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Into the Free: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2012
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The bottom line: I have no recollection of being so powerfully moved by written words in my lifetime.
I read the first four chapters after a long day at the office, when I greatly desired only to sleep. I forced myself to put the book away, only after awakening my bride to share a few passages with her. I rationalized savoring the experience, meteing out only a few chapters a night. Today, instead, I finished the book. I cried no less than three times. I stopped to get into the floor and play with my kid, tears in my eyes, and to hold him- telling him that I love him. Mrs. Perkin's Millie Reynolds represents to me hundreds of victims of domestic abuse/neglect and child witnesses of domestic violence that have streamed through my office seeking therapeutic services. My tears and anguish for Millie are the tears I've never let myself cry for them- the depth of pain that I felt here something professional boundaries limit me from in my practice.
Julie writes with an authenticity and genuineness that perfectly captures the experience of many children who grow up in violent homes. Millie's growth from child to late adolescent in the book tracks perfectly with the psychologic development of kids in her position. I've developed workshops and delivered countless trainings in this particular subject area.Read more ›
Julie Cantrell creates such vivid imagery and brings her characters so much to life in this debut that I was often left amazed.
This book is a perfect book club book. Because not only is it immensely enjoyable, there are some things that transpire toward the end that will stir up a lot of juicy, engaging conversation! For me, there was a couple things I didn't necessarily agree with, but I was dying to talk to others about them to hear their thoughts/reflections. I know I'll be pitching it to my book club friends in February!
I can't wait for more from this very talented author.
Jack bullrider, dangerously controlling
Marie depressive, and very much a victim of circumstances
Daughter Millie young, searching for God and answers in the home and situations that she is a part of. Usually found nestled safely among the branches of her magnificient sweet gum tree, Sweetie, she escapes into her backyard watching from above the world that lies beneath.
Sloth best friend of Millie, each helping the other through the storms of life.
Every year the traveling gypsys arrive in town bringing with them fascination, curiousity, a little music and magic to captivate the residents of Iti Taloa, Mississippi. When Millie now 16, meets one of them he entrances her and for awhile she steps out of her present life and sees the world through his eyes. Promises are made and secrets are shared. When tragedy descends upon Millie the choices she has are now limited, her past lying in front of her eyes she must make a decision about her future. But when a new opportunity arrises she leaps forward. Can this be where she has belonged all along, after all, where she can be free?
This very well written novel is by far the best coming of age story I have read. The author tackles sensitive issues with grace and compassion and gives the characters a strong voice. I quickly became "attached" to Millie. A story guaranteed to capture your heart, stir your emotions and keep you reading until finished. I will definately be reading more from this author in the future and look forward to hopefully a sequel. Dialogue, description and scene mesh together perfectly creating an unforgetable and hard to put down book! I was entertained, challenged in my faith and I highly recommend this book to others. Thank you to David C Cook Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC copy for my review.
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I'll have to admit I had a difficult time getting into this book. I normally love reading about this time period. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Tippy2
This is the kind of Christian fiction that I really enjoy. I was not preached to but instead I was given a realistic coming of age story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margaret @ JustOneMoreChapter
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and looking forward to reading the sequel! Highly suggest one to read the comments from the author at the back of the book...delightful!Published 1 month ago by 40241
Good writing, good story, plausible, intriguing, ended well. I appreciate that there weren't sex scenes and that the mental problems of the characters in the book weren't portrayed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Into the Free by Julie Cantrell is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late May.
Cantrell's prose speaks of unconditional love, wisdom, resilience, and following your... Read more
I wasn't sure I was going to be able to force myself to read through this book. It seemed disjointed and confusing, but the more I got into it,
the more sense it... Read more