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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 Publishing / 2016 / Trade Paperback$7.99 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 an award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novelist whose work focuses on relationships, resilience, and faith. As a writer, speaker, TEDx presenter, and teacher, she aims to build empathy and connection while inspiring others to live their best life.
Julie served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and has received the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship as well as the Rivendell Writers Colony Mary Elizabeth Nelson Fellowship.
A certified speech-language pathologist (SLP), Julie is a literacy advocate who previously served on the board of her local literacy council. Dedicated to helping children overcome social, academic, and communication challenges, Julie has filled various gaps when called to serve her local public school system as an SLP, a reading interventionist, an ELL tutor, and a special education sub.
Julie also spent six years operating her familys sustainable farm where she tended organic crops while caring for a wide variety of furry and feathered friends. She is a certified naturalist who enjoys exploring this beautiful world. Additionally, she has operated a freelance writing business for almost twenty years.
Today, Julie writes fulltime from her home in Oxford, Mississippi. Perennials is her fourth novel.
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.