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Julie Cantrell’s Into the Free

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 longstanding cycle of madness and abuse.

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

This novel is beautifully written and thoroughly engaging. Millie is a character you can’t help but love and admire. You also might feel sorry for Millie because everything bad that can happen to her pretty much does. That said, the novel is not her whining about it, which is what saves it. Millie kind of just accepts what life has thrown her way and she’s not one to get down. The romance, though not a main focus, made sense and fit the kind of girl that Millie is. Throughout the novel Millie sees different versions of Christianity, but when she is introduced to the real thing you can see the affect it has on her and her desire to know and be known by God. Good novel. Recommended.

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