Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Into the Free by Julie Cantrell

Into the Free, the debut novel by Julie Cantrell had me free falling into the world of Millie Reynolds from scene one.
In 1936 Millie is nine years old.  She is full of spunk, possessing clarity of thought and wisdom of the ages, passed down somehow- perhaps through her Choctaw lineage- and landing like wings upon her shoulders.

Her ability to understand the truth about people, their foibles and strengths helps her to survive the hand she has been dealt- her life- rife with secrets, sins, and dreams deferred.  Millie's father rides the rodeo and her mother has simply tuned out due to the abuse she has suffered, losing herself in music, books, and her "medicine".

Into the Free has garnered well-deserved praise.  It is a gem worth seeking out.  If you love excellent writing and a story full of surprises this one's for you.  You will LOVE free falling Into the Free.
Oh, did I mention that a sequel is in the works?
(Read on for more information from the publisher!)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Into the Free
David C. Cook (February 1, 2012)
Julie Cantrell


A speech-language pathologist and literacy advocate, Julie Cantrell was the editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and currently teaches English as a second language to elementary students. She has been a freelance writer for ten years and has published two children’s books. Julie and her family live in Mississippi where they operate Valley House Farm.

Julie served as contributing editor to MOMSense magazine and wrote content for Mothers of Preschoolers, Intl. for nearly a decade. Additionally, she has contributed to more than a dozen books. Into Th Free is her first book.  


Just a girl. The only one strong enough to break the cycle.

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 which 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?

Watch the book video:

If you would like to read the first chapter of Into the Free, go HERE.


Jennifer Shirk said...

I've ben seeing some great buzz about this book!

Robyn Campbell said...

Hmmm, sounds interesting. I would love to read this. The concept is definitely unique and the story sounds riveting. :-)

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Jennifer!
You won't be able to put this down!

Robyn! First of all- you are so awesome!
My "review" did not do this book justice. Loved this book.... It could stand toe to toe with any popular IT book out there.

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Karen Lange said...

Thanks for the info on this book. Hadn't heard of it, and am thinking I need to check it out. :)

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Karen!
Can't say enough about Into the Free. I couldn't put it down. I really hope you get to check it out. Julie is a "writer's writer"! ;)
Thanks for stopping by.

Terri Tiffany said...

OH it sounds wonderful! First I have heard of it.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Terri!
So happy you stopped by!

This is Julie's first book. I know you'll love it- it's got so much heart. :)