Book Review: Julie

Book Review: Julie

Book Review Julie, Catherine Marshall book review

While I did not read much on our recent trip, this is one book that I did read and enjoy. Indeed, I stayed up way too late at the campfire one night to finish it! Even though it starts off rather ploddingly, by the end I found it totally engrossing. This work of historical fiction is based on the author’s own life, and is set in the depression, featuring the impending Great Flood of Pennsylvania.

It is a coming of age story of Christian faith tested, growing, and finding full bloom, as the main character struggles to set a path for herself that includes both a meaningful career and true love. Julie experiences God’s saving grace more than once and wonders why turning to prayer for healing results is not more common. Honor, decency, and compassion play major roles here, as they so rarely do in todays’s fiction. This is a book that improves the reader, and is more satisfying the more you ponder it later.

Anyone who liked Catherine Marshall’s famous Christy novel, will probably like this one too. This book would make a great gift for a high school student, or assigned reading for a homeschooling teen. I give it 4 stars, and plan on reading more by this author.


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1 Comment

  1. Beverly Lyle 9 years ago

    I absolutely loved JULIE when I read it, just as I loved CHRISTY. Thank you for bringing these inspiring books to our attention.

    I’m almost finished with CROSSING SWORDS. The research in this book is incredible…a piece of unknown history (to me). . And the vitality and necessity of Mary Baker Eddy’s chapters in SCIENCE AND HEALTH: Marriage, Christian Science versus Spiritualism, (and Animal Magnetism Unmasked) are poignantly understood. What a Leader is Mary Baker Eddy!

    Love, Bev

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