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When Clare inherited a fifty-two-foot yacht, her life changed. One day a stranger arrived searching for some hidden documents. Now Clare pulled into an a Hitler investigation that Scotland Yard was working on. Hitler had the entire British army in retreat at the shallow beaches of Dunkirk. Churchill recruits civilian watercraft to help. Will Clare answer the call for help?
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.50 (inches)|
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England, 1940. Clare Childs knew life would change when she unexpectedly inherited the Maggie Brighta noble fifty-two-foot yacht. In fact, shes counting on it. But the boat harbors secrets. When a stranger arrives, searching for documents hidden onboard, Clare is pulled into a Scotland Yard investigation that could shed light on Hitlers darkest schemes and prompt America to action.
Across the Channel, Hitlers Blitzkrieg has the entire British army in retreat with little hope for rescue at the shallow beaches of Dunkirk. With time running out, Churchill recruits civilian watercraft to help. Hitler is attacking from land, air, and sea, and any boat that goes might not return. Yet Clare knows Maggie Bright must answer the callpiloted by an American who has refused to join the war effort until now and a detective with a very personal motive for exposing the truth.
The fate of the war hinges on this rescue. While two men join the desperate fight, a nation prays for a miracle.
Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Boat, A War, And HumanityMay 27, 2017Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Nahum 2:1-2 (RSV)
The shatterer has come up against you.
Man the ramparts;
watch the road;
gird your loins;
collect all your strength.
The Maggie Bright tells a story, but that story is fiction. On the other hand, its setting is far bigger, far more important, than the story itself. As I read, I was forced to review the beginning of Englands posture in WW II - a war that seemed almost over before it began.
More would follow as America eventually joined the war, but for now England had to save itself. It was not the British Navy or the British Army that would do that job - but the people of Britain itself.
The book presents a picture of war and a picture of humanity. It is both ugly and beautiful at the same time. History unfolds around a small boat - a craft designed to hold 12 vacationers, but destined to save nearly a 100 men on those fateful days at Dunkirk.
For those who are fans of World War II, those who enjoy the heroism of men who were not born to be heroes, and for those who believe in the power of prayer, this book belongs to them. My first thought when I saw the book was, This is better suited for my wife. When I read the description I was convinced that I would not like this book - I do not like war stories. But my head and my heart were drawn into the story - with tears in my eyes as I came to its end. Not all my questions were answered - but that was okay. The book was satisfying in ways I did not expect. I was forced to review my history as the book unfolded. An operation of common sailors that was expected to save 30,000 - 45,000 men would save 340,000. Another 40,000 were left behind to surrender to the Germans, to be set free only at the end of the war.
The book is a story of a boat, of a war, and of humanity, and the price they paid for the freedom we have even today.
This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
The Modest MaidenAge: 18-24Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Book!May 17, 2017The Modest MaidenAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This. Book. It was most likely my favourite of all three in this post. It was.....I don't know. It had all the elements of a good book -- humour, sadness, mystery, a mission, and growth in all the characters.
Tracy Groot has a way of bringing out the humanity on her characters. Nothing seems to be staged, nothing seems to be cliche, nothing seems to be overdone. Emotions are expressed beautifully, all of the characters seem to really, truly feel. By the time you are done reading, you realize that the characters have become your friends and that they have taken you on an emotional journey and taught you a lesson along the way. The style of writing Ms. Groot has is unlike any other that I've read. The words she uses are big and wonderful and descriptive. The way she uses punctuation creates an element of authenticity to the story.
There were several elements I enjoyed about the actual story line itself -- my favourite was the romance of the two characters that developed slowly. And I am using "romance" in the original intent. From the 1828 dictionary: "A fabulous relation or story of adventures and incidents, designed for the entertainment of readers; a tale of extraordinary adventures....a tale of love or war, subjects interesting the sensibilities of the heart, or the passions of wonder and curiosity." This was a tale of terrible atrocities done to children in WW2. Not Jewish extermination camps, which is what I originally assumed it was about, but about the experiments done upon the children who were born with down syndrome, cerebral palsy, blind, deaf, etc. sanctioned by Hitler. One man sets out to bring help to these children, secreting some of them away, until he was killed. And so he passes on this information to others, giving them the daunting task of changing America's minds about the war and bringing to the public the information he has gathered. The young detective who is involved with this has a personal tie to the whole ordeal -- his baby sister has down syndrome.
In and amidst this story line, you have a tale of a soldier who is helping an injured lieutenant to Dunkirk. You read about the retreat through the soldiers eyes, of the many deaths of comrades, and of the faith the lieutenant shares with those around him even though he can't even remember his own name. You see the beaches of Dunkirk with them and cheer on the civilians who have come to help the soldiers. You share the fears of the soldiers as they head back home, seemingly defeated, wondering how everyone will greet them once they arrive.
I mentioned the romance between the two main characters being my favourite part of the story. And it was. This romance was so sweet and subtle, that I was surprised by the end of the book. Instead of being filled with a bunch of gushy love sentiments, the two are busy working feverishly together towards the same goal: that of rescuing the children. Maggie Bright was the boat used to help these children, and it holds the key to everything else about these experiments, so they meet. And they learn to trust each other through working hard together toward one common goal. They get to know each other, not through a sappy courtship, but through a realization that they can work together towards a purpose greater than either of them. And that, my friends, is rare indeed in a story.
This book was wonderful. I will read it again, very soon. 'Cause I tend to like to re-visit and re-acquaint myself with my "friends" from my books =) I would lend this book out and pass it on, as the story should be read by everyone. The underlying question of this book is "What can I be doing now? How can I be helping?" I don't know that this book is just for older readers -- there were thematic elements, but nothing worse than, say, Douglas Bond's War in the Wastelands. Even the part about the children isn't described in detail, you are led to know what is happening. I would say it depended on the maturity of the person reading it, and the parents wishes.
vics495484 Stars Out Of 5Get Aboard the Maggie Bright!May 5, 2017vics49548Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A story of war and espionage, and yet contains compelling human interest, Author Tracy Groot pulls the reader into the time frame of WWII. Raw and unrelenting, Groot doesnt hide the truth of that time. Its easy to see that she has researched the topic well, but the book doesnt come off like a text book; she successfully weaves fact and fiction to make a great read. If you like history youll enjoy learning about the Battle of Dunkirk and the real boat, the Maggie Bright.
I did have a little trouble getting into the book at first and the characters were a little difficult to figure out, but that didnt last long. A great tale for the history buff!
I received a complimentary copy of this book but as under no obligation to post a positive review.
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great WWII storyApril 26, 2017Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Maggie Bright, by Tracy Groot, takes place in England in 1940. Clare Childs has just inherited a yacht from a man who supposedly was her father's friend. Clare has been living with her aunt and uncle since her parent's death. There was just enough money left in her parents' account for her to pay what was owed for the yacht. She is now living on the yacht and taking in boarders to help raise money for her to take it on a trip. The previous owner hid some documents on the boat that others want. One of the men is taken into custody and in jail. The other is one the loose and returns and severely injures Clare. While Clare is hospitalized, the Maggie Bright is called upon to help rescue soldier from Dunkirk.
Private Jim Elliot has been given the orders to make sure a man, Milton, gets home. Milton has a head injury and says things that do not make sense. Together they walk to the beaches of Dunkirk. On their walk they meet up with other soldiers going to Dunkirk. When they get to Dunkirk, they find the town has been attacked by the German's and there are a lot of soldiers waiting to get on boats to get away from the area that is constantly under attack.
This story started out slow and had many parts to it. As the story developed, the different parts started becoming one very good story with a final connection. The story has suspense in it with the story taking a few twists and turns. The story is based on the evacuation of Dunkirk, at the beginning of WWII.
One of the important events in the story is when a day of prayer was declared. The author does a great job of pulling together the feelings of different people, to show that some did not believe in prayer, while for others it was of great importance. The day was so important for Clare that she hid the fact she developed a fever so she could attend the prayer time, and became very ill .
I really like this story. It is a great historical Christian fiction story. I feel anyone who enjoys reading stories centered around Europe during the war will really like this story.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing. I have chosen to write this honest review.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Quote from book "love disguised as duty"July 26, 2016Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Maggie Bright by new to me author Tracy Groot is a story that I wont soon forget. This is a fictional account of the Miracle of Dunkirk before America joined the British during World War 2. This powerful novel gives us a glimpse of some of the horrors that were being done to innocents who were thought less human due to their handicaps. This story tells us of how one day the King of Britain called for his country to a day of prayer as their soldiers were getting slaughtered across the shore. This is the tale of the Miracle of Dunkirk when ordinary civilians risked life, limb, and property to bring those soldiers home on any sea worthy vehicle they could find.
There was such a powerful message through this book as Paradise Lost was oftentimes quoted (now I would like to pick that up to read), as we witness the power of prayers, and wonder what is really going on in the heavenly realms that is creating such havoc on earth. I look forward to more stories by Tracy Groot.
I was provided with a copy of this book for an honest review through The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.