by Catherine Marshall

Hardcover, 1984



Inspired like Christy, by Catherine Marshall's own life, Julie explores the miracle of faith against a background of small-town America coming of age, with a story and a heroine who is unforgettable powerful and alive.

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½ (99 ratings; 3.8)

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LibraryThing member SueinCyprus
This is the story of 17-year-old Julie Wallace and her family who live in the United States in the late 1920s. Julie’s father Ken takes up the post of editor on a small newspaper, The Sentinel. He has invested almost all his savings in the paper, and the family struggle to make ends meet. Julie
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is a free-thinking and confident young woman in her last year at high school. She has ambitions to be a writer.

There are lots of characters in the book and I found it a bit confusing at times, trying to remember who was whom, although I managed to keep track of the most important ones. Julie, who narrates the story, is very believable and three-dimensional, perhaps because her personality and some of her experiences are based from the author’s own background, although the story itself is fictional, albeit based in the Depression era, and focussing on some important historical topics.

It’s a Christian book but without being preachy or mushy. There’s a a good vs evil theme, which shows as a clash of morality vs ambitious greed; some of the wealthy and ambitious people are unpleasant in a way that seems scarcely credible at times.

The earlier parts of the book foreshadow a terrible tragedy that takes place in the final chapters, providing high drama and heartbreak. I found it quite difficult to put down toward the end, although in the early pages the writing was a bit long-winded, even ponderous at a times.

All in all, I enjoyed it.
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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
The story of a family who moves to Alderton, Pennsylvania where the father takes over a struggling small-town newspaper and must decide between caving in to his largest advertiser or reporting news of interest to his readers.
LibraryThing member Harley0326
There is nothing better for a reader than to feel like they have been swept into a time period and experience exactly what the characters are facing. This book has all the markings of an epic adventure that is captured by pure talent and focused details. I loved every minute I spent reading this
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wonderful story. I was transported back to 1935 and met a young woman so full of life, that I wanted to be friends with her. Julie is the heart beat of this story and will forever have a place of prominence in my heart of the true meaning of faith and perseverance.

I admired her for so many reasons. Her desire to be a journalist was so inspiring it reminds us to never give up on our dreams. I loved how she helped her dad at the newspaper doing whatever he asked her to do. Times were hard for the people in the town Julie's family moved to. There wasn't much money to survive on but the family never complained. I loved the compassion that was showed by several characters toward the needy and despondent families.

What really intrigued me was the vivid description of the steel mill. The employees worked long hours with little pay and Julie became interested in the inner workings of a huge company like the mill. I know the employees were mistreated but they had little power to do anything until talks of a union started spreading. I could see the groups gathering and agreeing that it was time to speak up.

This all leads up to a story that kept me glued to the pages as I read as fast as I could. It was no surprise that management wasn't happy with the newspaper when it seemed they were on the the opposite side of the owners. Danger lurks for Julie and her family as feathers get ruffled in the uproar of union talks. As this is going on, I could feel the tension build and knew something big was about to happen. I don't want to ruin the story for anyone, so I will say that the tragedy that happens will tear families apart, weave a destructive path to the town and forever change the lives of Alderton. The author captures the terror and pain with compassion and brought tears to my eyes as the event unfolded. It is evident that the author did much research to add to the historical value of the story and it heightened the book with precise information.

There is so much in this book that will have readers thinking and examining themselves. Are we still showing prejudice to others? Do we willingly lend a hand to our neighbors? Will we stand up for our beliefs no matter what? Thank you for writing a book that reminds us "to love one another as Christ loves the church."

I received a copy of this book from JustRead Publicity Tours. The review is my own opinion.
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LibraryThing member alekee
Oh, how I loved reading this book and walking in Julie Paige’s shoes, and what a kind, loving young woman the author has given us.
I have long been an admirer of Catherine Marshall, starting back as a teen when I read “A Man Called Peter”.
The author makes you feel for the injustice of big
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business, and the “I don’t care attitude”, and then then the bullying, all because you have concerns and disagree.
Warning once you start this you won’t be able to put it down, and have the tissues handy, there are some really sad parts, but you won’t regret reading this one.
I received this book through Just Read and the Publisher Evergreen Farm, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member hes7
From the author of the beloved Christy, Julie explores the Great-Depression era, a flood-prone Pennsylvania town, and a struggling newspaper through the lense of an eighteen-year-old, spirited woman. In some ways, Julie’s story reflects Catherine Marshall’s own experiences, and I found it all,
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from start to finish, fascinating (even if the waffling between men became a bit tedious). It’s a story of family and faith, social justice and uncertainty, and it’s entirely lovely. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to revisiting it in the years to come. With a beautiful new cover for the re-released edition, Julie is a novel not to miss. I highly recommend it.

Thanks to JustRead Tours, I received a complimentary copy of Julie and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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Mcgraw-Hill (1984), 364 pages

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0070406081 / 9780070406087


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