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Maggie Bright: A Novel of Dunkirk Hardcover – May 1, 2015
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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. (Library Journal)
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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!
by Tracy Groot
“What is dark in me, illumine; what is low, raise and support ....” Captain Jacobs
I do my part; you do your part. Make it home alive....
I felt that majority of the first half of the book was confusing and I had trouble focusing;
I took several breaks, despite wanting to know what happened next.
The connections were finally made, but it seemed like it took “too long” to get to that point.
However, I was riveted from the time this little band of soldiers finally arrived in Dunkirk to the end of the story.
From the little knowledge that I have about Dunkirk, the history is accurate and I learned quite a bit about what went on during the evacuation.
Tidy as the ending was, made me quite grumpy as the book ends
with a handful of survivors suddenly going in different directions and the war continues on..
Why couldn’t there have been an epilogue that gave us a clue what happened to them?
Is there another story out there that features the few men left that I haven’t read yet??
What’s with “said” being used almost constantly?
That actually bugged me throughout the book.
One thing I did appreciate throughout the book was the characters.
Certainly never met any character like “Milty” (aka Captain Jacobs),
and I loved following Jamie.
Griggs was one of those men one wanted to hate from start, even though he was on “our” side.
Mrs “Shrew” contributed the humor and prayer,
while Clare tossed in the “I’m a woman - so what? I’ll challenge anyone any day” attitude.
“Bobby” William showed how far a civilian would go to help rescue the BEF,
while Murray learned the meaning of family.
Despite my griping, I’ll take a chance and try reading another book by this author in the future.
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