Happy Monday everyone! You know that old saying about a bumper crop? Well this month, we have a bumper crop of new books at BelleView! Today, I have the incredible blessing of sharing with you Belle Wednesday, Julie Cantrell’s, much anticipated new offering, When Mountains Move.
I can’t think of a nicer girl to share a release month with, and let me be the first to say that this is a read you shouldn’t miss. In her sequel to Into the Free, Julie again follows the life of the strong, determined, yet wonderfully fragile Millie, as she seeks to find her way from childhood into an adult life while still carrying painful secrets that threaten to upturn everything. In case you haven’t checked it out yet, here is a synopsis of the book from the back cover:
It is the spring of 1943. With a wedding and a cross-country move, Millie’s world is about to change forever.
I’m happy to say that the chance to read this book early as Julie was still working on it, and it was a joy to spend time in Millie’s world, and to watch Millie journey into a young marriage and a new life as a rancher’s wife in the mountains of Colorado as the realities of World War II rumble in the background. What do I love most about Millie? She is so very real, particularly for a bride in an era when many women married young. At seventeen, she is part woman, part child, but cast into the role of keeper of a house, a ranch, and a family. Like many of us, she worries, she suffers insecurities, she keeps secrets, she wonders if she is worthy of the life she really wants. She struggles to leave behind past pain. She struggles to believe that what she has to say is worth hearing. She struggles to find her own voice.
So often, our stories are lost because we don’t think they are worth telling. But the reality is that all stories teach, and Millie’s is no exception.There are lessons here, and they are beautiful lessons about letting go of the past, about building from where you are, about having the courage to accept change and to move forward. About the giving and receiving of love. About how God can take the most horrible things that happen to us and use them for something good.Millie’s story resonates not only with the beauty of that mountain landscape, but with poignant observations, assured writing, and a sweetness you will both treasure and savor as you read it.
When do mountains move?
When we believe that it is possible.
In honor of When Mountains Move, Julie has a special giveaway for us this week:
As a special treat, I’ve got an authentic Choctaw medicine bag up for grabs. It was made by artisans with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw.
Some of you may wonder what a medicine bag is exactly. Many of my Choctaw friends wear a bag around their neck, beneath their shirts. They wear this every day, usually concealed from the general public. Each person’s bag holds a private collection of special items, and no one tells anyone else what is in his/her own bag.
Items enclosed may include a snippet of hair from a loved one, a rock or small stick from a special, sacred place, protective herbs, etc.
If you’d like to enter the drawing to receive your very own Choctaw medicine bag, please comment below including your email address so I can be sure to contact the winner.
Your medicine bag will come with no contents, and I encourage you to find a few special tokens to put in your bag. Special symbols that show what is important to you…something to represent your faith, your family, your friends, and yourself.
As the Choctaw say, Yakokih!