When I read my first Cantrell novel I knew she was going to be a favorite. This gifted writer doesn't write easy. She takes the reader on a journey, a deep heart tugging, thought pondering story that leaves you thinking about your own life and circumstances. She brings the reader characters that are real and leave us thinking of them long after we have closed the last page. Yes, Cantrell writes unforgettable stories.
I love this novel and the reality of emotions that Julie brings to each character she introduces us to. The story flows easily. Love, faith, and endurance are weaved in this story. This is a novel that will leave you wanting to hug your children tighter and embrace all you treasure, family, friendship, and faith. We realize what's really important in life and what doesn't matter at all in the big scheme of things.
For me this novel is deep, but deep is what I enjoy the most. Life doesn't always go smooth and easy. Trials and fears attack us when we least expect them. Cantrell brings a story that touches on issues we would rather not think about, but issues that are very real and personal.
This is a gem and I'm so thankful I had the pleasure of reviewing it. Another beauty penned by Cantrell.
This novel was a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you.
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 Read lists.