REVIEW: 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.


Millie discovers hope in the opportunity to move forward with her life, far from atrocities of her past. Sadly, Millie’s past is destined to become a major component of her future. Her choice between the two men she loves eventually creates questions in her mind regarding whether she has chosen the best course for her future. Opportunity awaits her and her new husband, Bump, as they set out to brave new worlds in the mountains of Colorado, far from the heartache in Mississippi. The challenges they face appear insurmountable when they realize that their “new” homestead is uninhabitable. Using every moment of daylight Millie and Bump attempt what appears to be the impossible, but their perseverance rewards them with an inhabitable farmstead and outbuildings with 5,000 acres of land to raise horses and beef cattle.

Julie Cantrell has received numerous awards for her debut novel, “Into The Free,” which has been optioned by a production studio with hopes of bringing her story to the big screen! Julie’s sequel to “Into The Free” surpassed my expectations! Her attention to detail is outstanding, and her characters are so well illustrated that I felt myself living Millie’s life throughout the story! Vivid portrayals of the landscape throughout Millie and Bump’s journey to the Rocky Mountains are eloquent, from the yellow flowers Millie so loves to the mountains that greet them. The hardships and disillusions they face are realistic and believable. As with Julie’s debut novel, I feel that “When Mountains Move” is an exceptional work of artistic creativity. I highly recommend this inspiring book!


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