Saturday, January 20, 2018

Into the Free

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CANTRELL, JULIE
INTO THE FREE

A simple girl with anything but a simple story

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 family's long-standing cycle of madness and abuse.

Through it all, Millie experiences the thrill of first love while fighting to trust the God she believes abandoned her. With the power of forgiveness, can Millie finally make her way into the free?

My Review:

published in 2012
My thanks to my public library for providing awesome retro reads like this one.

A gripping coming-of-age-story that held me spellbound. It's a hard read in places. So much loss and pain in Millie's world. But there's beauty there as well. To be discovered and cherished. Something to hold onto in the dark times -- which are many. Cantrell tackles difficult subject matter -- abuse, neglect, mental illness. But Millie is a survivor. She's a fighter, determined to create a future that will ultimately free her from her past. Beautifully written and emotionally charged. The kind of book that makes you think and assess and praise God.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Into the Free, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 21 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

22 comments:

  1. Emotionally charged fiction makes for great reads! Never heard of this book, thanks for spotlighting it Kav!

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    1. You're welcome, Trixi. Good luck.

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  2. A Depression Era book Sounds like a good read
    I don't see many of these
    Thanks for sharing
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    1. It's an era that really fascinates me and I'm always moved by the stories when I find them. They always seem to be able to portray the triumph of the human spirit. Good luck, Linda.

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    2. Yes they are uplifting and some are Sad too of course
      Thanks

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  3. I read and loved The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell. I'd love to read this one too. KAV, thank you for the chance!
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    1. You're welcome, Caryl. Good luck.

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  4. I think I've read all of her books except Perennials (and it is on way to me)! I like her writing!

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    1. I'm a late bloomer with her books so I'm catching up. She really knows how to dig deep and deliver exceptional stories full of emotion and grit.

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  5. I am a big fan of Julie's books. I think she is a fantastic writer and I have read them all. The winner of this book will receive a treasure.

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    1. This is only the second book I've read by Julie so I have lots of catching up to do.

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  6. Sounds like my kind of book. Thank you for the chance.
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    1. You're welcome, Lucy. Good luck.

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  7. I’ve heard so much about her books but haven’t had the chance to read one. Thanks for the opportunity.
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    1. If you like an emotional, realistic story, you'll definitely love her books. Good luck, Mindy.

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  8. INTO THE FREE sounds like Millie's journey through the fire and out the other end is a book very worth reading. I love depression era books so I know it's one I would love to read. Thanks for the review and the chance to win a copy!
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  9. INTO THE FREE is a wonderful book. You'll want to find WHEN MOUNTAINS MOVE to read more of Millie's story. No need to enter me in the drawing since I have both of these books.

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    1. Ooohhh -- thanks for that tip, Pam. Checking my library now.

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  10. Oh, I love Julie Cantrell's books. They always make me think!

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  11. This is one of those books I have gone back and forth on, but just purchased the second book and now need to read this one. Perfect timing.
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  12. Good luck, Dianna and Terrill!

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