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Maggie Bright by Tracy Groot

From the publisher:
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 knowsMaggie 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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There is something about Tracy Groot’s writing that is spellbinding.  Honestly, it always seems to take me a chapter or two to get into her novels, but once I am in, I am IN.  Tracy Groot’s writing makes you feel the intensity of the situation, even though this happened long ago.  You feel as if you are living in those moments, desperate to know the outcome.  What is so impressive about her writing is that she doesn’t use all sorts of words to make you feel the depth of emotions.  She doesn’t describe the carnage or romantic love or loss.  Instead, somehow as she tells her stories, you feel all these things with a depth unusual for a novel.  Her writing is so on-point that you are seeing and living the experience without all the “fluff language” of other authors.

When I had to put the book down to do other things I found myself thinking about it and thinking about the history.  She makes me want to learn more about Dunkirk and about WWII.

This beautiful and gripping novel is for any reader.  I love that Tracy Groot is a Christian writer and wrote this book in a way that I could give it to a non-believer and I know it would be a seed-planter.  Clare’s words to Williams arrests your heart and stays with you.

While there are multiple characters, they weave together in such a way that you are not distracted by them but desire them all to be well at the novels end.  You won’t want to miss this book or any of her other previous books.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Korina Moran April 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I added this book to my list of books to read! Thank you!

  • Reply Renee April 28, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Thanks so much – I’m adding this to my reading wish list on GoodReads now! 🙂

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