Please join me in welcoming author Kim Vogel Sawyer to the blog today to chat about her new book, Unveiling the Past, which releases TODAY! Happy book birthday, Kim!
UNVEILING THE PAST
SERIES: Bringing Maggie Home #2
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction
RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2020
Mysteries, family secrets, and learning to love and trust again rest at the heart of this contemporary novel from the best-selling author of Bringing Maggie Home .
Newlyweds and cold case detectives Sean and Meghan Eagle have been given the task of investigating the twenty-years-past disappearance of a husband and father, Anson Menke. A judge ruled that the missing man chose to leave the country and abandon his family, but his wife wouldn’t concede that he left his family nor declare him dead. Their mother now gone, his children want answers.
As Sean and Meghan follow the man’s last known steps, they also involve themselves in a more personal inquiry: locating Meghan’s biological father. But as Meghan struggles to balance her work and her new role as a wife, she becomes terrified of failure. She doesn’t want to hurt Sean or jeopardize the Menke investigation by falling short of his expectations.
When her mother, Diane DeFord, sees Meghan’s turmoil, she decides to take action, potentially reuniting father and daughter. As the two searches intertwine, Meghan must become vulnerable with Sean, letting him into her life and being a true partner, while letting her heart be tender to God, the One who truly knows the journey each disrupted life needed to take to Him.
It seems a little redundant to say this story is special to me, because all of the stories I’ve written have been special for one reason or other. I mean, if there isn’t something special about it, there’s no inspiration, so why bother to write it? But my initial reason for penning this tale was in response to readers who wanted to see more of the characters from Bringing Maggie Home (yes, Unveiling the Past is a sequel). Since I loved Hazel, I was more than happy to accommodate them! Of course, when I proposed the story to my publisher, I had no idea I’d end up writing it during the darkest, most painful chapter of my life—while mourning the unexpected loss of my mom.
Let me tell you a little bit about my mom, if you don’t mind (and even if you do!). Helen Voth Vogel was a quiet person, content to play supporting rather than leading roles. Both my brother and I were blessed by her unwavering encouragement. She suffered tremendous loss as a child but never became bitter or resentful; she leaned into Jesus’ strength and trusted Him to guide her on life’s hard pathways. And she was the strongest prayer warrior I’ve ever met. Dad learned when she settled in a particular chair, don’t bother her—she was talking to her Father.
When I wrote these words, spoken by Diane to a skeptical man named Kevin, I couldn’t help but think about Mom and what she believed about the power of prayer:
I developed the habit of pushing God aside, of ignoring the things I knew were right. I was rebellious and foolish. But Mother never stopped praying for me to return to the foundation of faith I’d accepted when I was a child. I was older than Kip is now when I realized my error and chose to reverse my steps. It’s never too late, Kevin. It’s never too late to begin a relationship with God the Father through His Son, and it’s never too late to fix a human relationship that’s gone wrong.
James 5:16 (KJV) tells us, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” My mom clung to that promise when she lifted her praises, concerns, and petitions to the One she called Father. She set an example of faithfulness that I strive to emulate. It gave me great joy to bestow Hazel with many of Mom’s traits—a bit of spunky orneriness, a strong faith, and an openness to everyone she encountered—and share those parts of her through story. I truly hope readers will find nuggets of faith and truth on the pages of Unveiling the Past that will encourage them to lean more fully into the Father’s arms and trust Him to carry them over life’s pathway.
Best-selling, award-winning author Kim Vogel Sawyer is highly acclaimed for her “gentle stories of hope.” Readers and reviewers alike are drawn to her books and the life lessons contained within the pages. Kim dreamed of being a writer from her earliest memories, and her little-girl dream came true in 2006 with the release of Waiting for Summer’s Return. Now with over 1.5 million books in print in six different languages, she praises God for blessing her far beyond her imaginings. When Kim isn’t writing, she enjoys traveling with her retired military hubby, quilting, performing in community theater, and spoiling her quiverful of granddarlings.
What about you? What makes you want to read Unveiling the Past? What spoke to you in Kim’s post?