A Review: Julie by Catherine Marshall

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Title: Julie Author: Catherine Marshall Publisher: Gilead Publishing Re-Issued Date: April 17, 2018 Genre: Historical Romance FictionLinks*: Goodreads l Amazon l ChristianBook l Book Depository l Itunes
*A New York Times bestseller* Will the dam hold? Julie Wallace has always wanted to write. Trying to escape the Great Depression, Julie’s father buys the Alderton Sentinel, a small-town newspaper in flood-prone Alderton, Pennsylvania, and moves his family there. As flash floods ominously increase, Julie’s investigative reporting uncovers secrets that could endanger the entire community. Julie, the newspaper, and her family are thrown into a perilous standoff with the owners of the steel mills as they investigate the conditions of the immigrant laborers. As the Alderton Sentinel and Julie take on a more aggressive role to reform these conditions, seething tensions come to a head.
When a devastating tragedy follows a shocking revelation, Julie’s courage and strength are tested. Will truth and justice win, or will Julie lose everything she holds dear?

My Thoughts

Everyone, or most everyone, is familiar with Catherine Marshall’s book, Christy. It is considered a Christian classic novel. It has recently been released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of it’s first release.

Not quite as well known was a follow-up novel titled, Julie. This is the story of  Julie Wallace, a young woman in the 1930s who dreams of being a journalist. Her family moves to Alderton, Pennsylvania where her father purchases the Alderton Sentinel.

As with every novel, there are bits of mystery and threats of disaster. And you’ll find no spoilers here, because as we all know that’s not how I roll. If you want to know if the disasters are averted or not, if she marries or not, and if the big flood happens or not, you’ll have to get the book and read it for your big boy/girl self.

Julie was first published in 1984, republished in 2001 and recently released again as a follow-up of the re-release of Christy.

The thing that interests me the most about this book is not the chance to re-read it, but to see how life in the literary world has changed in the past 34 years. When this book was written and then finally published it was a different, much more forthright world.

When this book was first released I read it and, to be honest, I didn’t like it much. I was interested in journalism at the time and I thought I’d love it. This time around my reaction was much the same. Just another okay book written by a well -known author.

Never fear, dear reader, it’s a good, wholesome book. Catherine Marshall knew how to weave a good story and used works of fiction to teach us important life lessons. Just because I wasn’t a fan of this particular book does not mean that you won’t be. It might be just the very book you need. So go to amazon.com, your bookstore, or your public library to get a copy and read it for your own self. Then when you’ve finished, come back here and let’s chat about it some more.

I received a free copy of this ebook for the purpose of review. I did not have to give a positive review. All opinions in this review are my own.

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