one of my favorite authors! Would love to see a sequel of this book!
8/1/2018 06:37:18 pm
Loved this book
8/1/2018 10:36:55 pm
I loved this book.
8/1/2018 10:38:54 pm
I also love Kim Vogel Sawyer she is my most favorite Author. I am so excited for the conclusion to this book.
8/10/2018 03:50:59 pm
This was one of my favorites!! Kim is such a beautiful Christian woman! She is my Sunday school teacher and a good friend! I love her a bunch!!
8/11/2018 09:22:00 pm
I loved this book. It kept me in suspense the whole way through. Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wonderful writer with a great messages in her works. Haven’t been disappointed yet with any of her books.
8/14/2018 01:42:26 pm
A book filled with mystery, generations of women, and reconciliation. Loved this booka
8/14/2018 04:13:33 pm
An amazing book. One of the best I have read in a long, long time.
8/15/2018 04:02:18 am
I was riveted by the book from the first to the last page!
8/15/2018 07:28:50 pm
A great book on generational issues.
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