In the year 1912, 19-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. And don't miss another heart-soaring best seller from Catherine Marshall: Julie.
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"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." (Amazon.com review)
This is a wonderful story - based on Catherine Marshall's mothers life - you feel you are there in those mountains living life alongside Christy. I read the book many years ago and this audio of the story was excellent. Highly recommend it.
If you loved the TV series, you'll love the novel. Although the ending is very disappointing, which is the only reason I didn't give this five stars, the audiobook begins with a interview with the author's son that explains how the story is based on the true story of his grandmother. He also explains that the ending of the novel is not exactly based on the true story, but was changed to surprise the reader on purpose. Knowing that made it better. If the author had stuck to the her mother's true story, it would have made for a happier ending. Other than that, the story of Christy and her Mountain People is charming and entertaining. That fact that Kelly Martain reads it, who played Christy on the hit TV show, only makes it that much better. She get's the accents of the characters down so well, you feel like you are taken to the Mountains of Tennessee. Kelly's voice telling this story, really pulls at your heartstrings. It was worth the download!
I have read this book about 4 times since I was a teenager. Now I'm in my fifties and I love it just as much as the first time I read it. Listening to the story is even better. You feel as if you are really there with Christy as she lived that time in her life. It is a very compassionate and loving story revealing the way of life in the appalachian mountains in the early 1900's. It is a very enjoyable and spiritual Christian story that takes you through many emotions as felt by Christy and the other individuals she meets in the story.
I love Christy for her youthfulness, excitement, vision, eagerness, vitality, innocence, and bravery.
Kellie Martin's narration of this book is terrific! I remember her when she played Christy on television and she played the role very believably. Her voice was very clear and it was very easy to follow the story and to distinguish the difference in each character. She was able to create the emotions felt by each character.
When you read this book you experience various emotions, including: love, hate, disgust, admiration, compassion, etc. It is very difficult to put the book down and I was sad to have the story end. I wanted to go on and on finding out what else was happening to and around Christy.
I recommend this book to everyone! A one time read is not enough. It's an enjoyable story for teenagers through older adults.
I loved the characters. The narrator was perfect for the story. I laughed, had tears, it was great!
Her betrayal of all the characters was second to none! OUTSTANDING!
I enjoyed most all moments of the book.I loved how she interacted with the children, how she eventually fit in with the women and learned the mountain folk ways.
This is a timeless, encouraging story that I have always loved. I wondered about the reader since I am not a fan of hers but she did justice to the book, to the story and the characters. I was there, in the area with her, seeing the people, the landscape and beauty.
I love the Christy story. Have enjoyed the TV/ movie series and thought it was brilliant to bring Kellie Martin in to narrate, who was the original Christy on screen. Could not say a bad thing about this collection. Wish there were more.
This was very enjoyable on a long road trip! It made it even better that the voice reading it was "Christy!" :o)
This was a compelling and inspirational book. The author was convincing in making one believe that there are individuals that are courageous and determined enough to follow through with their convictions.
One of the best stories I have heard in a very long time. Very well written. I did not want it to end.
The end was beautiful.
Up at the top, found it very easy to listen to.
An interesting setting and well told, easy to follow. A great insite into the hardships of people living in this area.
"Christy (unabridged) by Catherine Marshall"
This book was very well written and well read. I enjoyed it but most of the story was based on Religion
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