Maggie Bright

Title:  Maggie Bright (A Novel of Dunkirk)
Author:  Tracy Groot
Pages:  368
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Tyndale
My rating is 5 stars out of 5
Tracy Groot’s novel is a deeply compelling work of fiction based on the historical record of the approaching Nazi troops at Dunkirk.  Yet, there is deeper story of the faith, humility and bravery shown by the civilians during a time when England faced her greatest challenges.  When youngsters hear about events, there is a certain amount of innocence still left as children often look at brighter moments in their world.  Now, as people age, those events take on a deeper meaning and spur us on to action doing whatever it takes to save our nation.  In Maggie Bright we see what the citizens of Britain did when facing demise some at the highest cost of their lives.  Yet, they continued on fighting to protect life, country and preserving it for those who are yet to be born.
Knowing Tracy’s penchant for detail and thorough research, I was drawn immediately to her novel based on events at Dunkirk.  Each step of the way contains quotes from various sources left behind for the next generation.  The tale told is a heart-gripping one where characters seem alive and my imagination allowed med to see the action through their eyes.  After I read the Author’s Note, I was simply silenced to think of the cost paid when they were engaged in WWII.
Novels like this should stir our hearts and call us to action in defense of the nation we live in as that mantle was passed to us by our forefathers.  Men went to war not because they enjoyed the job they did, but because their hope was that the next generation would have a better life and America would shine brightly!
So read this novel to understand what happened at a point in history that called for a nation to pray, and then to act as He would lead.  Above all, at the end of the novel, one spritely lady reminds us over and over again that our enemy is not flesh and blood but spiritual.  We must fight on both fronts spiritually and physically with faith as well as courage.  Why?  So we can leave behind a legacy that says we fought the good fight of faith and by His strength we too can defeat any foe who seeks to destroy America.
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