• Author: Catherine Marshall
  • Publisher: Evergreen Farm
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Release Date: April 17, 2018
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  • GenreChristian
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Book Summary

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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About The Author

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.

Catherine Marshall

Book Review by Bree Herron

It is always a delight to see books brought back to print. Having been a fan of Christy, I was eager to read Julie. Now these aren’t in a series, but the author did a wonderful job of grasping her female characters and giving them intelligence and strength.

Julie is seeing the struggle of the depression all around her. Moving to a town to begin anew Julie and her family face struggles that are unknown to readers, as we wouldn’t face these in modern days. I really love the character Julie, she is an 18 year old with a mind of her own, eager to be an adult and yet still had some child like qualities. I am thrilled to see the new cover of the book, and felt that it embraced the story.

It was a delight to read this classic and I will be back to it again each year. I think it is a book that a reader can return to and learn something new after each reading.

**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.


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  1. Lori Smanski

    thank you for being a part of the tour. i just love this cover. it says so much. on my to buy list.

  2. Lori Smanski

    i do hope you get your book soon. would love to hear your review. i just love this cover. on my to read list.

  3. Melissa

    I loved the look of this book cover it is elegant and mysterious both.


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