When Mountains Move
by Julie Cantrell
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.
My Thoughts: 4½ Stars!
This is book 2 in the series, but it can be read as a stand-alone book …. and it was wonderful! I would highly recommend reading the first in the series though – Into the Free – simply because it was just as good (if not better!) than this book. I would have given them both 5 stars, because they are books that I will remember and think about for a very long time, except for the fact that there were a couple of places that were a bit too explicit for being published by a Christian publishing company.
Not to say that these books are “dirty” or anything along those lines – because they certainly are not – but without giving away a key part of each book, I will just have to state that I think those particular instances that I am referencing could have been written a bit differently so as not to offend any readers that purchase Christian fiction to avoid such scenes.
Set in the Depression-era (1930’s-1940’s) Mississippi, the author gives such fabulous descriptions of the time and places that you feel as if you were there. Again, I feel these descriptions were much more vivid and moving in her first book Into the Free, but I found myself feeling the same emotions being brought right back out as I read When Mountains Move.
I’ve been very impressed by Julie Cantrell’s writing, and I will certainly continue to read her work. If you are looking for a book that will draw you in further and further as you read, I would highly recommend you pick this one up!
*Sincere thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers and The Fiction Guild for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review.