The Maggie Bright


The Maggie Bright
Tracy Groot

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.

     From the beginning of The Maggie Bright I couldn't decide whether I loved or hated the writing style of it. On one hand, the dialogue was snappy and the plot intriguing, but the book was also scattered and confusing. I really wanted to love it, because there was so much potential, but ultimately I just had to accept that the writing style of this novel and I were not compatible. Like many novels written about WW2, I felt like I would have enjoyed this one better as a movie. While I liked the characters and found their personalities distinct and original, I never felt fully connected to them and their thoughts (and since there is so much dialogue, I feel like the entire story would have actually worked better as a movie) and there were so many characters, especially when they were thrown at us in the beginning, that it took the first half of the novel just  for me to get them all straight.

     So while I like the premise of this one, sadly, this wasn't the book for me.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


  1. The Maggie bright is a novel full of suspense. It is very interesting as the writer captivates the reader with his writing. i really like this novel.


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