If you’ve watched the TV series, naturally you’ll want to read this book. And if you read the book, naturally you’re going to love it! The characters become such dear friends and it’s incredibly difficult to put this book down; even after you’ve read the last word. A fantastically told story – enjoy!
Christy Huddleston left home at 19 to teach school in the Smoky Mountains. There she came to know and love the wild mountain people with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, their yearning for beauty and truth. Christy found her faith severely challenged in these primitive surroundings; and, confronted with two young men of unique strengths and needs, she found her own growing yearnings challenged by love.
Towards the end of Chapter 7 (pg 102), it mentions that a “little girl was beaten over and over by her mother’s lover, …brutally raped” and as a result, died the next day. It references it again, later down the page and again two pages later. Chapter 33 is a woman explaining about how a man who came into her Quaker community seduced and raped her. It is detailed and graphic enough that I recommend reading it first in order to determine if you want your children reading it. A few pages into Chapter 35 (pg 396), a doctor comments on the fact that he’s amazed that a grown woman doesn’t know anything about the facts of life/sex, and again references it on pg 401. In Chapter 42 (pg 457), a woman says she was born illegitimately but uses the word “b*st*rd,” and also says she was “an accident conceived in man’s lust.”