Throwback Thursday (June 14) – Christy

Welcome to Throwback Thursday, a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books!

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

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Thanks for participating, and we look forward to seeing which books you choose to remember!

My Throwback this week is…

Christy by Catherine Marshall.

I first read this book when the TV show aired in while I was in high school. It is the story of Christy Huddleston, a 19-year-old schoolteacher determined to make a difference in the lives of the children living in the rustic Appalachian village of Cutter Gap in 1912. As she struggles to educate the children, her work impacts the entire community as she battles their superstitions, primitive practices, and prejudices. Meanwhile, her heart is torn between two suitors: the dashing young preacher, and the reserved town doctor.

I have to admit, I loved this series when it aired, and when I found out it was based on a book (which, as a bit of trivia, is based on the life of Catherine Marshall’s mother), I knew I had to read it. The story is sweet, inspiring, frustrating, and romantic (it seems the love triangle was popular even in 1967). Catherine Marshall’s descriptions of Cutter Gap are vivid, and the variety of characters that inhabit the village range from humorous to heartbreaking.

While I loved reading about Christy’s attempts to bring education and civilization to Cutter Gap, my favorite part of this story was the love triangle (something that is normally my least favorite part of a book). I loved both the passionate preacher David Grantland and the solemn Dr. Neill MacNeill, and I found myself nearly as torn as Christy between them. (I won’t tell you who she chooses, but as an additional bit of trivia, in real life, Catherine Marshall’s mother chose the other guy!)

Christy is a sweet and beautiful story of faith, friendship, hope and love. I’d recommend it any time you want to feel warm, fluffy feelings.

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