The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.
But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, 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.
Confession, I had never read this book before now! My only knowledge of this story was the television series that aired when I was younger. I remember really enjoying that show and even though I was a big reader, I never really thought about the book it was based on. First things first, this book is longer than my usual read. 500-ish pages to give a rough estimate. Catherine Marshall’s writing is super descriptive. Her writing creates an atmosphere and the feeling of what’s happening in a scene for the reader. I think that this book is extremely well written and it is no surprise to me that is is well known, beloved, and has stood the test of time. The struggles and the poverty of the mountain people Christy encounters is just poured into each page of this book. This book uniquely shares life’s struggles, heartaches, questions, and joys in spite of difficult circumstances. This book shows Christy finding her purpose in the midst of very difficult and heartbreaking conditions of life in Cutter Gap. I loved the transformation she goes through spiritually to find her trust and assurance in God and His Word. The heart of this book is the stories of the people and how they impact Christy and her time in Cutter Gap. Not the biggest fan of this cover, but if you peek under the book flap there is a beautiful hardback with gold lettering that is stunning!
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*I was given a free copy of this book to provide an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.