“Maggie Bright” by Tracy Groot, book review

“Maggie Bright” by Tracy Groot, book review

England- 1940.

While the US has not entered WWII, Europe is fully engulfed in the conflict. Clair Child’s has inherited the “Maggie Bright” a 52′ yacht. She plans to sail it, alone around the world. But first, she must learn to sale and support herself in the process. She has turned the boat into a Bed and Breakfast.

But then a stranger appears on the boat, searching for something. He will not speak even when arrested. She makes the trek to Scotland Yard to find out, but is denied entrance, as prisoners are allowed only 1 visitor per day, and he has already had his visitor. As luck would have it, Clair runs into Murray Vance. He is from America and the son of the owner of her yacht. This creates more questions than answers about the “Maggie Bright.”

This is a novel about the Battle of Dunkirk. For those in America we usually view WWII after December 1942 when we entered the war, but there were many battles prior to that. I enjoyed the novel, but had a hard time following the story for quite a few chapters, as there were different groups of characters in various places that seemed unrelated for a long time. But I keep going and they all came together.

I would recommend this book for those interested in WWII especially Europe’s involvement and those interested in yachts.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“A Heart’s Danger” by Colleen Coble, book review

“A Heart’s Danger” by Colleen Coble, book review Journey of the Heart #3

Sarah is just trying to move on with life here at Fort Laramie, but her heart is still torn. Relations with the Indians in the area are strained, and the soldiers at the fort are anything but calm. Rand is now engaged to Jessica, but Sarah still loves him. But where do his feelings lie?

This is a short portion of the books first published several years ago, and now rereleased in shorter versions. I enjoyed the book, it was easy to read in just a couple of hours. As I have not read the first 2 books in the series, it was a little hard to understand the complex relationships and I did not have the back ground to fully understand the entire plot, but it was still easy to read and enjoyable. I recommend reading the series in order.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, as a member of the BookLook club. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Art of Losing Yourself” by Katie Ganshert, book review

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“The Art of Losing Yourself” by Katie Ganshert, book review

Carmen Hart greets everyone as they are preparing for the day with the weather report on morning TV. She is gorgeous and married to the high school football coach, who has led the home town team to a state championship. But she struggles with doubts and longs to be a mother.

Gracie is Carmen’s 17 year old sister, who runs away from their alcoholic mother in hopes of finding acceptance from their aunt at the beach front motel where the family would spend the summers. But Aunt Ingrid has been moved to an assisted living home due to issues with dementia and the motel has closed. What will Gracie do now?

Carmen takes Gracie into her home and they try to work together- to get Gracie in school, repair and reopen the motel and become a sort of a family.

This was a nice book to read about a family who survived difficult issues but with God’s grace and forgiveness was able to stay strong. I was impressed by the emotions expressed by the various characters major and minor and how the author expressed the difference in what the world saw on the outside and how each was really feeling on the inside.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Art of Losing Yourself

WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)


Katie Ganshert


Award-winning author, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her family. When she’s not busy penning novels or spending time with her people, she enjoys drinking coffee with friends, reading great literature, and eating copious amounts of dark chocolate.


Just like in my dream, I was drowning and nobody even noticed.

Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together. But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore.

Until Carmen’s sister—seventeen year old runaway, Gracie Fisher—steps in and changes everything. Gracie is caught squatting at a boarded-up motel that belongs to Carmen’s aunt, and their mother is off on another one of her benders, which means Carmen has no other option but to take Gracie in. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to bring a woman’s faith and marriage back to life? Can two half-sisters make each other whole?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Art of Losing Yourself, go HERE.

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