In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original release, Catherine Marshall’s Christy is being introduced to an entirely new generation. A fictional account of her mother’s real experiences, the book is a thought-provoking read.

How does a 19 year affluent, educated young woman from Ashville, North Carolina adjust to life in the mountains of Tennessee where not only are basic conveniences such as indoor plumbing and electricity lacking, but personal hygiene and social norms are nonexistent.

Join Christy on her journey into a world unlike anything she’s ever known.  As the new schoolteacher, how can she ever begin to meet the children’s education needs when they don’t even have shoes on their feet?

Christy’s fire and passion, tempered by the gentle guidance of her Quaker mentor Miss Alice, help forge a bridge into the hearts and minds of the Cutter Gap community leaving both better for having been yoked.

After 503 pages of gorgeous, tranquil scenery and intriguing characters, the ending is somewhat abrupt. It leaves many unanswered questions, like how long did Christy remain in Cutter Gap?  Did any of her students go on to college?  Did she marry?

Nonetheless, readers will find Christy’s experiences with the mountain people eye-opening and moving.  By the final pages, the stories of Bird’s-Eye Taylor, Fairlight Spencer, and Dr. MacNeil are sure to capture your heart.

***In exchange for this review, a complimentary copy of the book was provided by the publisher.

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