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3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  2,918 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
Julie Wallace is just eighteen in 1934 when her father risks their life savings on a struggling newspaper and moves the family to a flood-prone Pennsylvania town.

It is here a young woman's convictions take firm root, as Julie finds herself taking sides when battle lines are drawn between desperate steelworkers and the mill owners who control their lives. And it is here whe
Paperback, 428 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Avon (first published 1984)
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Aug 11, 2012 Tamhack rated it really liked it
All through the book I kept waiting for the flood to happen but Marshall keeps you hanging on until the last minute as she follows the struggles of a teenage girl and her family struggling in 1935. The book is about life and people (human nature-a both ends of the spectrum), a little romance -how they help each other through life. The author gives a good description of a steel factory. That was fascinating. The book describes the struggles of a small newspaper. Even though the time period of the ...more
Kelsey Bryant
Apr 16, 2016 Kelsey Bryant rated it it was amazing
I had been wanting to read Julie ever since I'd heard about it after finishing Catherine Marshall's Christy. Since I also had determined to read books set in the 1930s during January, it was convenient to kill two birds with one stone and devour Julie!

I enjoy realistic fiction, so I appreciated Marshall's way of telling the story. She wrote mainly nonfiction, and her two novels were based on her mother's young womanhood and her own young womanhood, respectively. So the details made me feel like
John Yelverton
Oct 21, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though lauded as a sequel to "Christy", it was not. It is an interesting story but it's definitely meant for the female gender.

Julie should have ended up with Graham. Let me say that right now.

*sigh* This is a bit of a difficult review to write…in some ways, this book touched me in a way that books seldom do, but in more ways, I just didn't like it very much.

You know how people sometimes criticize Louisa May Alcott's "Rose in Bloom" because they sort of expected a little more from the author of "Little Women"? Yeah. That. I hate to say it, but at some points during this story the word "after-thought" almo
Sep 03, 2015 NebraskaIcebergs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Catherine Marshall's writing career spanned over thirty years and included almost twenty books. Her final book, Julie, I picked up this summer to reread for two reasons. First, no matter where I find myself in my spiritual walk, Marshall's books always increase my faith. Second, the main character clings to the dream I have also held all my life, which is to be an author. This third reread resulted in my appreciating Julie for other reasons too.

Like many who grow up in the Christian faith, Julie
Jul 02, 2015 Loraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SUMMARY: Julie Wallace is just eighteen in 1934 when her father risks their life savings on a struggling newspaper and moves the family to a flood-prone Pennsylvania town.

It is here a young woman's convictions take firm root, as Julie finds herself taking sides when battle lines are drawn between desperate steelworkers and the mill owners who control their lives. And it is here where her heart and her loyalties are torn, divided between two special men. But when a devastating natural catastrophe
May 19, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Marshall, author of the classic Christy, drew on her life experiences for this coming-of-age story in which a young girl discovers herself and the strength of her faith.

Julie, is a heartwarming, coming of age story about the struggles a young lady enounters with her family in post-depression Pennsylvania. Julie's family purchase the small town's local newspaper, and in doing so, enouncouter financial, political, and faith-based, tests. Her father's chronic illness, propels Julie in to
Oct 11, 2010 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carrie by: Jessica Newton
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Dec 27, 2007 Rosa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any female who is going through a struggling time
Shelves: own-it
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This book is something that you can relate to if you are going through a struggling time in your life and if your life is in transition. Catherine Marshal is such a great author, she writes nice books.
Jun 16, 2009 Tracie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book--captivating story of a 1930s Pennsylvania family--with a historical backdrop that will make you laugh and cry. Julie is a crusader, has a heart for the hurting, and...well, you just need to read it for yourselves!
Lana Del Slay
I won't say this was interesting.

I don't like love triangles, so I flipped to the end to settle that question because I knew the question was going to come up. Once I'd settled it, I could get down to the business of watching Marshall build her characters and setting. The plot had promise: Depression-era preacher ups sticks for some reason to run a newspaper in Pennsylvania. There is corporate corruption! There is pluck! There is a disaster looming!

Unfortunately, as with Christy, Marshall buil
May 29, 2009 Shirleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was young Catherine Marshall was one of my favorite authors and her book Christy was one of my favorite books. So when I saw this book, I was excited to read it. I loved the story - it's an old fashioned romance/adventure/coming of age/thought provoking story of Julie Wallace, 18 years old. Her father, a minister, resigns his job because of some disagreement within his church and he uses all of the family savings to open a newspaper in Pennsylvania during the depression years. She helps h ...more
Nancy Bandusky
Jan 07, 2015 Nancy Bandusky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful, yet tragic, story that I just finished - again. This novel is one that can be reread numerous times and enjoyed at different stages in one's life.

The characters are refreshingly not perfect as they struggle with life in a small town. While set in the 1930s, the problems they face are still with us today - environmental issues, money vs. safety, corruption, exclusive vs. inclusive (even in church), priorities ... and finding love.

While written by a Christian author, the nov
Oct 19, 2012 Chelsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, when I first started reading this book, it didn't really interest me. It's not exactly plot-driven. Reaching the climax is almost painfully slow sometimes and there are also many points that get bogged down by needless description. However, I gave it four stars, so I obviously liked it. And yes, I did. Somewhere among the digressions and slowness, I enjoyed this book. Julie is a relatable and fun character, so reading about her life became endearing over time. In addition, Marshall ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-adult
It's interesting how different people get different things out of the same book and how one person might get different things at different times. Although the coming of age story and the romantic triangle were always there, to me they were in the background. the real story seemed to be about how many of the upper class ignored problems (social, safety, and ecological) in their pursuit of the almighty dollar and how influential people misuse their power to manipulate the media, the community, and ...more
Clara Roberts
Jun 03, 2012 Clara Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I did not enjoy Marshall's non-fiction books, I did enjoy this novel. It is the story of a minister who becomes the editor and publisher of a small newspaper in PA dduring the 1930's. The book reminded me of the violent union activity that I had studied about in economic history class while a student at NTSU. Marshall did a lot of research about the various printing presses that were in use during that time as well as reseach about the building of dams. This might bore some readers. I foun ...more
Jul 20, 2010 Tessa rated it really liked it
I found this book on the top book shelf in my sisters room. I doubted anyone in the family has even read it, but I picked it up anyway. In the end, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I seem to be reading books in which I can relate to the characters (for example, Up a Road Slowly, Jacob Have I Loved). This was another book where I related to the main character, Julie. She was young, blunt, had pretty strong opinions, and loved writing. The time period was in 1930's, and it was signif ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first. It was fine, but I wasn't totally into it. It turned out to be a lot more thought provoking than I originally thought it would be. If you are interested in labor unions, religion, or history, and like historical fiction, this could be a fascinating read for you. It's a fictional version of the author's own life - not a clear autobiography - but a lot of the experiences of the main character happened to Catherine Marshall.
Apr 05, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: junior high and up
I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading Catherine Marshall's "Christy" until reading "Julie". Everything about this book is wholesome and uplifting. It also offers a peek into a steel mining Pennsylvania town during the depression. I did a bit of fact checking and learned that the life, conflicts, and trials portrayed are quite accurate; especially of the great flood. Reading about the flood was as heart thumping and tragic as about anything I've experienced.
Nov 09, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fact that it takes her seven years to write one book is evidence of how detailed her writing is. This was an amazing book of historical fiction based partially on her own life. It took me on a real journey and I walked away feeling like I really gained a new perspective from this book. When a book takes me on an adventure, teaches me history and entertains and enthralls me at the same time, it's a winner and I strongly recommend it.
Mar 06, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Diana
I have read this one countless times. Catherine Marshall is my favorite author. My only regret is that she only wrote three books in her lifetime. This is her best. I cannot overemphasize how incredible her writing is! This is a historical fiction about a young journalist/reporter who tries unsuccessfully to warn others about structural deficiencies in a nearby dam. You won't believe the climax!
May 25, 2007 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls
This was a fun story Christian romance novel about a twenty-something girl trying to figure out her ambitions and dealing with the twists and turns of life in a small town community. Her passion for writing and being noticed by a certain Scottish gentleman were adorable. Mostly predictable but enjoyable all the same.
Feb 18, 2008 Brenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It has been a long time since I read a good story. I loved Julie as a character and the lessons in the book. I also loved the touches of history on unions, bridges, the depression, and small towns.
Carolyn F.
Jan 02, 2016 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forgot I had read this until I was looking for a book about a flood and remembered Catherine Marshall had written one. I remember people's clothes were tore off and the awful scenes afterwards. Good book.
Jun 27, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true classic....can read this one over and over!
Nov 26, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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 r
Oct 05, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book - completed in 1983 and the final work of Catherine Marshall before her death. I listened to it - 14 CDs. A new friend recommended this book after hearing that I had recently read the Johnstown Flood - but especially enjoyed historical fiction. I had never heard of "Julie". (I was in the midst are raising 4 young children when this book was published in 1984 and read mostly children's books!) Catherine Marshall set this story of Julie Wallace in 1934 in the fictitious town of A ...more
Jun 12, 2014 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up on Saturday as I was sick and the boys wanted to play outside and I needed something to do while sitting in the rocker on the deck. I'm a Catherine Marshall fan, so I wanted to read this again after I had read all her non fiction books. A fact I found interesting was this book was published after her death. Anyhow, I had a hard time putting it down! While some of the things were just bizarre (as in the way such a small town had such controversy and the Wallace family had so many ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: (Mature) Girls 15+
I was really disappointed in this book. While I did appreciate some of the aspects - such as how the family worked together, and how they believed that all people should be treated with the same kindness - there were three things that I really cannot agree with. (1) The book implied that the only people who believe in and talk about the Holy Spirit are Pentecostals. (2) It also seemed to have the mentality that "since nearly all people in management are greedy and don't have an ounce of compassi ...more
Rebekah Giese Witherspoon
Dec 23, 2013 Rebekah Giese Witherspoon rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
The plot of “Julie” by Catherine Marshall is very similar to “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell, but it was such a poor substitute that I couldn’t bear to finish reading it.

Both Margaret Hale (in “North and South”) and Julie Wallace (in “Julie”) have to leave a beautiful town in the south of the country (Helstone, England in “North and South” / Temmeton, Alabama, USA in “Julie”) and move with their families to an ugly, noisy, soot-covered industrial city in the north of the country (Milton,
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Marshall was born in Johnson City, Tennessee.[1][2] She was the daughter of the Reverend John Ambrose Wood and Leonora Whitaker Wood.[1] From the age of nine until her graduation from high school, Marshall was raised in Keyser, West Virginia,[1] where her father served as pastor of a Presbyterian church from 1924 to 1942.[1]

While a junior at Agnes Scott College, she met Peter Marshall, marrying hi
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