*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 review: This book had a slow start for me and took me quite a while to get into it. I read 'Christy' years before and remember liking it so I was surprised at my reaction to 'Julie.' It was interesting to me that both books were based on real people, Christy being based on Catherine's mom and Julie somewhat on Catherine's experiences as an eighteen-year-old. I admired a lot about the character of Julie, that she did the right thing even when it was hard and that she was such a hard worker with no pay as she helped her dad make a go of the paper, all while going to high school. There were some hard situations described in the book, from the effects of the tragedy to facts Julie found out about what some workers and their families went through who were trying to form a union and how their employers treated them. I learned a lot about the fight to unionize and how resistant so many companies were. I also learned a lot about the newspaper business and dams. In some ways, Julie seemed very mature and in others, not so much. She seemed very confused about which man she was interested in and I thought was a bit flaky that way. There were some romantic moments. I liked that she probed for answers; she wasn't afraid to ask hard questions, even if she might not like what she found. She was searching for a meaningful faith, trying to understand her parents' faith and her own. I really liked that, ultimately, each character had to decide for themselves what was right and wrong and how much of a stand they would take for right. Would you stay true to your convictions if you lost everything? It made me think about what I would do in that situation and made me hope that my convictions and faith in God were strong. I really liked the latter part of the book and would recommend it if these topics interest you. I received this book free from JustRead Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
Catherine Marshall (1914-1983),
“The New York Times” best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for
her novel “Christy.” Based on the life of her mother, “Christy”
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.