Saturday, April 7, 2012

David C. Cooke Publishers Book Review: Into The Free by Julie Cantrell

Release Date: February 1, 2012
Publisher: David C. Cook 
Genre: Fiction, Christian 
Pages/Format: 368/Paperback
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Into The Free by Julie Cantrell stole my heart.  This beautiful story captivated me from the start.  I could not put this book down.  I was completely enthralled by it.  The characters, language and imagery combined with a crescendo of emotions. This story depicts life, death, loss, longing, love, hope and mostly forgiveness.

The story centralizes on the life of Millie Reynolds in Depression-era Mississippi.  Unfortunately, Millie goes through a myriad of tragic and heartbreaking experiences. One could not help but sympathize with her.  At such a young age, she was faced many unfortunate circumstances and decisions. One wrong decision or turn could ultimately effect the rest of her life.

Julie Cantrell's writing style is one that flows. Like a waltz, one sentence, paragraph and chapter dancing into the next; smoothly and without interruption.  I was able to visualize every nuance, facial expression, mood and unspoken word.  The story is poignant and moved me to tears.

Julie Cantrell is a virtuoso who orchestrated a literary masterpiece. She uses words on paper much like an artist strokes a canvas or a musician plucks the strings of a human heart.

I commend Julie Cantrell for an absolutely beautiful debut.  She is a gifted writer and story teller.

I will never forget Into The Free; it is an exceptional book which I highly recommend.

In conclusion, I want to personally thank Karen Stoller from David C. Cook Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book to review.


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

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