Author: Catherine Marshall
Genre: Christian Fiction
Synopsis: 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?
First Line: As I stood out on Lookout Point and viewed Alderton seven miles below, I wonder what changes I would find.
My Thoughts: You can figure out a lot from this first sentence! This is obviously a first person book, and from what the character is talking about it seems like she or he is either Julie or another main or supporting person. Lookout Point (wherever it is) also appears like a safe or life-changing spot for whoever's speaking, and Alderton a place for an important series of events. You can also tell that this character has been through some sort of internal change as well as the town itself. I also liked the irony in Marshall's other bestseller, Christy, starting in a similar way. This first line was really interesting and I can't wait to find out more!