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When Mountains Move, by Julie Cantrell
It is the spring of 1943. With a wedding and a cross-country move, Millie's world is about to change forever. If only her past could change with it. 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: 368
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
In a few hours, Millie will say "I do" to Bump Anderson, a man who loves her through and through. But would he love her if he knew the secret she keeps?
Millies mind is racing and there seems to be no clear line between right and wrong. Either path leads to pain, and shell do anything to protect the ones she loves. So she decides to bury the truth and begin again, helping Bump launch a ranch in the wilds of Colorado. But just when she thinks shes left her old Mississippi life behind, the facts surface in the most challenging way.
Thats when Millies grandmother, Oka, arrives to help. Relying on her age-old Choctaw traditions, Oka teaches Millie the power of second chances. Millie resists, believing redemption is about as likely as moving mountains. But Oka stands strong, modeling forgiveness as the only true path to freedom.
Together, Bump, Millie, and Oka fight against all odds to create a sustainable ranch, all while learning that the important lessons of their pasts can be used to build a beautiful future.
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.
Claudia5 Stars Out Of 5Moving story.December 1, 2016ClaudiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Mountains Move is the sequel to Into the Free by Julie Cantrell. I have not yet read the Into the Free, but it did not interfere with my enjoyment of the story of Millie and her new husband Bump. These two leave their families and friends in Mississippi and head to Colorado, for a ranch they've never even seen before. Millie works so hard not just to help her beloved Bump build the ranch, but also to hide a horror from her past. But her past keeps rearing it's ugly head in her present. I enjoy Julie Cantrell's writing. She creates characters that are flawed, funny, and beautiful. I enjoyed getting to know Millie and Bump, while following their adventures in Colorado.
I voluntarily reviewed this book that I received from The Fiction Guild.
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Spellbinding TaleNovember 11, 2016Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I was privileged to read Into the Free previously when it was first published and picked it up as a freebie on my kindle. Now getting a chance four years later to read the sequel to that amazing tale was brilliant and I was amazed how much of the previous book came right back to me. It would also not be recommended to read this book without first reading Into the Free as the two really do go hand in hand and When Mountains Move wouldnt make as much sense without the previous knowledge of the first book.
Into the Free told the story of Millie - growing up in a less than stellar family situation and despite adversity and abuse - maturing into a strong young woman. It was a fitting second chapter of her story begun in the first book which rounded off the character nicely.
This is a true epic sage to savour and enjoy. Once started you wont be able to put it down - trust me
Thanks again to the Fiction Guild for providing a complimentary copy for review - all opinions are my own.
ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Julie Cantrell posseses a giftedness in storytelling that transports the reader through timeNovember 4, 2016ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Mountains Move is the sequel to Into the Free and although I hadnt read it first, it had no negative impact on this story.
Julie Cantrell has such giftedness in transporting the reader back into the time and setting of the story. Her writing style is beautiful and has made her a favorite author of mine since The Feathered Bone.
At times, Id forget Millie was only a teenager even while she was a wife and mother. Her attitude at times, was lightyears ahead of where Id see a girl her age. Yet other times, her thoughts and actions very much resembled someone with less life experience.
Her grandmother, Oka is delightful and full of wisdom. I absolutely loved her and their relationship is tender.
Bumps responsible and devoted love is heartwarming. Each character is intricately woven through the story. I enjoyed the had many twists and turns all while rooting for Millie.
A beautiful story of love, family and forgiveness. And, most importantly, redemption.
I received When Mountains Move from Thomas Nelson Publishers and The Fiction Guild and all opinions expressed are purely my own.
bookstoregal4 Stars Out Of 5Julie Cantrell is a great storytellerSeptember 17, 2016bookstoregalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Julie Cantrell is really a great storyteller. I get so into the characters that sometimes it's hard to read the book-especially when bad stuff happens to them! This book is the 2nd book in a series. I didn't read the first one, and kind of wish I had, so you might want to read Into the Free before reading this one. This book deals with a lot of tough/serious issues. It is definitely not a light or lighthearted read, but it is good. I think the first one will also be like this.
I was given this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5Starting out as NewlywedsSeptember 15, 2016DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The story is set in the 1940s and the author has done an amazing job of writing a beautiful historical book. I appreciate the descriptions of Colorado in those days and made the story very realistic. It wasn't easy trying to start a new life in the rough terrain and our main characters will soon find out how much work is involved to start a ranch.
Millie is quite young when she married Bump Anderson. She is ready to begin a new life and doesn't mind the treacherous grounds they will have to travel to reach their destination. Millie has another reason to leave her old home that she hasn't told Bump about. What will happen when he finds out her secret?
Bump is a hard working man and is excited to take on the challenge of getting a deserted ranch back up and running. I loved the details of what chores were done daily to keep the ranch going. It was very hard work and I was impressed with Millie and her dedication to helping her husband's dream come true. I don't think I would want to go to a land and start from scratch trying to rebuild it. I did find her friend Kat to be most unpleasant. She sure has her eyes on Millie's husband and that really added some friction between the newlyweds.
When Millie's grandmother comes to visit Millie, I really enjoyed how her heritage was a focal point of the story. Her grandmother shared some wonderful stories about the past and described some of the Choctaw traditions. It seemed to really help Millie understand where she came from and how important her ancestors were. I loved the descriptions of their culture and I could picture Millie sitting in awe as Oca shared memories. When Millie has a very hard decision to make , I could feel her despair and pain. The author did a great job of talking about a very hard subject but did it with grace and showed the struggle that women go through when faced with this decision.
What does Millie decide to do ? Dies she make the right choice?
The book is a wonderful journey of newlyweds starting out, their struggles and the lessons they learn as they grow in their faith and learn to trust each other. The secret that Millie has hidden from Bump will be a huge shock and I loved how the author shared the pain and hurt that the secret had caused. If you love historical fiction with a powerful cast of characters and reading about the challenges they face this is the book to get. There are several characters I didn't mention but you will discover how they are intricate to the story about second chances , trust and unconditional love.
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild for an honest review.