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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?
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.
This book will sweep you away to historic Pennsylvania, where the woes of the Depression and the fear of flooding surround you. But amidst all that comes a hero in an unlikely form. Julie is not your typical young lady. I don’t imagine there were too many female reporters that were respected in the 1930’s but that doesn’t stop Julie from taking a stand. She finds herself in some tricky situations and handles them with grace, charm, and leaves a smile on your face. You can’t help but cheer her on throughout the book, and get swept away in her investigation.
I did find myself getting frustrated with Julie as she dealt with relationships throughout the book. I’m not sure if it was the way it was written, or just my own view of how I thought her character should act. I had to keep reminding myself of Julie’s age – not quite an adult, while she acted responsible and beyond her years at times, there were parts of her that still seemed immature and naïve. Perhaps that is all of us really. Overall she is a character to like and root for. And this book just proves that it is not necessary for a book to be written in the 2000’s in order for us to enjoy them. There are a plethora of books from the past that we can read, enjoy and pass on to others.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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