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Saturated in Southern ambiance and written in the vein of other literary best sellers like Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Julie Cantrell’s New York Times best-selling Into the Free that will sweep you away long after the novel ends.

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 she finally make her way into the free?

Millie is just a girl. But she’s the only one strong enough to break the family cycle.

“Gritty, compelling, and beautifully told, Into the Free will take you into a coming-of-age story filled with heartrending hardship and luminous hope. Julie Cantrell is a writer to watch!” (Lisa Wingate, New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours)

“Readers will fall in love with Millie Reynolds, girl with one eye on the heavens and the other on the savages that occupy our world...a searing tale of heartache, faith, forgiveness, and doubt set amid gypsies, angels, addicts, asylums, roughnecks, and rodeo hands.” (Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts)

“A lyrical, moving, haunting, wise, brutal, warmhearted, and ultimately freeing and inspiring coming-of-age tale told with poetic honesty...Into the Free swept me up and swept me along.” (Jennifer Niven, best-selling author of The Ice Master)

  • New York Times best seller
  • Can be read as a stand-alone novel, although the story continues in When Mountains Move
  • Book length: approximately 90,000 words
  • Includes a reader’s guide, author interview, and discussion questions for book clubs
©2015 Julie Cantrell (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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Excellent Book! One of my favorites!

Fell in love with Millie Reynolds' character. The story line was interesting and very enjoyable.

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Great book!

Loved this book! Milly was an easy character to love. Easy book to listen to.

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Engrossing from the start

Thoroughly captivating story and acting. Very different than most books I have ever read and I read a lot! You will love it.

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WOW

What a BEAUTIFUL story of truth and awakening to the real world and how God sends us what we need when we ask and are ready to trust in him. I love her common theme to enlighten us on our common threads that we are no greater nor less than all our relations. Her beautiful yet raw reminders and repeated history all over the world, in our county, in our town and families as well as our churches and spiritual practices of mans inhumanity to man trying to separate us. I hope we see more movies and books going this rout and cant wait to re-listen to and get my girls and myself a copy of her book Perennials. Thank you.

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Terrific storytelling!

Great story! Grabbed me immediately. The characters are believable and the story is compelling. I am looking forward to the next book by this talented author.

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