Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Maggie Bright by Tracy Groot

I was first introduced to Tracy Groot when I read, The Sentinels of Andersonville. Now I have had the pleasure to review, The Maggie Bright. Powerful writing that weaves a beautiful story drawn from great research giving the reader a novel that is historically accurate. 

The characters are deep. This is a multifaceted story where Groot allows the reader to journey back in time to the year of 1940. This isn't just a novel. It's an experience. 

For what seems impossible we see that the only limit we have is the fear we allow to hold us back. We even see the power of prayer. We witness the power of overcoming when people choose to give beyond themselves. We see the unexpected rise above circumstances. These characters are honorable, faithful, and steadfast. 

The writing is beyond superb. I love when history and mystery interwoven. Now, this isn't one of those beachy reads, where all is romance and there's just fun-loving drama. This is deep. Dunkirk was new to me. I am a lover of history and am so thankful for Groot to bring a story such as this to those people like me who had no idea, but now find myself wanting to know more. When you know that 340,000 men were saved from death or imprisonment, that's powerful!! But to read this novel and to know what happened to those men, in which thousands were killed, and to understand that 40,000 were taken captive and held prisoner for five years, brings a heart to a deep place.

This is one of those novels that has a big screen feel. This is why I love reading. I am a fan of Groot and cannot wait to see what's next for this extraordinary writer.

This novel was a gift from Tyndale for sharing my review with you. 

Tracy Groot is the critically acclaimed and two-time Christy Award-winning author of several novels that have received starred Booklist and Publishers Weekly reviews. Her books have been called "beautifully written" and "superior, page-turning" by Publishers Weekly and "gripping" with "exquisitely drawn" characters by Library Journal. Tracy and her husband have three boys and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 


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