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 equally strong, but different men. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough?
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Author Catherine Marshall based the story of Christy on the life of her mother. 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.
My thoughts: I was an avid reader as a child and still remember picking up my aunt's copy of Christy on her bookshelf. I don't remember the thickness of the book, or how old I was, but I do remember reading the book to the end completely engaged in the characters and the story and feeling slightly disappointed at how the romance ended... it wasn't clear enough or passionate enough to my childish mind. I remember taking the book to my mom, showing her the end, and asking her. Does this mean that she marries _____? And Mom, bless her heart, not having read the book, didn't know. She did read the book after that and bought her own copy so it is on her bookshelves.
I never could get the girls interested in any of Grandma's old books, but when an opportunity to review and promote Christy for the 50th anniversary came open I jumped. It's a classic. My girls NEED to read it. But my fifteen year old got scared off by the thickness and the first person point of view. My twelve year old is a reluctant reader.
So that means I get to read the book out loud to my daughters. And we are, a chapter a day. The girls stop what they are doing, listen to the story and at the end of a chapter beg for another, but i don't have time to read all day long -- and especially not out loud. I caught my reluctant reader picking it up and reading ahead (until she got scared off by some of the old words, and big words). Both girls are falling in love with Christy as I did, and now they want to watch the DVD which is on our shelf, even though I remind them the movie is always different than the book.
They, like I did, are falling in love with the young Christy and are amazed and shocked and humbled by her adventures, struggles, and experiences.
With this new release, Christy is available to a whole new generation of readers and I'm sure they will get as much enjoyment out of it as the original group fifty years ago got.
Grab your copy of Christy now. This will also make a great gift for a reader on your holiday list.
Available for the first time ever in ebook, too!!!
I was given a copy free, all opinions are my own.
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Meet the Author & Publisher
Catherine Marshall is a New York Times best-selling author of 30 books. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine's enduring career spanned four decades and reached more than 30 million readers.
Find out more about Catherine at http://gileadpublishing.
Gilead Publishing is a traditional publisher specializing in author TLC. (Ahem. Time, Love, and Coffee.) They love stories. Period. It's not the biggest. But it will publish someone's favorite books. It will introduce readers to great characters, great friends. Because Gilead isn't a publishing house. It's a home.