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Into the Free: A Novel | [Julie Cantrell]

Into the Free: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 has abandoned her. With the power of forgiveness, can Millie finally make her way into the free?

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©2012 Julie Cantrell (P)2012 Oasis

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    Amazon Customer Millicent, Australia 10-10-12
    Amazon Customer Millicent, Australia 10-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic read"
    Where does Into the Free rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This a a wonderful story, it gets you hooked right from the start, It takes a really good book to make me cry.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The emotional journey it takes you on


    Have you listened to any of Luci Christian Bell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    If you could take any character from Into the Free out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Millie


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-29-15
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-29-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Depression Era Mississippi and Generational Curses"

    One of the best southern fiction books . . . captures the very essence of growing up in the south . . . the horrible hypocrisy that exists in some churches and some people . . . yet the inescapable HOPE that comes only from God and His followers . . . And the miracle of how God puts special people in the lives of children, even in the midst of turmoil and abuse, and leads them through the valley, continually toward answers . . . and toward good. There's no sugar coating here . . . no covering up "the ugly" . . . and there's plenty of it . . . Millie is the daughter of a cowboy, who beats her mother, nearly killing her . . . and her mama won't leave . . . in fact, she defends him . . . so Millie escapes by climbing her sweet gum tree or going fishing with her friend, Sloth. Or she reads. And she comes home and nurses her mother's wounds, while her daddy's gone off to another rodeo. This is a great listen . . . full of insight into the generational pain that haunts families . . . and the courage of one girl to confront it and choose a different path for herself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Gorg Warrenton, VA USA 06-30-15
    Megan Gorg Warrenton, VA USA 06-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing book"

    The performance was great. The book, amazing. I'm excited to have found a new author.

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    Amazon Customer Arizona 03-14-15
    Amazon Customer Arizona 03-14-15 Member Since 2012

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    "wonderful story"

    written with great descriptive southern style. of pain and survival and the human condition. yet full of love and faith. the narrator is exceptional.

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    Erna Pretoria, South Africa 03-05-15
    Erna Pretoria, South Africa 03-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "An unexpected treasure"
    Would you listen to Into the Free again? Why?

    Yes because of the lyrical writing and the pleasure of listening to Luci Christian Bell's brilliant narration.


    Have you listened to any of Luci Christian Bell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first encounter with her but in future I will search for books read by her.I am addicted.


    Who was the most memorable character of Into the Free and why?

    Millie is unforgettable,but all the main characters are beautifully developed and complex and therefore memorable in their own right.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book unconditionally but I believe my enjoyment was greatly enhanced by the beautiful narration .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chantelle 12-04-14
    chantelle 12-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Superbly written, moving story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Into the Free to be better than the print version?

    The narrators voice and accent were wonderful, I think she enhanced the story with her charming accent. I think the audio offered extra added bonus with the narrator performance giving a different experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Millie was my favorite character. She endures a great deal


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she catches up to finally get her happiness and go off into the free


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Into the free


    Any additional comments?

    Love love loved this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jana L. Kane MN 11-18-14
    Jana L. Kane MN 11-18-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Trite, Predictable and Overplayed."
    Would you try another book from Julie Cantrell and/or Luci Christian Bell?

    I would hope not to. :/


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything else well written.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance is different from storyline, but still poor. As a Southern woman, I can tell you the reader was overplaying a canned dialect. It would be so much nicer if Audible would find better readers for their characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Into the Free?

    Editor? I would have red-marked most of the characters half-expected, overplayed and trite traumatic experiences. Seemed to me to be a non-Southern writer's attempt at capturing a Tennessee Williams type storyline.... dramatic backdrop, included. Unless you've grown up in the deep South, you don't understand all the rich nuances that were being attempted to be written into this story. This author tried, yet failed miserably.


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    "i was hooked a very enjoyable story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A heart wrenching story but with a twist of happiness. Looking forward to the sequel.


    Have you listened to any of Luci Christian Bell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    It brought back memories of living in the south. Her voice was mesmerising and made me smile


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A times it made me want to cry but then Millie's' character was so loveable and strong it made me smile .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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