A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Published by Harper Collins on October 17 2017
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
Genres: Fiction, General, Religious, Romance, Western
In the year 1912, nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains -- and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.
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Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.
Christian or Secular: Christian
Sex&Violence: Sex(See notes below), Violence (Mild), Murder (Non-Descriptive)
Trigger Warnings: Molestation (Non-Descriptive), Rape (Semi-detailed), A baby dies as a result of a home remedy for being “liver-growed.”
Disclosure: This book explores life in the Great Smoky Mountains in the early 1900s. Some of it is hard to read for people accustomed to modern social and medical expectations. Poor living conditions and the societal norms of the time may be frustrating. However, this book provides an accurate glimpse of the era.
I first read ‘Christy‘ as a young woman of fifteen and I had little appreciation for the book back then. It’s funny how time changes our perspective! As a young woman, I got so caught up in despising the cultural dialect (that I actually still heard from my family) that I couldn’t enjoy the story. Looking back, I’m ashamed that I was so embarrassed by how the older people in my family spoke. As an adult, I appreciate this book for preserving Appalachian history.
I learned to love the simple mountain people right along with Christy. I felt her triumphs and her failures. Catherine Marshall is truly a gifted storyteller.
This book is mountain life, wrapped in paper and ink. The heart of the people and their vibrancy touched my heart in ways I truly didn’t expect. I’m so glad that I decided to re-read this book!
Yes, some of this book will be hard to read and that’s okay! Life isn’t easy. Sometimes life is ugly and heartbreaking and beautiful—all at the same time.
We have come a long way in the United States. For the most part, we know better sanitation and better medicine. Thank God the flu doesn’t kill like it used to and I’ve never heard of anyone checking a baby to see if it is “liver-growed.” But for all the advantage of modern living, we’ve also lost a heritage.
I have already mentioned my embarrassment of how my grandparents spoke. Now I have no grandparents left and I would do anything to hear my grandma yell through the house, “Hey! Git yer butt in here and say howdy, girl!” I’d even settle for her yelling at me to, “Shet th’ door!” I hear the old Appalachia dialect less and less and it makes me sad. This book helps preserve some of that and I can’t wait to share ‘Christy‘ with my children. They need to know their roots and where they came from. I want my children to know that they can sing with all their heart. They can dance. I want them to know that they can let go of the stress of trying to live up to everyone else’s standards.
I would definitely suggest this book to older teens and adults who appreciate historical fiction. These are characters that will worm their way into your heart—maybe even break it. But, they also have beautiful life lessons that they can teach you if you let them.