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Into the Free by Julie Cantrell
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Jun 20, 2012

it was amazing
Read from June 20 to July 02, 2012

I picked up this book because the description talked about gypsies, and I definitely got what I bargained for...and more! Set in 1930s Mississippi, this is a novel stuffed full of mystery, family, and small-town life with a dash of mysticism. Millie lives with her mother and occasionally with her father, Jack, who is a rodeo king and on the road a lot. Her mother is addicted to painkillers, and to try and break her of that habit, Jack beats her savagely. As a child, Millie escapes into the trees outside the former slave cabin where her family lives; at 16, she escapes into the arms of a gypsy boy named River.

River moves on, as gypsies do, but he promises to see if Millie can come with him. Before Millie can run away with him, though, Jack comes the closest he has ever come to beating her mother to death, and Millie must stay behind to care for her. Along the way, she loses people close to her, relies on the ghost of her beloved neighbor to guide her, and discovers her family history through the help of strangers and friends alike.

I fell in love with this book almost instantly: the writing, the adventure, the heartbreak all consumed me. Get ready to cry.

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