I focus on mostly Christian fiction or non-fiction books. However, I read other books occasionally, including cookbooks and other books that catch my interest. If you enjoy some or all of my interests, I'd love to hear from you. -Glenajo
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."--Groucho Marx
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Into the Free: A Novel by Julie Cantrell
Cantrell, J. (2012). Into the free: A novel.
Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook.
Into the Free: A Novel
leaps into the life of Millicent Reynolds, a young Mississippi girl at the end
of the Depression. Milli’s father, Jack, is a violent, alcoholic, rodeo man
whose wife has turned to morphine to survive the abuse. Milli and her mother
live in old slave quarters on a plantation, surviving on Jack’s winnings and
the money they earn from doing laundry for the wealthy in town, Milli and her
mother eek out an existence. Milli befriends a group of gypsies, intending to
leave with them, but stops when her father almost beats her mother to death.
The perverse air of melancholia that permeates Milli’s life
makes the this novel difficult to begin, but hooks the reader with Milli’s
desire to pull herself out of the abusive circle. As Milli turns to people for
help, Milli learns to see through facades to discover true meaning of
Christianity and love, where money and appearance are not important. Intense
book, not for the faint hearted, but a highly rewarding read.