Julie by Catherine Marshall
I’m finally able to share my review on this book, and I can’t wait to tell you about it!
My problem is, I hardly know where to start…it’s that good!
I’ve wanted to read this one ever since I found out about it….but I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, because I hadn’t read any books written by this author for a long time. (I think I read Christy, at least once, but it’s been more years than I care to count… 😉 ) I also knew this book was highly recommended, and that is what piqued my interest more than anything.
I’ll just share again the back cover copy:
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?
This book is set in the days following the Great Depression. Julie’s family relocates to a new town, because her father lost his pastoral position in their previous hometown. Controversy. Issues. Refusing to give in to pressures. Things of that nature was what forced them to move…
He was so discouraged, he didn’t want to go into ministry again, and instead purchased the Sentinel, an almost-bankrupt newspaper in the small town of Alderton. By using much grit and determination, Julie and her father manage, with the help of some new friends they make in their new home town, to keep this newspaper afloat. But just barely. And there are definitely issues to be found here, as well…issues, that if addressed by the paper, could either make or break it.
You see, here in this town, the wealthy had almost complete power. This is the kind of scenario that can be found world over, I think. People give in to those with wealth because the repercussions are too sever if they don’t.
One issue that Julie keeps pondering on is the dam that is upriver from their town. There is so much mystery surrounding it. And she quickly discovers that asking questions gets her no answers. She is repeatedly told “The dam is safe.” But there is nothing to back up those claims. Why??!!
Julie is my type of heroine. Determined. Hard working. A bit too hasty at times. And yet, so very easy to be related to. She learns so much, and grows through all of it. Standing for truth. Being a light and reaching out to others. And much more.
This book is written in an entirely captivating manner. Even though it’s not really an action-packed (or suspense) novel, it has a lot going on. And enough mystery and suspense that it kept my attention!
I learned so much about 1930s small town USA, it really came alive to me through reading Julie!
I give this book a 5 star rating!
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