Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Book Review: "Maggie Bright" by Tracy Groot
Set in May 1940, "Maggie Bright" by Tracy Groot is essentially the story about two groups. The first group revolves around the yacht "Maggie Bright". The second group is a group of soldiers trying to make their way to Dunkirk when the Nazis surrounded the British Expeditionary Force.
Clare Childs recently inherited the 52' yacht "Maggie Bright". She plans to one day circumnavigate the globe, but that will have to wait when a stranger comes aboard looking for a packet of information. When she gets involved in a Scotland Yard investigation involving those same documents, her life will never be the same.
Jamie Elliot has been given the task of getting an injured Captain home. Along the way, they join up with some other soldiers also making their way to Dunkirk.
It took quite a while to get into the book. With all the different characters and their own unique way of communicating, it was sort of choppy at first. Once I knew what was going on with the packet of documents, and the characters started coming together, it flowed much better for me. I haven't read any of Tracy Groot's other books, either, so I wasn't familiar with her voice. Added to that is the fact that this book is historical fiction and I generally read romances. This book has a bit of romance and a bit of mystery, but primarily it is historical. It made me want to learn more about the historical events that take place during the book (which I happened to be reading on the 75th anniversary of, which I thought was really interesting).
The book follows Clare and Jamie the most, but Murray Vance and William Percy also get quite a bit of coverage. Lesser amounts of time are spent on Sergeant Blake and Father Fitzpatrick as well. I got invested in the characters' lives through the story and was rooting for them on their journeys as the two sides of the book converged. I was glad for the bit of romance that made its way into the story ☺
I'm glad that I didn't give up on the book and kept reading!
"Maggie Bright" is available in Kindle edition:
and in hardcover:
I was given a hardcover edition by Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and a positive review was not required.