For as much as I read about World War II, there are still so many books I read where I learn something new. It’s always makes my history-lovin heart happy. This was one such book – with the miraculous rescue from the beaches of Dunkirk.
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.
This is one of those books I really REALLY wanted to love. The cover is beautiful and the story is a period I love reading about. It wasn’t that I didn’t like this book, but there was something missing. I think it was the pacing of the story. The plot is an incredibly interesting one, but it took a while for me to connect and commit to the story.
This story also sheds light on many of the atrocities committed by the Nazis. It’s always so hard to read about, but I’m glad it wasn’t shied away from, because it’s important to remember. As I mentioned, I also hadn’t heard about the history of Dunkirk, so that was really interesting to learn about.
If you’ve enjoyed Groot’s previous work, I think you’ll enjoy this one. It has much of the same pacing and style as The Sentinels of Andersonville.
What’s one of your favorite WWI novels?
(Thank you to Tyndale for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)