Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway - Christy by Catherine Marshall

Book Synopsis
Some stories are evergreen, their themes and lessons standing the test of time and connecting with readers generation after generation. Reconnect with Catherine Marshall's beloved Christy as it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new edition! 

As nineteen-year-old teacher Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home of Cutter Gap, 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?

My Review
All readers have comfort books that they love and return to again and again.  Christy is one of those books for me.  I received a copy of this book from my parents long ago as a gift.  I was a young teen, and I read it over and over during my teen years.  When I heard that Christy was being re-released on its 50th anniversary, I was eager to re-read this favorite book again.

Christy tells the story of a young schoolteacher who leaves her home in Asheville, North Carolina to travel to the small mountain community of Cutter Gap.  There she teaches in a one room school, despite struggles from community members.  She also meets two very different men who interest her.  The book was inspired by Catherine Marshall's mother, Leonora Whitaker.

I love what the Marshall and LeSourd families write in the Forward to this book:

"The story of Christy ultimately presents this challenge:  Do I have the courage, the hope and the faith to step into my future - no matter where in the world that takes me?" (p. 14).  This is a lovely insight to the heart of this novel.

It was a delight to re-read this novel again after many years, and to visit Christy and the people of Cutter Gap.  Catherine Marshall was a gifted writer who especially excelled at creating a strong sense of place and vivid characters.  

This edition is lovely, and I especially liked the list of Characters and the two page map of Cutter Gap, Tennessee.  I think other readers will also find these book tools helpful as they read this long, rewarding novel.

I cannot recommend Christy highly enough for anyone who loves historical fiction, Christian fiction, or novels with strong and inspiring female characters.

Celebrate the new 50th anniversary edition of Christy by entering to win one of TWO $50 Visa cash cards (details below) and by attending a Facebook Live party on December 5!

TWO grand prize winners will receive:
  • One copy of Christy
  • One $50 Visa Cash Card
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 5. The winner will be announced at the Christy Facebook Live Party. RSVP for a chance to connect with authors who've been impacted by Christy and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway and Facebook Live party via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 5th!

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse.

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