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Julie Dewey is a novelist who resides with her family in Central New York. Her daughter is a singer/songwriter, and her son is a boxer. Her husband is an all-around hard working, fantastic guy with gorgeous blue eyes that had her falling for him the moment they met. In addition to researching and writing she is an avid reader. She is also passionate about jewelry design and gemstones. She loves anything creative, whether it be knitting, stamping, scrapping, decoupaging, working with metal, or decorating. Visit her at www.juliedewey.com to get your reading guide for this book and to read an excerpt from One Thousand Porches, her second novel.

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  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JWCD Press (July 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E4W4984
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julie Dewey is a novelist residing in Central New York with her family. Julie selects book topics that are little known nuggets of U.S. history and sheds light on them so that the reader not only gets an intriguing storyline but learns a little something too.

Julie's daughter is a Nashville crooner and her son is a student. Her husband's blue eyes had her at hello and her motto is, "Life is too short to be Little!"

In addition to reading, researching, and writing, Julie has many hobbies that include jewelry design, decorating, walking her favorite four legged friends, Wells and Hershey, and spending time with her triplet nephews.

Her works include Forgetting Tabitha: the Story of an Orphan Train Rider, The Back Building, One Thousand Porches, The Other Side of the Fence, and Cat (the Livin' Large Series). To follow Julie visit www.juliedewey.com and sign up to get regular updates and reading guides.

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140 of 144 people found the following review helpful By shirley clayton on January 29, 2014
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The book had great potential,I had actually looked forward to reading this. Then the sex,sex,sex with very graphic description and it did not enhance the book in anyway! To think I almost shared this with my young daughter as the title suggested a part of history for America not often discussed. Very disappointed !
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222 of 233 people found the following review helpful By Karna on August 16, 2013
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heard of the orphan trains and was excited to learn more. I enjoyed the first 50% of the book where the system of finding homes for the orphans was explained. Meeting each character in the book brought the personal touch. However, about 50% into the book it took the turn with all the sexual scenes and that just turned me off. I understand prostitution occurred and the sidelines of despair for those involved, but I could have well done without the explicit sexual scenes. I feel the book could have stood alone without such detail. Wouldn't it have been wonderful to be able to recommend this book to anyone over 12 without reservation in order that they see and get a feel for the history involved as well as the story line between each character. Cannot do that and put the images into their minds of the sex scenes, especially the one with the beating and despicable harm to Gert. Withdrawing as my recommendation for my bookclub choice for November.
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220 of 232 people found the following review helpful By Aliz on August 13, 2013
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The contemporary words used; Gestapo, noogie, juvy hall take credibility away from this attempt at historical fiction. Also, much of the dialogue and interactions did not give the feel of the time period.

Suggestion for writing in this period; immerse yourself into the children's literature of the time period in the 19th century.

The graphic sexual aspects of the book could have been written more tastefully to get the same message across. As a result of the content, it is inappropriate for young adults and the serious adult reader. The credible reader knows that children have been sexually exploited in the past, the present, and unfortunately will be in the future - It is a fact of life - The 'way' that it is written in this story, 'fiction' or not; is a turn off for this reader.
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By TeeKay on July 5, 2014
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This book purported to be about a girl who rode the Orphan Train, so I downloaded it. The first several chapters are interesting and deal with the life of a girl who found a new family via the Orphan Train. After that, however, the book starts jumping all over the place, talking about other random characters, and it becomes blatant pornography. Don't even bother reading this book.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Erin Davies on October 7, 2013
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Forgetting Tabitha threw me for a loop. The blurb described a touching portrait of a child's experiences on the orphan train when in truth Julie Dewey's story is a much stronger tale about both the immediate impact and long term repercussions endured by those entrusted to the care of the program.

Far from being a children's story, Forgetting Tabitha touches on some pretty heavy content including, but not limited to, the world's oldest profession. Now I don't much care one way or the other, but I will say I appreciate the courage Dewey exhibits in taking this story where she felt it needed to go and in no way criticize her for driving home the intensity of this awful reality in her narrative.

Similarly, Dewey's description of the Five Points is both bleak and violent. Overcrowded and poor, life in this section of the city was a daily struggle for its inhabitants and here again, I liked that Dewey wasn't intimidated by graphic subject matter or tempted to tone it down to make it more palatable for modern readers.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the sections that focused on the orphan train, but it was the idea that these kids were leaving difficult and dangerous circumstances and weren't always landing on their feet that captured my attention. Some were essentially hired hands, others little more than indentured servants, and while a fair few managed to find loving homes, their lives were often dogged by the shadow of the pasts. I knew the material fairly well going into this piece, but even so, was impressed with Dewey's treatment of it.

When all is said and done, Forgetting Tabitha is not a book to be judged by its cover. Heart-wrenchingly poignant, Tabitha's experiences along with those of the other orphan train riders are highly indicative of the history that inspired Dewey to put pen to paper and create this illuminating story of endurance, fortitude and hope.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bradley on August 1, 2014
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Starts out interesting, but in the middle it becomes a diary of sexual trysts + infidelities, completely losing the original plot. I ended up skipping 1/3 of the book + went to the epilogue. Too bad the story lost its way. It would've been much better had it followed the original plot. Not everyone enjoys reading about sexual exploits.
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96 of 106 people found the following review helpful By HBLB on August 28, 2013
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If zero stars would work that would be my rating I would describe this novel as ponographic Thought it would be a work of historical fiction about the orphan trains; instead just a vehicle for an x-rated "bodice ripper". The "SAMPLE" gives no indication of the kind of work this really is. I read til I realized there was no redeaming value here. Requested a refund for purchase price from Amazon.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Lin on May 19, 2014
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The novel started on a solid note but lost it quickly. The plot became nonsensical and hard to believe. Don't waste your time or money.
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