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Into the Free, a New York Times Bestseller, by Julie Cantrell
Can you really choose to live your life on your terms despite what others do to you? Millie Reynolds has survived a horrific childhood, repeatedly watching her father beat her mother. She struggles to believe in goodness and in a God of love. And eventually she learns who she can trust. Along the long journey, she discovers who she is…and how to move into the free.
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Love's Betrayal: Also Includes Bonus Story of Faithful Traitor by Jill StenglDiAnn Mills, Jill StenglBarbour Books / 2016 / Trade Paperback$8.19 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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Millie is just a girl. But shes the only one strong enough to break the family cycle.
In Depression-era Mississippi, Millie Reynolds longs to escape the madness that marks her world. With an abusive father and a "nothing mama," she struggles to find a place where she really belongs. For answers,
Millie turns to the Gypsies who caravan through town each spring. The travelers lead Millie to a key that unlocks generations of shocking family secrets. When tragedy strikes, the mysterious contents of the box give Millie the tools she needs to break her familys longstanding cycle of madness and abuse. Through it all, Millie experiences the thrill of first love while fighting to trust the God she believes has abandoned her. With the power of forgiveness, can Millie finally make her way into the free?
Saturated in Southern ambiance and written in the vein of other Southern literary bestsellers like The Help by Kathryn Stockett and CrookedLetter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, Julie Cantrell has created Into theFreenow a New York Times bestsellera story that will sweep you away long after the novel ends.
Julie Cantrell is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Into the Free, the 2013 Christy Award winning Book of the Year and recipient of the Mississippi Library Associations Fiction Award. Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship. Her second novel, When Mountains Move, won the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction and, like her debut, was selected for several Top Reads lists. Visit her online at juliecantrell.wordpress.com, Facebook: juliecantrellauthor, and Twitter: @JulieCantrell.
Yvette K.5 Stars Out Of 5A heartbreaking and wonderful read!September 13, 2016Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0Julie Cantrell has created a 9 year old narrator in Millie Reynolds that has me feeling for her now very nearly the same as I remember feeling for Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird when I first read it over 30 years ago.
Millie as a nine year old is charming, and a gateway into a childhood that is filled with the wonder of hearing trees sing and helping an older neighbor, Sloth (whose nickname slowly grew on me and greatly formed how I imagine him) care for his chickens.
As the story moves forward, we leap to Millie as a sixteen year old experiencing her first romance as well as further tragedies.
This is an intense story, filled with raw emotion. The poverty, violence and utter desolation that Millie endures makes the conclusion all the sweeter. Instead of pitying her for her circumstances, I found much to admire in her continued refusal to be a victim and ability to find her faith after all that occurs.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy a strong heroine, first person narrative, and raw but wonderful stories set during the 1930's and early 1940's. I'm looking forward to reading more of Millie's story in book 2, When Mountains Move.