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Soon after the break of day, Bump will become Millie's husband. And then, if all goes as planned, they will leave the rain-soaked fields of Mississippi and head for the wilds of the Colorado Rockies. As Millie tries to forget a dark secret, she hasn't yet realized how drastically those past experiences will impact the coming days.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Unexpectedly BrilliantJuly 26, 2016IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I admit it: I didnt read Julie Cantrells award-winning debut novel, Into the Free, mostly because there were faults in the review copy I downloaded which rendered it unreadable (my copy was missing all the cs and all the hs, which meant there would be references to a fres at of fis instead of a fresh catch of fish. Its hard to get into a novel when you find yourself having to sound out words like a six-year-old.
I also didnt request the sequel to Into the Free when it released the following year, because I tend not to enjoy sequels if I havent read the first book in the series. So why did I request When Mountains Move which is that same sequel, only from a new publisher? Because I somehow missed the fact it was a book I elected not to read two years ago, but requested on the strength of the good things Id heard about the authors writing.
And they are all true. Even though When Mountains Move is a sequel, its not necessary to have read Into the Free in order to understand or appreciate this.
When Mountains Move is not an easy read: it starts with Millie, our heroine, having a dream/flashback to her rape six weeks earlier. Shes now marrying Bump (Kenneth Anderson, and thats probably the only thing I never understood: where he got such a ridiculous nickname), and they are leaving Mississippi for Colorado, where Bump has a job managing a run-down ranch.
While the ranch is the main setting, ranch life isnt the core of the plot or theme. Rather, the story is about Millie coping with the attack and the after affects, and the strain this puts on her marriage. Its a story of love and trust and mistrust, the story of a marriage, and its riveting.
The novel is told entirely in first person present tense from Millies point of view, which is an interesting literary choice for a historical novelmost tend to be third person and past tense. First person seems to be reserved for young adult and new adult novels, and in a way that fits: When Mountains Move is an extension of the coming of age novel, and seventeen-year-old Millie is certainly in the right age bracket to attract YA/NA readers.
I like first person because gives us a deep insight into Millie and her problems. It also demonstrates the strength of Cantrells writing in that I still understood a lot of Bumps thoughts and problems, even when Millie seemed not to.
I get that the combination of an edgy topic and first person writing wont appeal to everyone. But if you can get past thatas I didIm sure youll find When Mountains Move to be excellent. Even if you havent read Into the Free.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing a free ebook for review.
Dewfall4 Stars Out Of 5Pleasurable ReadJuly 19, 2016DewfallQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It is 1943, and at only 17, Millie is a young bride of a first-time rancher in the stunning, rugged, and wild state of Colorado. She has moved here with her new love from Mississippi to follow their dream of raising beef cattle and stock horses on land that hasnt been tended for decades. As the couple settles in to a dilapidated house and meet their wary neighbors in the books opening chapters, the reader instinctively knows that more than physical challenges lie ahead.
Cantrell weaves her tale with ease and candor, showing a clear understanding of how difficult it can be for loved ones to communicate with one another when they try to hide painful secrets. But for young Millie, hope arrives in the form of her Choctaw grandmother Oka.
Oka teaches Millie about real Truth: how to embrace life in the present, and to see that pain and suffering from ones past can be transformed into something new, different, and altogether beautiful. She also shows Millie that Love is the great unifier and healer of wounds both in marriage, and in a community. As she explains so poignantly, in her manner of speaking which does not include certain verbs, Who you fight for? Who you die for? Who you risk everything for? You choose. (p. 25)
While the beginning of the novel moved a bit slowly, and I found Millies husbands name - Bump - distracting and unexplained, I was hooked and compelled to finish by mid-way through. The ending satisfied my faith that we reap what we sow, and at the same time, created enough space to show that redemption is possible for everyone, even unto the last breath. I would recommend this book as a pleasurable read, and hope to enjoy more work by Julie Cantrell.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Deb4 Stars Out Of 5Great, great story with lovable characters, could not put it downJune 14, 2016DebQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This poor couple, not only did they have just the usual first year of marriage problems, they had everything else you could think of thrown at them. These were the days that I would not have wanted to live in. No electricity, no indoor plumbing, no, I like the necessities of life.
The story was good and I really got into it. It was very touching and deep in so many ways. When Bump and Millie move to Colorado out in the middle of nowhere, that is where things are good and bad for them. This was really an entertaining story that kept me glued to the pages. I think there was an overabundance of praying going on, however, I guess I would have been doing the same thing if I were in their shoes. I just can't say enough how much I enjoyed the story and how well it was written. I know I am being redundant, but it seriously was that good.
I want to thank Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book by providing me a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful SequelApril 23, 2014kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Mountains Move seamlessly continues Millie's story. Like Into the Free, the book is deeply touching, and I can't recommend it highly enough!
JeanWest Palm Beach, FLAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Book 2 in a SeriesMarch 7, 2014JeanWest Palm Beach, FLAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a wonderful read!!! I can't believe that this book was sitting around waiting to be read when it was such a riveting, thoroughly enjoyable experience!
I received this book, along with the first one, "Into the Free", from the author, with the hope that I would write an honest review. What a pleasure that is for me. I couldn't grade it any higher, but, if there were more stars, I would use them. I didn't think a book could top the New York Times Bestseller that was Book 1, but this one certainly equaled it!
The life that Millicent (Millie) lived, is not one with which I could relate, but this author provided such insight into the details of all that this character went through, that the reader is transported into that time and those events. I would sit down and say that I was only going to read one or two chapters, and, because so many unbelievably traumatic events would occur in each chapter, that I would immediately turn the page to begin the next chapter to see what happens, thus, it would be six or seven chapters before I can pull myself away, and even that was difficult! I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this series. I was not disappointed this book, even though it was not listed as a NYT Bestseller, as was Book #1. It really held up to the reputation of the first book, and held my interest throughout. I really think that it is especially important in this series to read Book 1 first. In some series, a reader is able to read a series book out of order, but, "Into the Free" offers so much detailed happenings to Millie, that makes When Mountains Move so much more enjoyable.
I would WHOLEHEARTEDLY recommend this book (and I have) to my reading friends and anyone else who will listen (smile).