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England 1940

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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 1496422562
ISBN-13: 9781496422569

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2016 Christian Book Award finalist (Fiction category)
England, 1940. Clare Childs knew life would change when she unexpectedly inherited the Maggie Bright—a noble fifty-two-foot yacht. In fact, she’s 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 Hitler’s darkest schemes and prompt America to action.

Across the Channel, Hitler’s 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 call—piloted 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.

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In 1940, Clare Childs unexpectedly inherits a yacht, the Maggie Bright. She also inherits its secrets, hidden documents someone is willing to kill for. As British and Allied troops retreat from the advancing German forces to the French port of Dunkirk, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill decides that civilian craft must be put into service to rescue the surviving army from certain defeat and captivity. It looks like Hitler’s war machine may win this one, but the Führer didn’t count on the Maggie Bright coming to the rescue. VERDICT: Groot (The Sentinels of Andersonville) vividly portrays both the heroism and the horrors of World War II. The graphic descriptions of Nazi atrocities may be too much for some readers, but with the July release of Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk, there is bound to be interest.

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  1. Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautifully Written!
    September 4, 2017
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "What in me is dark, illumine! What is low, raise and support!" - John Milton

    Clare Childs was bequeathed a beautiful yacht from a friend of her father, whom she never met. The "Maggie Bright" has filled her dreams with aspirations of sailing the English Channel, never thinking for one minute that the boat held the kind of secrets that would propel her into a fight for her very life and jeopardize the lives of two men, who once introduced, become quite important to her. Armed with her quick wit and stubborn disposition, she courageously joins the battle to conquer evil in the only way that she can, she learns to pray.

    Private Jamie Elliott has been issued an order; "Get him to Dunkirk. He's done something heroic." As Jamie and his comrades press forward to Dunkirk, the captain that he has been assigned to accompany is a candidate for the Victoria Cross, he is also seriously wounded and spouts line after line of John Milton's epic poem, "Paradise Lost". While Jamie and the captain trudge towards the hope of rescue, brave men and women from the shores of England prepare to shuttle them across the English Channel, in history's most miraculous evacuation ever recorded, utilizing every kind of floating vessel known to man.

    Take a trip back in time when "God towards thee hath done his part - do thine." Beautifully and remarkably written!
  2. katieann
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Do Something
    July 30, 2017
    katieann
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent WWII story about standing by your convictions and doing what you can to make a difference. One of my favorite novels by Tracy Groot. Worth the read.
  3. Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Boat, A War, And Humanity
    May 27, 2017
    Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Nahum 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.
  4. The Modest Maiden
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Book!
    May 17, 2017
    The Modest Maiden
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This. 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.
  5. vics49548
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Get Aboard the Maggie Bright!
    May 5, 2017
    vics49548
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    A 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.
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