OK, I say this every time, but I just can't help saying it again -- if a book has the name Kim Vogel Sawyer on it, I know it's going to be a great one. Unveiling the Past was a great read.
This book is a sequel to Bringing Maggie Home and continues the stories of Meghan, Sean, Diane and Hazel. You could read Unveiling the Past on its own, but it certainly makes it more interesting if you know the backstories of those characters.
As always, one of the strengths of Kim Vogel Sawyer's writing is her character development. The people in this story are far from perfect; they are struggling with various issues, some of them pretty big ones. But through hope, faith, forgiveness, and family, they keep moving. Deep hurts, fears, and unanswered questions from the past are faced, and relationships come together in unexpected ways. It is a beautiful story with friends I didn't want to leave after the last page.
This story also includes an element of mystery as detectives Sean and Meghan actively pursue cold cases that help direct Meghan into family secrets of her own.
Fans of great contemporary inspirational fiction should love Unveiling the Past.
Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for providing a digital copy of the book. I was happy to share my thoughts in this review.
About the Book
Mysteries, family secrets, and the love of a true Father are found at the heart of this gripping novel from the bestselling author of Bringing Maggie Home.
Newlyweds Sean Eagle and Meghan DeFord are no strangers to pain and loss. As cold-case detectives, they know intimately the anguish family members endure after the murder or disappearance of a loved one. But when a new case hits too close to home, it threatens to pull loose the fragile cords of their young marriage.
Sheila Menke was just a girl when her father left for work and never returned. An investigation revealed he had embezzled enough to start a new life elsewhere, but Sheila could never accept the court’s criminalization of her father. Meghan reluctantly takes the case, secretly fearing it will stir up buried feelings about her own biological father. And while Sean investigates the mysterious death of two young brothers, he longs to start a family. But Meghan worries that with a negligent mother and an absentee father as her parenting examples, she might never be fit for motherhood.
As they delve deeper into the past, both Meghan and Sheila must choose to either stumble along the road of bitterness and resentment or walk the difficult path toward forgiveness and healing. When the cases begin to break wide open, these young women are poised to discover that while earthly fathers may fail, there is one in heaven who is a father to the fatherless.
About the Author