Maggie Bright: A Novel of Dunkirk

Maggie Bright A Novel of Dunkirk Christian Book Award finalist Fiction category England Clare Childs knew life would change when she unexpectedly inherited the Maggie Bright a noble fifty two foot yacht In fact she s coun

  • Title: Maggie Bright: A Novel of Dunkirk
  • Author: Tracy Groot
  • ISBN: 9781414383231
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 sh2016 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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    1. Too raw, too fresh, too bittersweet beautiful yet in my mind to post a full review. Rest assured though, it FAR surpasses my definition of historical fiction of literary excellence. FIVE ***** Beautifully Rendered, Astoundingly Captivating, Historical Fiction of Literary Excellence ***** STARS

    2. For as much as I read about World War II, there are still so many books I read where I learn something new. It’s always makes my history-lovin heart happy. This was one such book – with the miraculous rescue from the beaches of Dunkirk.This is one of those books I really REALLY wanted to love. The cover is beautiful and the story is a period I love reading about. It wasn’t that I didn’t like this book, but there was something missing. I think it was the pacing of the story. The plot is a [...]

    3. Good job with a multi - layered plot! Hard at first to get into, but picked up for me as I began to get caught up in the lives of the characters. The author does a good job of weaving together realistic historical events with suspense, mystery and a little bit of romance; all the characteristics of a good story.

    4. Between a teakettle wielding, shrieking 67-year old woman the Burglar Vicar didn’t stand a chance at his mission – whatever it was. But Clare Childs is determined to find out. Easier said than done. When she meets the vicar’s friend, Murray Vance of New York, she is intrigued by his warnings. Can the truth be more disturbing than the fact that the vicar was after something on her boat? Surely not. But something is not quite right. More and more people are becoming involved in her mystery a [...]

    5. I love this book so much. Tracy Groot writes from a deep well of creativity, thoughtfulness, and historical accuracy. Her book is chock full of history--from the perspective of the soldiers fleeing their way to Dunkirk, to the life of people at home in Britian during the war. I love the British culture that brims over into all her chapters (pablum and tea, and stiff-upper-lip), and the characters full of rich personality. Murray struggles with Asberger's and has to constantly make his mind think [...]

    6. Rating: 4 1/2 stars.I originally started this book, but then put it down to take a little break from it (I've only recently--as in the past several years--have gotten into Historical Fiction novels, particularly Christian Historical Fiction). But once I picked it back up, I couldn't put it down! I'd given a copy to my mom, since I got the kindle version for a good deal, and she finished it before me and said I'd enjoy it, and I did! The characters are very engaging, such as the Shrew, Murray, Si [...]

    7. "What in me is dark, illumine! What is low, raise and support!" - John MiltonClare 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 a [...]

    8. I enjoyed reading this historical fiction about the evacuation of Dunkirk. The history covers two different aspects covering that time that eventually come together at Dunkirk. Sometimes it gets confusing what aspect you are reading about. There are not too many fiction books written for this time period. In reading this book, I learned a lot about the evacuation, concerning the people involved in the story.

    9. I read The Sentinels of Andersonville last year and loved it so I was excited to see a new historical fiction out from Tracy Groot. I was especially excited to see a different perspective on World War II history. I hoped for the same gritty action, characterization and fast pace that Sentinels had but was disappointed to find a much slower pace in Maggie Bright.At times the massive amount of dialogue in Maggie Bright becomes too much to keep track of with so many characters. Many times I had to [...]

    10. My absolute favorite style of historical fiction. Focusing on the retreat of the British Army to the beaches of Dunkirk, Groot tells the story of young soldiers retreating with no idea what is in store for them once they reach the beaches of Dunkirk. Tracy Groot, an amazing storyteller, tells a wonderful story behind the heroism of actual history. This is a story of average British citizens with a love for their island and their soldiers. If you possess a passion for a tale of self-sacrificing, [...]

    11. After watching the movie "Dunkirk," I wanted more stories based around this remarkable civilian mobilization to help rescue their troops.If you've read Sandra Orchard's mysteries, imagine that meeting something like Gunner's Run and you've got this book.It's light on battle details and military maneuvers and heavy on quirky, fun characters with a lot of heart.

    12. This is, in my opinion, Tracy Groot's finest novel. It invited me in from the very first words and kept me turning pages, fully engaged with the characters and the story. Prior to my reading, I was unacquainted with the history of Dunkirk. It truly is an amazing story and one that bolsters my faith and my desire to be a person of prayer. HIGHLY recommended. I read a whole lot and this is one of the best novels I've had the pleasure of reading. Beautiful.

    13.    With the new Dunkirk film being released this year, this book has been published at the perfect time! I personally did not know much about Dunkirk before reading this book from popular Christian author Tracy Groot. As with much historical fiction, this book gives a good perspective on the actual events, opening the reader's eyes allowing him to experience the events through reading. This book was difficult to begin. The writing style was at first confusing as were the characters. However, a [...]

    14. Obviously my opinion is in the minority since this book currently has a 4.19 rating. The potential for a great story was there, but for me the writing was all over the place, there were too many one-dimensional characters, and I felt like an outsider looking in on the little bit of action that actually took place instead of feeling part of the monumental undertaking that was Dunkirk.

    15. Tracy Groot is a quite the skilled story artist and her books just keep getting better. This story is a true winner, the most beautiful yet. I've always been fascinated by the miracle at Dunkirk but never actually knew very much about it, just that a lot of British troops backed up against a wall were rescued in a an amazing fashion. This book does a fantastic job illuminating those days and the astounding courage that was displayed by so many in so many different ways. The characters are all sk [...]

    16. Tracy Groot in her new book, “Maggie Bright” published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us into the life of Clare Childs.From the Back Cover: 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 darke [...]

    17. About the Book"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 [...]

    18. Parallel stories are seamlessly interwoven throughout this gripping novel of the early years of WWII England and across the English Channel. Beautifully described with impeccable detail, history comes to life in this poignant story. The Maggie Bright holds secrets and her story runs deep. Numerous characters come to life in this gripping novel of danger and intrigue. These characters will touch your heart and bring tears to your eyes. This tale of war and suffering, and a future unknown is well [...]

    19. Groot’s tale is steeped in intriguing historical detail about events during WWII that many may not be familiar with. At first, it is difficult to keep the characters and situations straight, but when the story gets going, it is full of action and adventure. Sad, realistic but ultimately hopeful, Maggie Bright is a must-read.Clare Childs is excited when she inherits the Maggie Bright, a yacht that she intends to learn to sail. But there are some strange people hanging around, searching her boat [...]

    20. Setting: World War II3 1/2 StarsWhen Clare Childs inherits a yacht called the "Maggie Bright," she is so excited she intends to learn how to sail it as soon as possible. But then she discovers there are some strange people hanging around, as well as searching for somethingbut for what?When Scotland Yard becomes involved, Clare soon discovers that some secret documents have supposedly been hidden aboard the Maggie Bright. At the advent of World War II, Clare's yacht becomes important in the quest [...]

    21. Absolutely chilling in its descriptions of war and courage.Maggie Brightis not a fast read, but it is an engrossing read. I've read a lot about WW2 but haven't even heard about Dunkirk (where have I been???). Not knowing what to expect, I was apprehensive about reading this book. But once again, Tracy Groot blew me away. Full of historical details and figures yet it was never dry. I am amazed at the courage of the civilians who answered the call to risk their lives to help the BEF evacuate from [...]

    22. This is my third Tracy Groot novel. The style was similar to The Sentinels of Andersonville however not as satisfying. I found the first third of the novel to move along rather slowly. I nearly gave up at around page 100, but am very thankful I kept reading. Things picked up nicely after that point.The storyline was fabulous, the back story is amazing, the characters beautifully done and the language delightful. Somehow all the pieces didn't fit together perfectly though.Overall, I enjoyed this [...]

    23. Maggie Bright, like Tracy's other novels, doesn't disappoint. I've never understood so much about what Dunkirk meant to the British. The devastating suffering and defeat they experienced created an opportunity, though, for citizens to come to the aid of the military in an incredible effort. Gives me shivers thinking about their courage and tenacity. To anyone wondering, I say, READ THIS BOOK!! And to Tracy Groot, I say, KEEP WRITING!

    24. I've read books from this author, and liked them. Can't say the same here. The first 3-4 chapters had me scratching my head based on dialogue--what are these people talking about and is the author purposely trying to frustrate me?I gave up--I'm not opposed to thinking while reading, or slogging through a few slow chapters, but this was painful, and honestly, I have far too many other books to read to waste my time on this.

    25. 4 1/2 starsEngland, 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 r [...]

    26. Couldn't really get into it, so don't want to say anything negative without really reading it all the way through.

    27. The book The Maggie Bright by Tracy Groot is a book I received for reviewing purposes. When I first got the book I looked at it and, though the cover was attractive, I really thought I would not like it at all. It has several strikes against it in my taste for books-- #1 it is about a war and much of it is the story/stories of a soldier/soldiers, #2 it flips back and forth between different characters who are seemingly unrelated in the beginning of the book, #3 it is about a British group of peo [...]

    28. Oof. This book deals with a lot of heavy topics. I mean, WWII isn't known for being a light or happy period in human history, but sometimes books set during that period focus on the homefront and on happier parts of the story. I don't think I'd ever read a book with such a focus on the beaches of Dunkirk. I also hadn't read a book that painted such a bleak picture of the war effort before America joined in. There are some snide comments made throughout the book about isolationist Americans, beca [...]

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