In the Palace of the Great King: a Catholic Novel

In the Palace of the Great King: a Catholic Novel

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

In the Palace of the Great King: a Catholic Novel

by Julie Ash



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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 Abuelíta 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 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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940165681691
Publisher: Verbum Bonum Books
Publication date: 09/09/2021
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: eBook
File size: 471 KB

About the Author

Julie Ash is a graduate of Montana State University. A native of Southern California, Julie is a Benedictine oblate of Clear Creek Abbey and resides in Oklahoma within earshot of the Abbey bells. In the Palace of the Great King is her first, and most likely will be her last, novel. (Then again, one never knows.) Please visit her website at

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