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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?

©2012 Julie Cantrell (P)2012 Oasis

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 04-29-15

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.

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Wow! Just, yes!!

First, the narrator is my favorite!! Her sweet southern accent, perfect annunciation, and charm had me leaning into this book like taking a rest against a sweet gum tree sipping ice tea on a hot day. The story is a wonderful southern getaway. I fell in love with the main character, Millie. Laughed, cried and even prayed for her, it felt to real. You won't be sorry. I miss it already.

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Wonderful

Not only is this a terrific story, but this narrator is the best I've heard,and I've heard a lot of narrators! The subject matters are difficult to listen to at times, but hopeful at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator's voice inflections.

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Great book.

I really enjoyed this book. Narrator did a awesome job. Can't wait to see more by this author and narrator.

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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

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slow start, but awesome finish

This is a real story about life and challenges, hope and faith. I love this book!

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Dark and somewhat depressing

Very well written and extremely sensitive, but not a book to read when you need something uplifting and encouraging. It is enlightening to those two have not experienced the hardships that might destroy those who do not believe that God works all things together for good for those who love the Lord.

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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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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

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 .

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  • tina
  • 03-26-14

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 .

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  • William
  • 03-04-16

Loved this one!

Julie can paint a clear picture such that we were drawn in to the story right to the end. We got to know, love and even despise the characters, feel the pains, share the joys and even see a sunset so beautifully painted with her words. A real talent, an engaging story that we happily recommend. Luci does a wonderful job of narration as well, complimenting the undoubted talent of Julie. One of our favourites!!