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4.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 5 4.27 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Cantrell Narrator: Luci Christian Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781621881216
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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 bestseller—a story that will sweep you away long after the novel ends.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Exquisitely written. Julie Cantrell has created a haunting story that will linger in your heart long after you’ve turned the last page.”

    Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Beach Trees

  • “Cantrell’s style of prose engages the reader as an intimate and contemporary friend, displaced for a moment in time…Certainly an author to watch, Julie Cantrell has penned a beautiful and literary coming-of-age romance that is as close to perfect as I’ve seen in quite some time.”

    USA Today

  • “Lyrical…Cantrell’s exquisitely written story immerses readers in a world that is as cruel as it is beautiful. From the opening lines to the very last sentence, the book’s magnetic prose bewitches and enthralls on every page. A visceral and gripping journey.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A lyrical, moving, haunting, wise, brutal, warmhearted, and ultimately freeing and inspiring coming-of-age tale told with poetic honesty. Julie Cantrell is a wonderful writer. She doesn’t just tell a story, she invites you right into it so that you don’t just read it, you live it. Into the Free swept me up and swept me along, and the story and the characters stayed with me—in the very best way—long after I turned the last page.”

    Jennifer Niven, author of The Ice Master and Velva Jean Learns to Drive

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Pellegrino | 2/16/2014

    " Really enjoyed the characters in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/13/2014

    " A week after finishing this book I am still thinking about the characters. Julie Cantrell wove a wonderful story with her beautiful prose . The plot might be a touch improbable , coincidences sometimes too pat but the depth of the characters , the strong emotions evoked and the sheer beauty of the prose made this one of the most unique books I have read in a long time. Highly recommend this . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathi Loewen | 1/31/2014

    " Sad but compelling story of a young survivor who discovers herself, her value, and her faith. A very worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book! Her descriptions were so vivid and almost poetic in places, beginning with the first paragraph. I'm not sure why the last part was not as enjoyable. The denouement seems hurried and not as detailed as the rest of the novel. This is probably just a pet peeve of mine, but the character with supposedly the highest education speaks like a very uneducated person, and is the ONLY one in the book to do so. For a first novel this was very good! I think with her talent she will write many wonderful books and I look forward to reading them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alesa | 1/24/2014

    " Now this was a truly fascinating book. At first, I thought it was going to be amateurish. In fact, I almost gave up after a few chapters. Lucky thing I didn't. The characters grabbed me, and so did the unusual setting: rural Mississippi in the 1930s, rodeo riders, gypsies, white trash, domestic violence, madness, triumph over being a victim, forgiveness, love of literature, ultra-Christian hypocrisy ... See what I mean? It was really different. So many awful things happen to the main character that you just want to weep for her. Yet all of it is quite believable. I bought this because it was a bargain book and I wanted to fill up some space on my Kindle for a trip. I'll bet it catches on, and stops being a bargain book. And I'm sure that the author will become well-known if she keeps up the good work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/22/2014

    " I LOVED this book. It was very reflective about living. I wish for Into The Free pt. 2. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 1/20/2014

    " This book had a unique and creative story line and was well written. I guess I lean somewhat toward feel-good stories, and this one wasn't exactly full of feel-good. It was interesting, enlightening, and eventually had a happy ending. It was hard to put down at night! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita Agers-brooks | 1/17/2014

    " Into the Free captivated my emotions from the first page. Ms. Cantrell swept me into another world, while helping me face soulful questions of my own. Loved this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/12/2014

    " tough start but worth sticking with. Enjoyable story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen Gomez | 12/19/2013

    " With the power of forgiveness, we can finally make our way into the free!!! Beautiful!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Menia | 12/2/2013

    " Nice story and refreshing because it is so different. I could not predct the end. I loved this book and it is well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/24/2013

    " Best I've read this year! Not the typical Southern novel, but so much more. If I'm being fair, it really deserves 4.5 stars at least. Well written, excellent character development. Bravo Ms. Cantrell! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mellodi Parks | 9/17/2013

    " Some parts were hard to read for this one. The religious bits didn't bother me as I loved the story as a whole. I realize, that with me saying religious, it might turn some away from this one. However, give it a try and see the story behind the religion as well. Give this one a read, won't you? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Czervionke | 8/10/2013

    " Light read but good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 8/3/2013

    " All I can say is...wow! What a gift this book is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luana | 3/9/2013

    " This was a great book! The author has clever usage of words. It is hopeful and inspiring. I am waiting for the sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simone | 1/21/2013

    " Although tragedy is in the book- It is a lovely story of a young girl and overcoming life's problems. It takes place in the South and has touches of Southern culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 1/1/2013

    " I found this as a free download and wasn't really expecting a lot out of it. Was I ever surprised. This was an excellent book though heartbreaking at times. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Dale | 12/8/2012

    " Loved this book. Millie - tough, innocent, a survivor to say the least. Beautifully written and really brought out the places inbetween reality and fantasy where we choose to live sometimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 11/23/2012

    " Loved the story line, in places the story was a bit predictable but rather good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 10/28/2012

    " Great Book! Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joannah | 10/5/2012

    " I fell in love with the main character of this book, Millie. Beautifully written. So many good quotes I wanted to write down from this book. Added to my favorites, for sure. "

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About the Author

Julie Cantrell is an author, speech pathologist, and literacy advocate. Most recently editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review, she is author of the bestselling book Into the Free and two children’s books. Julie and her family live in Mississippi where they operate Valley House Farm.

About the Narrator

Luci Christian is an actress and writer, known for her voice-over performance in One Piece, Starship Troopers: Invasion, and Appleseed Alpha, among many other animated films and television series. She has been married to Michael Bell since 2008. They have two children.