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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?
IN MY OPINION…
Catherine Marshall’s portrayal of small town Pennsylvania in the 1930s draws readers in. Alderton is run by the wealthy while the less privileged need a voice.
Julie is a young woman in the midst of change as her family moves from a pastorate in Alabama to a newspaper in Pennsylvania. And then there’s the fact it’s Julie’s final year of high school.
While she is mature for her age—helping her father with the newspaper while keeping up her studies and doing her chores at home—Julie is a typical, sometimes naïve, teenage girl when it comes to the men in her life. She’s got crushes, she’s unsure about her relationship with others, she worries about her future.
Depression, greed, love, class separation and prejudices, loss and the environment all play a role as Julie’s inquisitive mind leads her to delve deep. Don’t miss Julie’s discovery of the woman she will become as well as her faith and her place in the community during this turbulent period of American history.
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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.