Julie by Catherine Marshall Review

 

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Title: Julie
Author: Catherine Marshall
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Re-Issued Date: April 17, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance Fiction
*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?


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My Thoughts:

I was very excited to read this when I found out that it is loosely based on the Johnstown flood. Johnstown is only a hop, skip, and a jump from where I live so I am very familiar with the story of the flood and have visited the site of the dam, the clubhouse, and the flood museum several times. Unfortunately, knowing so much about the flood seemed to taint my enjoyment of the book to some extent. I found it strange that the author mixed fictional and factual places together. It also was very strange to me that the flood depicted in the book was extremely similar to the actual Johnstown flood but then the Johnstown flood was referenced in the story (throughout the book, I was assuming that Alderton was Johnstown). Had I not known all the facts about the actual flood, I think I would have enjoyed the book a lot more.

I also found that the story moved slowly…there was a lot in the book about the forming of unions, which didn’t particularly interest me. I did find the discussions about the steel mills interesting and learned quite a bit about the unjust ways blue collar workers were treated in the past.  I also enjoyed learning about the newspaper business.

Julie’s character wasn’t very likable to me…she was driven and determined, but I found something about her to be a bit off putting. I also really disliked the love quadrangle that was found in this book. It seemed like everyone was in love with this girl.

Overall, this was a good historical book but I was not really a fan. I think many people who enjoy romance would like it though.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Catherine  MarshallCatherine Marshall (1914-1983), ͞The New York Times͟ best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for her novel ͞Christy.͟ Based on the life of her mother, ͞Christy͟ captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. Catherine shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate, in ͞A Man Called Peter.͟ A decade after Dr. Marshall’s untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of ͞Guideposts,͟ forging a dynamic writer-editor partnership. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine’s enduring career spanned four decades and reached over 30 million readers.


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6 thoughts on “Julie by Catherine Marshall Review

  1. thank you for your review. i love this cover. it would indeed be interesting to read how blue collar workers where treated. i do love history books.

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