Monday, December 4, 2017

"Christy" - Catherine Marshall

Pages: 512
Publisher: Evergreen Farm, 50th Anniversary Edition
Pub Date: October 17, 2017

From the publisher...

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 is easily, hands down, one of my all-time favorite books!  It's actually one of the two that I like to re-read every few years.  

"Christy" is a story of real life in a land that is hard.  The terrain is rough, unfinished and unpolished.  The characters are rougher, unrefined and uneducated.  But from the very beginning, Marshall writes in a way that draws the reader in, inviting them to stay and share a story or two.

The imagery from the authors writing brings vivid scenes to mind, it's as if the characters are neighbors I've grown up with, right there in Cutter Gap.  The shacks and the mission, the school house and the church, they are all right there in my back yard just begging for a visit.  

The publisher even offers a downloadable map of Cutter Gap and a trailer to view on their website.  How  fun!  

**I give this book 5 stars and definitely recommend purchasing this special 50th anniversary edition**

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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