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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380001411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380001415
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

When Christy Huddleston leaves a life of privilege and ease to teach in the impoverished Smokey Mountains, her faith is severely tested by her pupils, the love of two men, and the curious customs of the mountain people in her community. Yet she grows to love these people and the simple, fulfilling lifestyle to be found in the heart of God's country. First released in 1967, Christy is based on the life of author Catherine Marshall's mother and was the inspiration for the recent television series of the same name. Beautifully told, this is a charming, timeless tale of love and faith that will appeal to romance readers of all ages. --Maudeen Wachsmith


“Deeply moving...filled with suspense adventure, humor, and even comedy.” (Pasadena Star News)

“Wonderful...an epic novel”. (Dallas Times Herald)

“An affirmation of faith... A clear impression of the proud Scotch-Irish mountaineers and their harsh, lonely lives.” (Library Journal)

“A powerfully moving book of great depth.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

“It has something that keeps the reader reading…Relevant and heart-opening…Rich, dramatic.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

“An inspiring story. With skill, Catherine Marshall has described human qualities common to all people everywhere.” (Boston Globe)

“A novel of celebration…wholesome, inspiring…Enjoyable reading.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Customer Reviews

Christy's growing faith in God, optimism, and love for nature is that contagious.
Margaret Clearmont
I don't re-read books often, but this one is so good, it is hard not to pick it up and read "just one more time".
I read this book when it was first published, even before the TV series, which I also enjoyed!
J. Monaghan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on October 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Christy" is the story of 19 year old Christy Huddleston who is in search for something to fill her soul and give her a purpose in life. So volunteering to teach in a mission school, Christy journeys to the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, more specifically the area of Cutter Gap. Along with her, the other missions workers are a Quaker woman whom Christy looks up to Miss Alice Henderson, the handsome and charming Reverend David Grantland, and the reverend's spinster and dour sister, Ida Grantland. As she begins to get used to living in the primitive surroundings, her heart reaches out the highlanders, especially to the children. Another person Christy begins to bond with is Doctor Neil MacNeil who has a strong desire to help his people. And as Christy struggles through hardships and heartache, joy and victories, she learns to have faith that God will take care of each and every one of them through good times and bad times.
"Christy" was written by Catherine Marshall in 1967. The book is under the category of 'fiction', but in actuality Catherine Marshall had written the story based on her mother, Christy's, life. An extremely uplifting and spiritually filling book, "Christy" is sure to please both young adults and adults.
The characters in the story are what really draw you into the book, making it a turn pager not in the sense that it's suspenseful, but in that you just want to read more and more about the characters. Christy Huddleston has all of the qualities of a young woman, intelligent, charming, yet a bit innocent. She also has a very curious mind and is always pondering about life and God's mysterious ways. Miss Alice Henderson is so well described you can just picture in your mind her 'queenly stature and beautiful poise'.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Emma Caroline on January 29, 2000
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While reading Christy, I couldn't help but wish I could be as bold and courageous as this nineteen-year-old missionary teacher. Christy, a young woman beginning her journey in faith as she moves from a well-respected town into a mountainous chaos, has always felt she was more than just a nice dress at fancy tea parties, and proves herself true in this inspirational story. Defying her parent's wishes, Christy leaves her home and moves to Cutter Gap, a crude community in which the children are in deep need to learn. The people of Cutter Gap are extremely proud of their heritage and wonder about this new woman from the city coming to teach their children. Ms. Alice Henderson, a woman who helps with the mission, is Christy's inspiration to keep going even when she believes failure has beaten her. David Grantland, the preacher of the town, is immediately drawn to Christy's courage and independence. Dr. McNeil, the only doctor in the community, is also drawn to Christy and the light that shines through her as she finally becomes an accepted part of Cutter Gap. As she teaches a classroom full of encouraging young faces, she also learns herself that you have to keep trying and never give up on your dreams. When tragedy hits her with all its might, the love for one man will bring her back to the world, to him. This tale of courage and love will pull at your heart!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cat on January 15, 2004
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I read Christy when I was in fourth grade. Even so young, I think enough of
my personality had formed to enable me to recognize myself in her. I
had the same relentless desire to fight injustice, and, like Christy, I
sometimes went about it the wrong way (such as arguing with my teachers,
parents, and principals:)). Fervor is difficult to reason with. I am now
nineteen years old, the same age as Christy was when she left Ashville. I
have recently picked up the book and reread it, and I am astonished to
find all my feelings and thoughts perfectly mirrored in those incredible
pages. True, I am not a teacher in the Smoky Mountains. Instead, I am a
philosophy major attending college. But the story always seemed to me to
be about the elemental feelings and changes in Christy, not merely about
what happened to her. Millions of different circumstances play out in the
millions of different lives every day. But there is unity in humankind's
response to a situation. My best friend has never died, but I've known
sorrow. I don't battle moonshiners, but I've known struggles. I've never
seen the Smoky Mountains in the morning, but I've known joy. I've never
sewn buttons onto a little girl's coat, but I've known growth. When I read
Christy, I don't focus on the events that changed her. I find my greatest
bond to the book to be those very human feelings Christy experiences,
those very human feelings that we all share. All the emotions I
experience when taking in the events of my life, I find echoed back to me
through Christy. And that is why it is the story I will always return to.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cris44 on December 13, 2003
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Christy Huddleston has always enjoyed the life of the privledged in her home in 1911 Asheville, North Carolina. She enjoyed the best medical care, and education, while, only a few miles away many suffer in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.
Christy, a nineteen-year-old girl, is swept up by the voice of Dr. Ferrand in her church. He asks (he will never beg) individuals to volunteer their time and help teach in these foresaken nooks of her country. Wanting to make something of her life, and not having many options to do so in the presuffrage days, she volunteers against the wishes of her freidns and family. Months later, she finds herself in Cutter Gap, a beautiful but destitute cove in the mountains.
Here, she encounters poverty like she has never seen before. Barely able to deal with it, Miss Alice, a quaker missionary, David Grantland, a young minister, and Ida Grantland, David's possesive sister and an unlikely friend, help her adapt to her job teaching 67 uneducated, unruly, students of all ages.
However, Christy perserveres and helps begin to rid the mountains of feuding (the killing kind, bad sanitary habits that lead to desease (i.e. typhoid), dangerous superstition, and moonshining. This is all done while she creates delicate friendships with some of the mountains most intresting and unique characters including the beautiful and queenly Fairlight Spencer, and learns some dark secrets of Miss Alice's Doc MacNeil (a mountain man) and other's past.
Those who enjoy adventure, suspence, courage, hope, and much more would greatly enjoy this novel. The character development is amazing and the characters, all of whom are unique and three dementional, come to life. You will find yourself crying at their failures and laughing at their triumphs.
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