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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,220 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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