When Mountains Move

When Mountains Move

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by Julie Cantrell
     
 

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In a few hours, Millie will say “I do” to Bump Anderson, a man who loves her through and through. But would he love her if he knew the secret she keeps?

Millie’s mind is racing and there seems to be no clear line between right and wrong. Either path leads to pain, and she’ll do anything to protect the ones she loves. So she decides

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In a few hours, Millie will say “I do” to Bump Anderson, a man who loves her through and through. But would he love her if he knew the secret she keeps?

Millie’s mind is racing and there seems to be no clear line between right and wrong. Either path leads to pain, and she’ll do anything to protect the ones she loves. So she decides to bury the truth and begin again, helping Bump launch a ranch in the wilds of Colorado. But just when she thinks she’s left her old Mississippi life behind, the facts surface in the most challenging way.

That’s when Millie’s grandmother, Oka, arrives to help. Relying on her age-old Choctaw traditions, Oka teaches Millie the power of second chances. Millie resists, believing redemption is about as likely as moving mountains. But Oka stands strong, modeling forgiveness as the only true path to freedom.

Together, Bump, Millie, and Oka fight against all odds to create a sustainable ranch, all while learning that the important lessons of their pasts can be used to build a beautiful future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780718081270
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
07/05/2016
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
315,700
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Julie Cantrell is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Into the Free, the 2013 Christy Award winning Book of the Year and recipient of the Mississippi Library Association’s Fiction Award. Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship. Her second novel, When Mountains Move, won the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction and, like her debut, was selected for several Top Reads lists. Visit her online at juliecantrell.wordpress.com, Facebook: juliecantrellauthor, and Twitter: @JulieCantrell.

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When Mountains Move: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Sister-P More than 1 year ago
When Mountains Move is the sequel to Julie Cantrell's debut novel, Into The Free. I absolutely loved Into The Free that I was ecstatic when the sequel came out. Julie Cantrell does it again. When Mountains Move does not disappoint. It picks up where Into The Free leaves off, which I was thrilled about. I highly recommend reading Into the Free first and then reading, When Mountains Move. I promise you, you won't be disappointed. It's a beautiful story and both books are amazing. I want to thank Wynn-Wynn Media and David C. Cooke for the complimentary advanced copy of this book.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
What an amazing well told story. I do not know why it took me so long to read Julie Cantrell's book Into the Free, but I am so glad I finally did. I am also very glad that after I read that book (in two days) I was able to pick up and read When Mountains Move the continuing story of Millie. This is more of a dual review for both books. I would not recommend reading only the second book as I don't really think of them as stand alone stories. No cliff hanger endings, just the continuing story of Millie and her loved ones. We meet Millie as a young girl living her life in Mississippi and growing up in not an ideal family life. There are many things she needs to come to terms with in her life and the violence surrounding it. When Mountains Move picks up as she begins her new married life moving to Colorado with her husband. Millie is hiding a really big secret from her husband and due to that it is affecting her married life and just really her peace. I just kept telling her to tell Bump (her hubby) but yet understood why she would be so scared to considering her growing up years. These books can be a bit harsh at times, but I enjoyed seeing her stand strong. I enjoyed Millie's character and Bump's, however sometimes I did just want to smack him for her. I really enjoyed the part about the mountains moving in relation to the title. I look forward to more stories from Ms. Cantrell and hope she writes more about Millie and Bump. I received these books from bookfun dot org and my opinions are my own.
CherK1 More than 1 year ago
When Mountains Move is the 2nd book after Into the Free. I was totally eager to read this book after reading the first one and the author did not disappoint me. I liked this book a little better than the first one, it was really sad to me. In this book emotions are all over the place, for me that is. There was some parts that I got really mad at the characters, some I laughed with them a lot, and a few places where I wanted to cry. It almost seemed to me that the author answered every question I had from the first book, while exceeding all my expectations I had for the second book. I cheered for Millie as she set off for Colorado with her new husband Bump. You remember Bump from the 1st book? He worked with Millie's Dad at the rodeo; but did you remember that he had his future all mapped out and was on his way to a great life, and wanted to take Millie with him. In this book Millie also gets to meet some long lost relatives, some great some not so good. She also meets some new friends, some who treat her great some who terrorize her. And she spends the story getting to know her new husband, but did she forget about her old love. Most of this story takes place in Colorado and I'm familiar with this area, always though about living there. I love the way she describes every little detail of the ranch, the house, the buildings, the trees, the paths she takes to ride her horse and all the emotions of each main and secondary character there is. A lot of thought is put into relationships and how they work also, and what is real and what is not. I love this paragraph - "Oka moves slowly, touching my hair, my face, then my shoulders. When she finally wraps her arms around me, I don't want her to let me go. I am drawn to her in a way I've never been to anyone and I can't help noticing all the ways we are alike. The color of our eyes, our hair, our skin-darker than Bump's even though he spends every day in the sun. She bites her bottom lip and pulls back, closing her fists against her side, perhaps to keep her hands from shaking." I would recommend this book to anyone loves a love story, you can't get any better than this. This book was given to me by BookFun to read in return for an honest review.
bookgirl810s More than 1 year ago
A knowledge of the backstory from Into the Free is not necessary to follow the events, but it would certainly be helpful. While the main thread of the novel is Millie's struggling young marriage, there are multiple secondary story lines that contribute to the stress placed on their relationship. It is an ambitious amount of complexity for such a brief book, but Cantrell carries it off pretty well. Some characters do make unconvincingly convenient appearances and exits, however, which are all the more noticeable in the supposedly isolated ranch setting. Some outcomes were just not plausible. Millie accepts (and apparently the reader is supposed to also accept) several flimsy explanations and even refusals to explain suspicious actions. There is a great deal of emphasis placed on "trust," but there is precious little earning of that trust. Conservative Christian readers may be uncomfortable with the integration of Native American spiritual beliefs. As for Christianity, the faith element is integrated frequently but vaguely, making this truly more "inspirational fiction" than "Christian fiction." Recommended for readers of faith-based fiction who enjoy novels centered in marital themes.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Stirring Sequel to Into The Free Millie discovers hope in the opportunity to move forward with her life, far from atrocities of her past. Sadly, Millie's past is destined to become a major component of her future. Her choice between the two men she loves eventually creates questions in her mind regarding whether she has chosen the best course for her future. Opportunity awaits her and her new husband, Bump, as they set out to brave new worlds in the mountains of Colorado, far from the heartache in Mississippi. The challenges they face appear insurmountable when they realize that their "new" homestead is uninhabitable. Using every moment of daylight Millie and Bump attempt what appears to be the impossible, but their perseverance rewards them with an inhabitable farmstead and outbuildings with 5,000 acres of land to raise horses and beef cattle. Julie Cantrell has received numerous awards for her debut novel, "Into The Free," which has been optioned by a production studio with hopes of bringing her story to the big screen! Julie's sequel to "Into The Free" surpassed my expectations! Her attention to detail is outstanding, and her characters are so well illustrated that I felt myself living Millie's life throughout the story! Vivid portrayals of the landscape throughout Millie and Bump's journey to the Rocky Mountains are eloquent, from the yellow flowers Millie so loves to the mountains that greet them. The hardships and disillusions they face are realistic and believable. As with Julie's debut novel, I feel that "When Mountains Move" is an exceptional work of artistic creativity. I highly recommend this inspiring book! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
raesv1 More than 1 year ago
This is the continuation of Into the Free. After Millie survives her violent childhood and losing her parents she has to now survive after being raped by her guardian. Millie is getting married to Bump the rodeo veterinarian and moving out west to try and make a go of a ranch for the rodeo owner. They are both young and scared but agree its the best chance for them to make a good life. It's not easy for them and Millie keeps the rape a secret from Bump never really trusting that he won't hurt her. When life throws them curves and Millie is betrayed one to many times she starts thinking of her first love. When he shows up at the ranch looking for Millie, she has to decide whether to eave everything behind for an old dream or learn to trust in what she has. When she decides what she really wants to do with her life her nightmare returns in the form of her rapist trying to take away the most precious thing in her life. This is a story of tragedy, triumph, heartbreak, and healing. I received this as an advanced readers copy from Netgalley.
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
When Mountains Move By: Julie Cantrell Really liked the book. This the second book after “Into the Free”. What a abusive life Millie had. She gets married to a rodeo vet. Will their relationship make it with the secrets she keeps. When the secret comes out can there be forgiveness? The book has lots to deal with faith, hope and love. I would rate these books as 5 star. Wonder will their be a third one. Great writing Julie.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
When Mountains Move is a continuation of the story found in Into The Free, both by Julie Cantrell. The first involves Millies's life from childhood to late teens. The following involves her wedding and life with her husband Bump. They move from the south to the Rockies. They form a homestead from nothing. The friendships and love they develop balance the hardships and challenges they face. Millie harbor's a secret that she needs to share with Bump but is afraid it will change their relationship. I found both books exciting,and difficult to put down. I definitely will be adding Julie Cantrell to my list of authors to follow.I recieved both books from the Book Club Network and David Cook Publishers for my honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an awesome sequel to "in to the free"! I could not put the book down and was sad when it ended! I think the story could go on and on and i would keep reading!!! Thank you julie for such great writing and story telling.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell This book is the continuation of Millie’s story from Into the Free. I enjoyed this book but must admit I have not yet read Into the Free. It can be read as a stand alone book, but because I enjoyed this one so much I will be reading the first one. When Mountains Move is set in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Young newlyweds Millie and Bump set out across country on their own. As they struggle to build a home, ranch and veterinary practice they face trepidation in the mist of Millie’s secret. Read the story of Millie and Bump’s fear of an uncertain future, the challenge of taking a risks, and the redemption and freedom that can be found when a secret is no more. See how God works out the bad for His own good. Meet her Choctaw grandmother and learn her rich history. The author Julie Cantrell brings the characters to life and walks you through the struggles of the 1940’s. I want to thank the author Julie Cantrell and publisher David C. Cook for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my review.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Another great book from Julie Cantrell! Julie Cantrell has once again written a compelling story about trust and faith. When Mountains Move continues the story of Millie and Bump from where Into the Free left off. Millie is trying to let go of the past, move on, and embrace her future. When she finds herself facing a decision she never anticipated, she must decide: chose what is easier, or what is right. She struggles with telling Bump the truth and must learn what it means to trust - both her husband and God. She also finds that sometimes the only way to let go of the past is to confront it. As in the first book, Into the Free, the writing is superb and the descriptions make it seem like you could actually be there with them. And as in the first book, the faith aspect really disappointed me. Millie continues to pray, but it seems only when she needs something, and Bump has no apparent faith to speak of. Neither reads the Bible and Millie seems to find more comfort in her novels and poetry than anything else. They both let misconceptions stand pretty much unchallenged, instead of confronting them and finding out the truth immediately. I also found it very frustrating that it took Millie the whole book to finally trust Bump with her secret. Ignoring all my complaining and nitpicking, When Mountains Move really is a very good book. The story is engrossing and the characters come alive; they seem like people you might know, had you lived 70 years ago. I also enjoyed seeing Millie grow and learn to see beyond herself. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a clean and compelling read. Though, I do suggest reading Into the Free before When Mountains Move, as it is the first one and has a lot of back-story needed to understand what’s happening. I received this book through The Book Club Network for my honest review, which I have given.
bookstoregal 11 days ago
Julie Cantrell is really a great storyteller. I get so into the characters that sometimes it's hard to read the book-especially when bad stuff happens to them! This book is the 2nd book in a series. I didn't read the first one, and kind of wish I had, so you might want to read Into the Free before reading this one. This book deals with a lot of tough/serious issues. It is definitely not a light or lighthearted read, but it is good. I think the first one will also be like this. I was given this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
Anonymous 16 days ago
A good story of life, love, secrets and forgiveness. A young girl marries and moves to Colorado to start a new life with her husband. She carries a big secret that she fears will threaten her marriage. In time, she is forced to tell her secret. This story also includes traditions of the Choctaw Indians that are very interesting.
Cynthia181 30 days ago
I received this book for an honest review from the Fiction Guild, it was a very interesting story and the 2nd book I have read from Julie Cantrell. It tells a story of how we all have to overcome obstacles in lives. This young couple were trying to make it in the world. Millie had to overcome having a father who didn't really care about her and made her feel like she was nothing, and then there is Kenneth "Bump" who comes from a sharecropping family who has had hard times. They both of grown up poor but are on there way to making a better life. Bump has been able to Vet school and the opportunity to start a ranch in Colorado and if he makes it profit in three years he can open his vet practice and not owe anything to the man who has set him up. Millie knows animals and is not afraid of hard work. When they get to CO they don't realize how really rural the ranch is. We are talking the period during WWII where everything is not powered or having running water in the house. They still have an outhouse. They have lots of challenges to overcome and they do it with a lot of grit and help. There are some wonderful characters in this story and is well written.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Really good. Could not put book down.
BuckeyeAngel 5 months ago
It’s Millie and Bump’s wedding day. Millie is dealing with something horrible that happened. She decides to leave it to God and go through with marrying the man she loves and starting a new life in Colorado. Once they arrive, there are many more bumps they must deal with but with Millie’s grandmother Oka joining them, they just might succeed. This was a decent book. It’s not the type I normally read, but that didn’t deter me. I can’t imagine being Millie in that time period and dealing with everything she had to deal with. I do think there should’ve been a warning about the situation Millie had been in, but I’m assuming it was a situation that happened in the previous book, which I hadn’t read. I recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Brittany--Ann 6 months ago
Millie discovers hope in the opportunity to move forward with her life, far from atrocities of her past. Sadly, Millie’s past is destined to become a major component of her future. Her choice between the two men she loves eventually creates questions in her mind regarding whether she has chosen the best course for her future. Opportunity awaits her and her new husband, Bump, as they set out to brave new worlds in the mountains of Colorado, far from the heartache in Mississippi. The challenges they face appear insurmountable when they realize that their “new” homestead is uninhabitable. Using every moment of daylight Millie and Bump attempt what appears to be the impossible, but their perseverance rewards them with an inhabitable farmstead and outbuildings with 5,000 acres of land to raise horses and beef cattle. Julie Cantrell has received numerous awards for her debut novel, “Into The Free,” which has been optioned by a production studio with hopes of bringing her story to the big screen! Julie’s sequel to “Into The Free” surpassed my expectations! Her attention to detail is outstanding, and her characters are so well illustrated that I felt myself living Millie’s life throughout the story! Vivid portrayals of the landscape throughout Millie and Bump’s journey to the Rocky Mountains are eloquent, from the yellow flowers Millie so loves to the mountains that greet them. The hardships and disillusions they face are realistic and believable. As with Julie’s debut novel, I feel that “When Mountains Move” is an exceptional work of artistic creativity. I highly recommend this inspiring book!
Anonymous 6 months ago
One of the best books that I have read in a while. Good plot. Good character development. Well written.
Deb-Krenzer 7 months ago
This poor couple, not only did they have just the usual first year of marriage problems, they had everything else you could think of thrown at them. These were the days that I would not have wanted to live in. No electricity, no indoor plumbing, no, I like the necessities of life. The story was good and I really got into it. It was very touching and deep in so many ways. When Bump and Millie move to Colorado out in the middle of nowhere, that is where things are good and bad for them. This was really an entertaining story that kept me glued to the pages. I think there was an overabundance of praying going on, however, I guess I would have been doing the same thing if I were in their shoes. I just can't say enough how much I enjoyed the story and how well it was written. I know I am being redundant, but it seriously was that good. I want to thank Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book by providing me a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this and would like more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so relieved to know that Julie Cantrell continued the story of Millie. I was left not wanting, but needing more after Into the Free. When Mountains Move, picks up perfectly where the previous novel leaves off.  As much as I loved this book, there's a few things I felt that it was lacking. A few story lines I wish the author would have elaborated on. Several of the conflicts that arise between the characters seem to be swept over much to quickly. Most notably Millie and Katherine. Also, Millie and Bill Miller. I felt cheated with both of the resolutions of those character conflicts.  I highly recommend reading Into the Free first. You won't be completely lost- but it's a better experience reading them in order. I read both in a weekend. They are quick and easy reads, and completely enjoyable. 
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Merlindaughter More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional book. Read this. You won't be disappointed.
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Kathae More than 1 year ago
When Mountains Move seamlessly continues Millie's story. Like Into the Free, the book is deeply touching, and I can't recommend it highly enough!