When 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.
I 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.
When 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.