Cantrell is a fresh voice in the Christian fiction market whose first book Into the Free won two Christy Awards, and who now returns to complete the story with When Mountains Move.
This newest novel set in the early 1940s takes up exactly where Into the Free leaves off. Seventeen year old Millie (Millicent) has decided she will marry Bump (Kenneth) and leave with him to run a Colorado ranch for Mr. Tucker. She's put aside any dream of reuniting with the young gypsy boy River, but cannot quiet the nightmares that remind her of Mr. Miller's cruel attack. As the young couple work tirelessly to restore the long abandoned buildings on the ranch and prepare it for the cattle and horses that will soon arrive, Millie finds herself pregnant. Wishing she had told Bump about Miller's attack before their wedding, she tries to hide her pregnancy as long as possible. Shortly after their arrival in Colorado, her grandmother joins the young couple in their rough new life, and Millie begins to learn more of her family history, including the generational violence that haunted her childhood. When a beautiful neighbor seems to be seducing Bump, Millie wonders if she will ever have a chance for a happy life.
It had been more than six months since I had read Into the Free, but Cantrell so successfully plunged me back into the story that I quickly remembered Millicent's troubled and emotional story. Mountain lions, a ranch hand with a mysterious past, memories of the gentle gypsy, an unwanted pregnancy, and
tales of her Choctaw heritage all add to this rich story of a young, struggling marriage. Find copies of both books and read them as one story. You will not be disappointed. I received an ecopy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes. All opinions are mine.