Into the Free by Julie Cantrell

It is rare that a book grabs you by the heart and does not let you go until the last page is turned, it is even MORE rare that it would be the author’s debut novel!

Millie Reynolds knows firsthand the shame of family secrets. With an abusive father and a “nothing mama,” she craves a place of true belonging. Over time, the Gypsies that travel through town each spring offer acceptance. Then tragedy strikes and Millie leaves her world of poverty to join a prominent family on the other side of town. There, with the help of unlikely sources, Millie uncovers painful truths about her family’s past as she struggles to face a God she believes has abandoned her. When unconditional love is offered, Millie learns the power of forgiveness and finally discovers where she belongs.

Cantrell has a gift of creating real characters, will real life problems and showing God’s love and faithfulness shining through it all. Readers will enter young womanhood with Millie Reynolds and feel like they have made a wonderful, spirited friend. This is Cantrell’s debut novel and she has the gift of weaving words into a beautiful tapestry.

If you are looking for a great book to read on vacation or lying by the beach—which I did—run, don’t walk, to purchase Into the Free by Julie Cantrell.


[author] Julie Cantrell is the editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and has served as a freelance writer for ten years, including a three-year stint as the activities editor for Mothers of Preschoolers, Intl. (MOPS). After publishing two picture books to help young children overcome nightmares and separation anxiety, she penned her first novel, Into the Free. Julie is a certified speech-language pathologist and an active advocate for literacy in Oxford, Mississippi, where she and her family operate Valley House Farm.[/author_info] [/author]

FTC Disclosure: Special thanks to David C. Cook Publishing Group for sending me a review copy of Into the Free by Julie Cantrell.

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