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 fell in love with this book quite a few years ago. I would guess it's now been 15 years or so. My grandmother let me borrow her copy, which was the old one with the red cover. After loving the story and giving back her copy, I was thrilled to discover a copy in a used book store. It looked exactly the same. I put that lovely red covered copy on my shelf.
As much as I love old books, sometimes it nice to hold a newer version in your hands. Plus, I'm just thrilled that it's being published again in a lovely hardcover version, making it easier to get into hands. This version does have a different cover, the print is just the tiniest bit bigger, and the book is a bit bigger, in general. The pages are whiter than my old yellowed copy, and it's easier on my eyes to read, overall. The content is the same as my old red covered one, though, which was published back in 1967, except with an added foreword from the Marshall and LeSourd families. It has the same map, prologue, acknowledgements, and of course, the same story. They mainly just spruced up the package. If you take off the dust jacket, they even kept the cover a reddish color(though it leans more towards an orange-ish red). On the back of the dust jacket, there's a large picture of Catherine Marshall.
All that is just for those that are already fans of Christy, and might want to know if it's worth adding to your collection.
For those of you that haven't read Christy, you really must! It's a lovely story that is definitely worth your reading time. It takes place in the Great Smokey Mountains, during 1912. It tells the story of Christy, fictionally based on Marshall's mother. At only 19, she takes on the task of teaching children living in great poverty. Marshall has a beautiful way of writing, and this story completely has my reading heart. Since it's been so long ago since the first time I'd read it, I knew there would be lots that I wouldn't remember within the story, but I've been blown away by just how much I'd forgot. I never forgot the ending, though. It stuck with me through all these years.
All of that to say, definitely grab a copy of this book! I can't imagine you'd regret it.
*I was given a free copy of this book.