Kim Vogel Sawyer writes very sweet and hopeful stories, such as, “Bringing Maggie Home”. This book covers a seventy year span. Hazel DeFord, as a child, was walking with her little sister, Maggie, when she took a moment to look at something and she turned around, three-year-old Maggie was gone. Maggie was the apple of her parents’ eye and Hazel was blamed for not being attentive enough. What a burden to put on a child. Seventy years later we are introduced to Hazel again. She still carries the weight of her sister’s disappearance with her, and none of her family knows about the incident. Her daughter, Diane, has reaped the results of that past because Hazel was always so over-protective and Diane resented it. This caused a huge rift between the two and they were never able to get along. Diane’s daughter Meghan is a cold case detective who has been injured and decides to recuperate at Hazel’s. Meghan finds out about her grandmother’s secret and vows to find what happened to Maggie. After seventy years, it is a long shot, but stranger things have happened.
I always like Ms. Sawyer’s books because there is a thread of hope no matter the circumstances surrounding the plot. I also like the way Ms. Sawyer entwines the lives of the main characters and shows us that longtime perceptions may be just that. For anyone needing a novel of hope amidst angst, this novel would serve you well.
I received a complimentary print copy from LitFuse Publicity as a member of the Blog Tour Team.
I loved “The Sisters of Sugarcreek” by Cathy Liggett. It is the story of three women who have suffered devastating losses. Two of the women are part of a secret society that tries to bring cheer to those in need – spiritually, financially, or personally by delivering gifts to those in need anonymously. One of the members of the Secret Stitches Society has passed away in a deadly fire that also took the life of a volunteer, the Amish husband of Lydia. Jessica inherits her Aunt Rose’s knit and quilt shop although she doesn’t know how to do either. Liz was a partner in the shop along with Rose and misses her terribly. When they secretly gift Lydia, they unknowingly bring her into their fold. These three women who have lost so much, decide to continue the good works of the secret society.
I thought this book and its story-line was a message of hope and love in the aftermath of terrible tragedy. Lydia was totally inept at anything except keeping house and taking care of her husband. He was a strong minded man who thought a woman’s place was in the kitchen. Liz and Jessica come along at just the right time to help her come into her own. Liz and Jessica and Lydia also are given second chances at new love in their lives. I loved the dialogue among these three. I thought the book was a very comforting story. I highly recommend it.
I received a print copy of this book from the Tyndale Blog Network in return for my honest review.
Mary J. Nelson has written a wonderful book called “Praying for the Cure”. It is a book containing hope and help for those stricken with cancer. As a cancer survivor, Ms. Nelson knows the struggles that come with the announcement that you have cancer. It is the scariest sentence you will ever hear. I know, because I am also a cancer survivor. The meditations and prayers that are found in this special book are a gift for those who have been just diagnosed, are receiving treatment, or who are in remission. Even though the cancer may not be present in your body any more, a survivor always has that “what if” in the back of the mind. Some of the treatments cause so many forms of reactions that it’s hard to know if the medicine is causing your symptoms or if there is another reason. That is the part that is constantly lurking for a survivor. These meditations and prayers can help those patients keep their faith and their hope alive. I am so pleased that I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, but the book deserved that…a positive review. I would recommend this to family, friend, or yourself if you are suffering from cancer or know someone who is. I think this book would be of help to anyone suffering from any kind of dreaded disease. We can all use the hope it gives.