Christy book review

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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?


I took a little trip down memory lane with this book!  Not because I had ever read it before (I had not) and not because I ever remember anyone else reading it to me (I don’t), but because the Kelli Martin TV miniseries is engrained in my memory whenever I hear the title “Christy”.  I couldn’t help myself – I even Youtube-d a few of the episodes and was reacquainted with the characters as I was reading through the book.  I don’t know if it’s because of Catherine Marshall’s amazing writing ability or the fact that my first exposure to the story was through TV, but the book read like a movie.  I was there.  I was Christy, navigating this place that while not that far away from home was like another world and the people with their own unique traditions and ways of doing things and yet with a strong sense of love and community.

Sometimes, I am reluctant about reading books when I’ve seen the movie, or about seeing the movie if I’ve read the books because one or the other almost always disappoints.  However, this is a story I believe is just right either way you’re first exposed to it, and while of course the made-for-TV version isn’t entirely accurate, it is remarkably accurate in its portrayal of the characters, and I really enjoyed reading the book even more because of that.

This is such a classic, and if you haven’t read it as I hadn’t before now, add this to your TBR pile right away!  No excuses! (The larger format of this edition makes it a breeze to read, also).

Learn more, get a free map of Cutter Gap, and purchase a copy. 

[As a Litfuse blogger, a copy was sent for review purposes.  But true to all my reviews, the opinions are my own truthful thoughts]

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