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  • My Musings!

    Thanks goes to the publisher and Net-Galley for the complimentary copy of Unveiling the Past by Kim Vogel Sawyer for the purpose of reading and reviewing prior to publication. My opinions are my own and no one has influenced me. Unveiling the Past is a well written Christian mystery with interesting characters and an involved plot. There are two mysteries, and two separate cases involving the two main characters. I felt like I was reading two novels at once. Personally, I found it distracting, other readers may not. Meghan DeFord is the female lead. I have mixed feeling about her character. I believe it’s because there is so much going on in Unveiling the Past, it was hard to become fully vested in Meghan. Her back story is interesting though, but her emotions toward it are a bit weak. Sean Eagle is the male lead. He is also an investigator of cold cases. I had a bit of a hard time becoming vested in his character as well. Again, because there is so many different directions in this book. From what I did see of his character, I liked. The mysteries are involved and have a multitude of characters. Sheila Menke, the young girl involved in the case Meghan is working, her partner, Sean’s partner on his case, and the villains of this story. Again, It was like reading two books at once. I don’t normally read many mysteries, so I may not be the best judge of Unveiling the Past since I am not well versed in this genre, especially one where there isn’t much romance. Nonetheless, I enjoyed Unveiling the Past. I loved the strong Christian message in it. If you enjoy whodunits with intricate plot lines, then Unveiling the Past may be the book for you. Happy reading!

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  • Inspiring, Heartfelt, Must Read

    I devoured this book as my favorite go to author penned another I can not put this down winner. Bringing Maggie Home was an all time favorite of mine and this was a wonderful continuation of it. I pray there is another sequel coming as I don’t want to leave these characters here. God has our written story in His hands and He works all things out to His glory and this story is a perfect example of that. We all need to either ask for forgiveness or grant forgiveness and this shines brightly with the giving and receiving. I found I needed tissues as it is so heartfelt and touching in many places especially in the redemptive power of Christ. I found it to be encouraging and eye opening into flawed characters and how changes are possible. I find it hard to describe without spoilers so I will just say I wish I could give more than five stars as it deserves it. I highly recommend as Ms. Sawyer hit a home run. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

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  • Great Christian Fiction!

    Unveiling the Past by Kim Vogel Sawyer is book two in her Bringing Maggie Home series. As cold case detectives, husband and wife, Sean Eagle and Meghan DeFord are familiar with the turmoil and pain often associated with mysteries of the past. Now they are presented with cases from the past and a new present-day mystery at the same time. The couple emphasize faith in a higher power in all things but as work situations and secrets from the past begin to invade their home life, will they be able to hold onto their faith in God and their trust in each other? Kim Vogel Sawyer knows the Bible. She doesn’t just spout vague spiritual references; she gives full scriptures with book, chapter and verse. There are great literary elements in this novel. The plot is smart. The characters and dialogue are inspirational. This is a real tear-jerker with joyous highs and heartbreaking lows. In Unveiling the Past the author has struck the right balance between Christian fiction and contemporary mystery. I rate it 5 out 5 stars and recommend it to all readers of Christian fiction. My thanks to WaterBrook & Multnomah and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

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  • An uplifting story!

    Unveiling the Past by Kim Vogel Sawyer has Detective Meghan DeFord-Eagle with the Arkansas Cold Case Investigations Department working on a case that hits a little close to home. Sheila Menke’s father, Anson never arrived home from work back in 2002, and then was found guilty of embezzling funds from the bank where he worked. Sheila took care of her sick mother while raising her two brothers. Her mother did not want to find out the truth while she was alive, but, since she has passed away, Sheila wants answers. Meghan was raised by a single mother and never knew the identity of her father until recently. She wants to find her birth father in the hopes of learning more about herself. Meghan feels she cannot start a family with her husband, Sean until then. Can Meghan get the resolution she needs while helping Sheila? Unveiling the Past is a story of forgiveness, redemption and second chances. I like that we get to see three generations of Meghan’s family. I liked Meghan’s mother, Diane who teaches Honors English in Las Vegas and lives with her mother, Hazel. I just loved Hazel and enjoyed the humor she added to the story. Sean Eagle is Meghan’s husband and a detective with the Arkansas Cold Case Investigations Department as well. They have been married three years and Sean is ready to start a family. The thought of having a child fills Meghan with fear. The couple has a few issues they must deal with which will test their marriage. I thought Unveiling the Past contained good writing and it moved along at a nice pace. I did, though, have trouble with the switching point-of-view. It took me a while to get into the story with the POV going between Diane, Meghan, Sean, and Kevin. Christian elements were nicely incorporated into the story, but I did feel it was a little heavy handed (felt preachy at times). Forgiveness and having a relationship with God were two of the prevalent themes. I like how Unveiling the Past ended. I did wonder, though, if there was a previous book featuring these characters. There is mention of a previous case involving Meghan and Sean when they searched for Hazel’s sister. Unveiling the Past is an uplifting story about acquiring forgiveness, a missing father, family, new beginnings and forging new paths.

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  • Unveiling the Past

    Unveiling the Past continues Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Bringing Maggie Home series. Since this is part of a series, I highly recommend readers to start it with book one, Bringing Maggie Home. I adore this author’s writing and Unveiling the Past is no different. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense in this story and enjoyed the beauty of faith and grace within the pages. I am giving Unveiling the Past five plus stars. I highly recommend it for all readers. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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