November 30, 2017

Classic Reads: Christy by Catherine Marshall


Evergreen Farm; 514 pages; Buy Link; Blog Tour
There's a long list of classic novels that I've always wanted to read (I even own a few of these titles.), but for some reason or another, I've never gotten around to actually reading them. One of these titles is Christy by Catherine Marshall. I recall watching a few episodes for the short-lived television series based on the book during the mid-'1990s, and I've always wanted to read the book. I finally got the opportunity to read the novel when I signed up to review the new hardcover edition from Evergreen Farm (an imprint of Gilead Publication).

The novel centers on an nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston, who leaves her home in Asheville, North Carolina and travels to the Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap in the eastern Tennessee to teach children as part of the Appalachian mission program.

Upon arriving, she quickly realizes that the way of life there is completely different than from back home in North Carolina. She befriends a Quaker named Alice Henderson, David Grantland, a minister who's also trying to teach the Cutter Gap children, and a widowed physician Neill MacNeill, who was married to Alice's late daughter.

While working with the children of Cutter Gap, Christy's faith is put the ultimate test!

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Final Thoughts


I wasn't aware Christy was inspired by the work of the author's mother, Leonora Whitaker, who taught children in the Appalachian region, until I began reading the novel. The photo on the cover art is a picture of Leonora Whitaker that was taken in 1910. 

I've been wanting to read this book for years, and now after reading it, I wished I had read the book a long time ago. It's beautifully written with deeply rich characters and lively dialogue. The descriptions of what life was like in East Tennessee in the early 1900s are wonderfully written; somewhat reminding me of the way Janice Holt Giles (1905-1979) wrote her novels. 

Overall, I enjoyed reading Christy by Catherine Marshall. The new hardback edition is put together really well. It would make great gift for any reader this holiday season!



*Note - I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All 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.

Find out more about Catherine at http://gileadpublishing.com/christy/.

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