Into the Free by Julie Cantrell
A Novel


6 Critic Reviews

...a compelling story about personal struggle and spiritual resilience.
-Publishers Weekly


"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 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 Millie finally make her way into the free? Saturated in Southern ambiance and written in the vein of other Southern literary bestsellers like "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett and "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" by Tom Franklin, Julie Cantrell has created in "Into the Free"--now a "New York Times" Best Seller--a story that will sweep you away long after the novel ends.

About Julie Cantrell

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New York Times Best-selling author Julie Cantrell was the editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review. She has been a freelance writer for ten years and has published two children’s books. She has contributed to more than a dozen books, and her first novel, Into the Free, hit shelves February 1, 2012 (David C Cook). In addition to writing the sequel to that novel, Julie was honored to receive the 2011 Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Artist Fellowship and is currently working on a creative nonfiction book about her family’s adventures as first-generation farmers. Julie and her family live in Oxford, Mississippi where they operate Valley House Farm. She is also a certified speech-language pathologist and currently teaches English as a second language to elementary students. 
Published November 3, 2015 by Thomas Nelson. 368 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Mar 11 2012
Weeks as Bestseller
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Publishers Weekly

on Dec 19 2011

...a compelling story about personal struggle and spiritual resilience.

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Reviewed by Amy Clark on Jan 17 2013

...this was a phenomenal novel. It read fast and was equally heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. It almost leaves you speechless to see what Millie has to go through as a little girl...

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Reviewed by Chandra McNeil on Feb 27 2013

Cantrell’s words paint vivid pictures that bring Millie’s harrowing story to life.

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Historical Novel Society

Reviewed by Sarah Johnson on May 01 2012

With the support of those who care for her and her growing self-worth, Millie learns she can acknowledge and understand her past without needing to relive it. The inspirational themes strengthen the book without being overpowering. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed by Heather Adams on Jun 22 2012

The writing is powerful, and Cantrell knows exactly the right words to paint each scene. It’s hard to believe this is her first novel.

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Reviewed by Adele Annesi on Mar 01 2012

...a poetic voice and compelling story for young adults and adults that engages readers...

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