Friday, December 1, 2017

Review: Christy by Catherine Marshall


New edition of Catherine Marshall's inspirational classic! 

The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.

But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her - and her one-room school - as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.

Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough?

My Thoughts:

This was the first time I have read Christy, the classic story by author Catherine Marshall. I had seen parts of the miniseries on the television, but reading the actual story was much richer and deeper. You know the saying the book is always better.  Anyway, I was pulled into this story of a young 19 year old girl who decided to follow her dreams and head off to be a school teacher for a missionary organization in the Smokey Mountains. The immense excitement along with the fear of the unknown Christy was feeling leapt off the page. As a mother of a 19 year old daughter, I really empathized with what her parents were probably feeling, so as I read I kept thinking this could be my daughter. So that gave this story a very different feel then if I had read it when I was 19.

I will not rehash the story but I can definitely see why this is a classic. It pulls you in the mountains and the ways that these mountain people lived in contrast with the life that Christy was used too. This was a pioneer lifestyle up in the mountains and a culture shock for a young girl who was drawn to this part of our country to help better the lives of her students.

As far as this copy goes, there is a lovely map of Cutter Gap in the beginning and also a list of characters with a brief description of each. This is also a beautiful hard bound copy of this beloved story and is definitely one for the keeper shelf and to pass down. Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Catherine Marshall (1914-1983), The New York Times best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for her novel Christy. Based on the life of her mother, Christy captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. Catherine shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate, in A Man Called Peter. A decade after Dr. Marshall's untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of Guideposts, forging a dynamic writer-editor partnership. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine's enduring career spanned four decades and reached over 30 million readers.

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