Tuesday, September 3, 2013

When Mountains Move-Julie Cantrell

When Mountains Move

Julie Cantrell

David C. Cook, Sep 1 2013, $14.99

ISBN 9780781404259

In Iti Talao, Mississippi Millie Reynolds grew up in a dysfunctional family as her father was an angry serial abuser and her mother a pathetic" nothing mama". She wanted to find a safe house, but believed that God and people abandoned her before and even after her parents died as her guardian raped her (see Into the Free).

In 1943 she and Bump Anderson meet and fall in love. She sees him as her savior but Millie also conceals from her beloved the shame and trauma that still haunts her. The married couple travels to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado to start up a new ranch for Cauy Tucker. Millie’s grandmother Oka comes to live on the ranch. Meanwhile Kat decides Bump belongs to her and will do what is needed to send her mousy rival back to the Deep South.

The sequel to the Christian Fiction Christy Awards Book of the Year in 2012 continues the strong emotional tale as Millie affirms that the adult remains the child. Bump with personal issues of his own; Oka with guilt re her granddaughter; and Cauy with his controversial ranch enhance the deep look at Millie’s troubled soul. Although Kat feels unnecessary as she causes a crisis between the Anderson couple who have plenty of more fascinating psychological issues to deal with, readers will appreciate this profound inspirational historical.

Harriet Klausner

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