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BOOK REVIEW: In the Palace of The Great King: a Catholic Novel by Julie Ash

Updated: Nov 9, 2021


Earlier in the year Ms. Julie Ash contacted me through this blog and asked if I would read and review her new book, In the Palace of the Great King: a Catholic Novel.

In the Palace of the Great King is an engaging, prayer-provoking, and truly beautiful read for the young Church. I thoroughly enjoyed every word of it. I would see it as an especially good book for young women discerning a Vocation to the Religious Life, although I'm sure it will be loved by all who read it.

The book details the lives of two young women on their search for truth, meaning, and happiness. Their paths intersect in an unexpected way, and it alters their lives forever. (read more in the description below from Amazon)

You can see the official website page for the book here. Please leave Ms.Ash a review, if you'd like!

The novel is currently available in E-book format through Amazon at this link:

Hard copies of the novel are available now wherever books are sold!

If you read this beautiful novel, please let me know what you thought of it in the comments section below (You're going to have to scroll down quite a bit to find the comments section. Long post. Sorry!) and I will share your praise for the book with Ms. Ash. Please share this post with your friends so we can spread the word about this beautiful Catholic literary work.

*Note: I am not monetarily profiting in any way from writing this blog post or providing these links, however, this book was a wonderful use of my time, and I greatly profited from it in that sense of things :-)

Here is the synopsis of the book (along with some reviews, including mine!) from Amazon:

The devil doesn’t care how much money your parents make. All that matters is that you keep your mind on anything and everything but God.

In the Palace of the Great King (348 pages) by debut author Julie Ash reveals how two teens from totally different backgrounds respond to the call to conversion and contemplative religious life in the midst of an often hostile secular culture and a Church in crisis.

“Julie Ash crafts an iconic tale of demons, angels, beliefs, and the reality of what it means to give one's life to God.” D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“What if Heaven is everything they say it is? What if it’s this wonderful place where you can have everything you ever wanted and be happy forever? And nobody told us?”

Lonely 14-year-old Char Fisher isn’t as popular as her beautiful younger sister, Kayla. Jealously they bicker and argue. Then a family trip to Cleveland changes everything when their mother has a major meltdown over a pro-life protester.

After her beloved Abuelita Isabel dies, 17-year-old Tia Esperanza gets uprooted from her childhood home in San Antonio when her mother decides to move them all to Cleveland. Now, they’re closer to Tia’s father, but things aren’t exactly working out. She’ll be graduating soon, and then what? She’s so busy working and helping take care of her special needs brother while her mother works nights that she doesn’t have time to think about anything else.
Char and Tia come from totally different worlds, but when a chance bus ride in a terrifying storm throws them all together in Holy Angels Monastery, something beautiful emerges that even Tia with her Catholic upbringing couldn’t have expected.
This true-to-life young adult novel by Julie Ash is packed with gripping adventure, heartwarming humor, and a stunning conclusion that you won’t see coming!

"In the Palace of the Great King is an engaging, prayer-provoking, and truly beautiful read... I thoroughly enjoyed every word of it." “Catholic Teen,” Catholic Teen Life

"I was astounded by how well-written and enthralling this book was, and it is now one of my favorites."
Grace Donahue, A Catholic Girl Reads

Again, I encourage you to purchase and read this wonderful novel for Catholic Teens! I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Thank you to Ms. Julie Ash for writing such beautiful work of literature!


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Thank you so much for this great review! I am truly grateful that I found your blog when I was searching for a teen reviewer. I can't wait to hear what your readers think about my novel! I invite you all to visit my website at to see locations and characters depicted in the book. You can also sign up to receive notifications of blog posts and submit comments and prayer requests. I look forward to getting to know you! ❤️ Julie Ash, obl. OSB

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