Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: Into the Free by Julie Cantrell

Title: Into the Free
Author: Julie Cantrell
Category: Historical Fiction 
Pub. Date: 02/01/2012
Publisher: David C. Cook
Format:  Paperback
ISBN#: 078140424x


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? 

My Review:  
First let me say that normally I like historical fiction. Books that are based on some historical error but yet fictionally written. And after reading the synopsis I thought this might be a good fit. And in some ways it was. 

The background of the story was sit in the depression-era. And it was based on an abusive relationships. For the most part Millie Reynolds keep my attention but there where a few times I really just wanted to scream at her and say run.. just run till you can't run any more.  Then when a mystery box turns up I thought okay maybe just maybe this will get her out of things. Let's just say that her experiences were rough. 

I just didn't seem to connect with this book the way I expected to. But still finished it and for some parts it was written well. 

So for the reasons above I will be giving this book and author a Breath of Life Rating of:

Three Clock Rating!  

Disclosure: I didn't receive the above book in exchange for my honest opinion and or review. But the Opinions are my own and yours may differ.

About the Authors:  

Julie Cantrell is an award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, teacher, and speaker. She has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and has earned starred reviews by both Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. Cantrell is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship and was named a finalist for the 2017 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Fiction Award. Perennials is her fourth novel. 


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