The Proposal

Reviewed by: Alyssa Roat, a Professional Writing major at Taylor University



Title: The Proposal

Author: Catherine Marshall, adapted by C. Archer

Publisher: Evergreen Farm

Publication Date: 1995, 2018

Format: Print book

Length: 105 pages


In 1912, 19-year-old Christy Huddleston sets off from her comfortable home in Asheville to teach the poor children of the Smoky Mountains.

Based on Catherine Marshall’s bestselling novel Christy, this is the fifth installment in the Christy of Cutter Gap series.

What began as a simple lesson in horse jumping ends in a terrible riding accident. Rendered blind, Christy faces an uncertain future. However, she is determined to continue teaching.

Teaching sixty-plus students is hard enough with sight, let alone without. Things get worse when Mrs. Grantland, the mother of Christy’s fiancé, David, arrives. Mrs. Grantland already disapproves of the mountains, and she disapproves of a blind wife for her son even more. But does Christy even want to marry David?

This short book is easy to read in a sitting or two, perfect for those pressed for time who still want to read an entertaining story. The book is reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie or When Calls the Heart. However, there doesn’t seem to be enough buildup to make romantic relationships believable, and this book seems to be especially trite, even for this series, when dealing with the moral lessons derived from the story. This may prove especially difficult to swallow for those who have experienced the greater depth of the original Christy. Nevertheless, for those who haven’t read the original, this is a cozy book to read in an evening.


Rating (1 to 5)

3 out of 5 stars

Suggested Audience

This will appeal to those who enjoy cozy historical fiction.

Christian Impact

The story explores aspects of ministry and missions. This book especially focuses on humility and leaning on others for help.



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The Proposal

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