This is a three-books-in-one volume that includes books 10, 11, and 12 of the Christy Miller series. I've given a review of each story below.
A Time to Cherish
Christy, her friends, and her aunt and uncle take a houseboat vacation to Lake Shasta. She and Todd finally agree to start dating. And while this seems to make their relationship even better, it ruins everything for Katie and Doug, who now feel like third wheels. How is a girl to behave when she has a boyfriend and her best friend doesn't? And when Katie does find Michaelâ€”a guy who isn't a Christianâ€”how is Christy supposed to be a good friend? By telling Katie the truth or by giving her the freedom to crash and burn? Christy doesn't know.
This was a great story. After so much time that Christy had patiently waited for Todd, I was thrilled that they were finally together. But I could feel her pain with the situation with Katie. When our dear friends are in relationships that are destructive, it's hard to know what to do or say. With Todd's nearly always perfect advice, Christy learned how to love her friend no matter what.
In this story, Katie breaks up with Michael, and Christy tries to learn how to cope with someone who is constantly depressed. It seems like everything she does to try and help Katie is the wrong thing to do.
This book was one of my favorites! And it was so bittersweet. Christy learned from Katie's pain and was obedient to God, and it was beautiful! And sad. I cried, I admit it. But I have hope for the future.
A Promise is Forever
This book fast-forwards a year. Christy is halfway through her freshman year in college. She, Doug, Tracy, and Katie travel to London for a mission trip. Christy is searching for a calling, to discover what she should do with her life. What she finds instead is total trust in God.
This book was another one of my favorites, though I have to admit, I was getting pretty grouchy alongside Christy when I realized what was happening with Doug. Still, this book was a beautiful example of how weâ€”with our selfish emotionsâ€”need to get out of the way and let God work. I almost cheered out loud when I got to the end. You just have to read these books yourself to see what I mean.
I very highly recommend this entire series for girls ages 12 and up. I adore these books. Christy is a lovely example of a Christian teen, who struggles with almost everything you can imagine. There is no better set of books out there to help young girls prepare for life. I will be putting this entire series in the church library. Someday, my little girl will read them. And while I wait for my girl to grow, I will go read Christy and Todd: the College Years.
I read this series when I was in middle and high school. Each book made me laugh and cry with the characters. I loaned my books (then sold individually) to someone and never received them back, so I purchased these to replace them. Any mother with a teenage daughter should consider buying these books. They are spiritually sound and deal with tough subject matter, but always with a victorious ending. I am now a pastor's wife and bought these books specifically to loan out to the youth ladies at our church. I can't stress enough how good these will are for young ladies! Worth the investment, but I still miss the individual books. The art work was beautiful.