A simple girl with anything but a simple story. 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 long-standing 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?
©2012 Julie Cantrell (P)2012 Oasis
Julie can paint a clear picture such that we were drawn in to the story right to the end. We got to know, love and even despise the characters, feel the pains, share the joys and even see a sunset so beautifully painted with her words. A real talent, an engaging story that we happily recommend. Luci does a wonderful job of narration as well, complimenting the undoubted talent of Julie. One of our favourites!!
"Depression Era Mississippi and Generational Curses"
One of the best southern fiction books . . . captures the very essence of growing up in the south . . . the horrible hypocrisy that exists in some churches and some people . . . yet the inescapable HOPE that comes only from God and His followers . . . And the miracle of how God puts special people in the lives of children, even in the midst of turmoil and abuse, and leads them through the valley, continually toward answers . . . and toward good. There's no sugar coating here . . . no covering up "the ugly" . . . and there's plenty of it . . . Millie is the daughter of a cowboy, who beats her mother, nearly killing her . . . and her mama won't leave . . . in fact, she defends him . . . so Millie escapes by climbing her sweet gum tree or going fishing with her friend, Sloth. Or she reads. And she comes home and nurses her mother's wounds, while her daddy's gone off to another rodeo. This is a great listen . . . full of insight into the generational pain that haunts families . . . and the courage of one girl to confront it and choose a different path for herself.
This a a wonderful story, it gets you hooked right from the start, It takes a really good book to make me cry.
The emotional journey it takes you on
I really enjoyed this book. Narrator did a awesome job. Can't wait to see more by this author and narrator.
"Dark and somewhat depressing"
Very well written and extremely sensitive, but not a book to read when you need something uplifting and encouraging. It is enlightening to those two have not experienced the hardships that might destroy those who do not believe that God works all things together for good for those who love the Lord.
The performance was great. The book, amazing. I'm excited to have found a new author.
written with great descriptive southern style. of pain and survival and the human condition. yet full of love and faith. the narrator is exceptional.
"An unexpected treasure"
Yes because of the lyrical writing and the pleasure of listening to Luci Christian Bell's brilliant narration.
This is my first encounter with her but in future I will search for books read by her.I am addicted.
Millie is unforgettable,but all the main characters are beautifully developed and complex and therefore memorable in their own right.
I recommend this book unconditionally but I believe my enjoyment was greatly enhanced by the beautiful narration .
"Superbly written, moving story"
The narrators voice and accent were wonderful, I think she enhanced the story with her charming accent. I think the audio offered extra added bonus with the narrator performance giving a different experience.
Millie was my favorite character. She endures a great deal
When she catches up to finally get her happiness and go off into the free
Into the free
Love love loved this book
"Trite, Predictable and Overplayed."
I would hope not to. :/
Anything else well written.
Performance is different from storyline, but still poor. As a Southern woman, I can tell you the reader was overplaying a canned dialect. It would be so much nicer if Audible would find better readers for their characters.
Editor? I would have red-marked most of the characters half-expected, overplayed and trite traumatic experiences. Seemed to me to be a non-Southern writer's attempt at capturing a Tennessee Williams type storyline.... dramatic backdrop, included. Unless you've grown up in the deep South, you don't understand all the rich nuances that were being attempted to be written into this story. This author tried, yet failed miserably.
"i was hooked a very enjoyable story"
A heart wrenching story but with a twist of happiness. Looking forward to the sequel.
It brought back memories of living in the south. Her voice was mesmerising and made me smile
A times it made me want to cry but then Millie's' character was so loveable and strong it made me smile .
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