Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Julie Cantrell
Publisher: David C Cook
“I am living a lie, and I don’t know how to fix this. I don’t know how to make this choice. Either way, someone gets hurt. So, I just wait, and hope God chooses for me. That the burden will no longer be mine,” Millie confesses in Julie Cantrell’s novel, When Mountains Move.
This four hundred and six page paperback book is targeted toward young adults and older who enjoy stories about trust in relationships. With topics of physical abuse and assault, the Christian historical fiction continues the life of Millie Reynolds during World War Two in the States. At the end of the book, there are sixteen reader’s guide questions, seven writing prompts, acknowledgements, chapter notes and bibliography. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
Millie has fallen deeply in love and has chosen Bump Anderson in Iti Talao, Mississippi even though she is hiding a deep, heartbreaking secret of incomprehensible shame. Convinced she can create a new persona as Mrs. Anderson, she agrees to marry the young, handsome rodeo man.
After they marry, Bump and Millie move to the Colorado Rockies to start up a five thousand acre ranch owned by her husband’s boss. With unanswered questions about the land and its history, the two forge ahead in not only repairing the homestead, they begin to learn more about each other.
With husband and wife dealing with personal issues, troubles color the paradise they hoped to find. Trying desperately to erase and forget her past, Millie has to face her demons straight on while Bump fears failure at every turn.
As the couple get to know the land and the people in the area, they must learn to trust one another in their marriage and in dealing with the ranch. As hard as they try, they both yearn to be free from the past, even if it takes moving mountains to get there.
Cantrell continues the tale of Millie as she matures into a grown woman who must depend on her instincts, her husband and most of all, God, as He is in control of the outcome, good or bad. Although there is much repetition explaining the prior book, the reader becomes engaged in living out West where elements, animals and land are prioritized as the married couple learn about love, faith and hope.
This book was furnished by Book Club Network Inc. in lieu of an unbiased review.