REVIEW: Into the Free by Julie Cantrell

Millie Reynolds has enough awful luck for a lifetime before she’s even 17 years old.  Her abusive father and drug-addicted mother complicate her growing up years.  Thank goodness for the neighbor Sloth who helps Millie cope with her difficult surroundings.

Millie’s in-town grandparents completely ignore Millie and their daughter (her mom) since the mom chose to marry good-for-nothing Jack.  Jack, a rodeo star, seems to stop by the house just to beat on Millie’s mom and drive off drunk.  What a model he sets.  And, Millie despises him.

At age 16 Millie realizes why her mom takes the drugs and Millie sets out to learn more about her family history.  She is encouraged by a band of Romany gypsies that visit the town each summer.  The elderly gypsy gives Millie an actual key to a box which holds Millie’s mom’s treasures.

Jack, to me, is a sorry excuse for a father.  He’s not around, though he does pay the rent for the shack in which his wife and daughter live.  Oddly the rodeo folks admire him and are surprised somewhat to hear that he abuses his wife.

Bump (Kenneth) is another man in the story who contrasts Jack by 180 degrees.  Bump is training to be a veterinarian and he works for the rodeo.  Right from the start you can tell he’s sweet on Millie.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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