Monday, December 4, 2017

Christy 50th Anniversary by Catherine Marshall

Christy (50th Anniversary Edition) (Evergreen Farm, October 2017)
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?
Catherine Marshall


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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My take:  I really enjoyed this book and I liked the tv series.  I listened to the audio book a few years ago and was expecting more from Kellie Martin (who played Christy in the tv show).  This was the 50th anniversary edition of the book and I found that I enjoyed it as much reading it this time as I did the first time I read it.  This book is set in the Smoky Mountains with Christy going to the very poor community of Cutter Gap to teach school.  The people of Cutter Gap are very superstitious and believe in home remedies even though they will often times result in death.  They don't take kindly to Christy or the mission that she is associated with coming in and teach other things.  I would highly recommend if you like historical fiction.

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.   

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