Thursday, April 26, 2018


Welcome to this stop on the Julie by Catherine Marshall Reissue Celebration Blog Tour with JustRead Publicity Tours!

Title: Julie
Author: Catherine Marshall
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Reissue Date: April 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
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*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?


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.


I love that Gilead Publishing is reissuing Catherine Marshall's classic, beloved novels, Christy and Julie. While Christy is based on the life of her mother, Catherine Marshall found inspiration for Julie some of her own memories of life as an eighteen-year-old in Keyser, West Virginia during the Great Depression. This multi-layered tale of the Wallace family and their relocation to Alderton provides an authentic and touching portrait of life in a small town whose main employer is a steel mill owned by a man who rules the company - and the town - with intimidation and a "my way or the highway-or else" attitude. As someone who did not grow up in a pro-union environment, I learned a bit about the circumstances that gave birth to the movement for employee rights and was aghast at the attitudes displayed by the owners toward the working men and women who toiled with so little recompense. Julie and her family endeared themselves to me from the opening pages as they attempted to put behind them the life and heartaches they had experienced prior to their move and as Julie's father struggled with his personal demons. I particularly enjoyed Julie's work as a proofreader for the fledgling newspaper, which reminded me of my own days as a copy editor of my high school newspaper. I know I read this book when it was first released back in 1984, but I read it with new appreciation now that I've gained a few decades of life experience. While I probably identified more with Julie on my first read in my twenties, the adversities experienced by her parents stirred me most this time around. So many nuggets of truth can be gleaned from these pages. Don't miss this classic novel in its newly republished form!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Gilead Publishing for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Lori Smanski said...

thank you for your review and being a part of the tour. i love this cover. i know when i read a book much later i tend also to have a different appreciation for the story and/or author.

justcommonly said...

Thank you Linda! Great thoughts! Thank you for joining the tour! We appreciate you!

Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for being part of the "Julie" by Catherine Marshall Reissue Celebration Blog Tour with JustRead Publicity Tours. Appreciate your wonderful review which makes me want to read the book all the more.
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Caryl Kane said...

Thank you for your review and participating in the tour.

Lori Smanski said...

thank you for your wonderful review. i have to get this book. i love the cover and i love a book where God is the root reason for living.