It’s a Belle Book Club Week for Julie Cantrell’s When Mountains Move

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.

9780781404259_3D (3)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.

 
If only her past could change with it.
 
Soon after the break of day, Bump will become Millie’s husband. And then, if all goes as planned, they will leave the rain-soaked fields of Mississippi and head for the wilds of the Colorado Rockies. As Millie tries to forget a dark secret, she hasn’t yet realized how drastically those past experiences will impact the coming days.
For most of Millie’s life, being free felt about as unlikely as the mountains moving. But she’s about to discover that sometimes in life, we are given second chances, and that the only thing bigger than her past … is her future.

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.

– Lisa

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In honor of When Mountains Move, Julie has a special giveaway for us this week:

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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!

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 The Sea Glass Sisters is free on Kindle/Nook/E-reader this week!

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  1. Melanie Backus says

    Good morning, Lisa! What do you say about a book that stirs you. moves you, draws you in and won’t let go…this is When Mountains Move. With Julie’s beautiful words, a story of life, heartache, strength and love was formed. A bumper crop is right, with The Prayer Box and When Mountains Move, a reader has the best of the best with these two books. Love coming to the porch to visit with you girls!

    I would love to be a winner! melback at cebridge dot net Thank you!

  2. says

    Another wonderful week ahead on the porch! I love talking about books and THE PRAYER BOX and WHEN MOUNTAINS MOVE are exceptional! I was completely enthralled with Millie’s story in both of Julie’s magnificent novels! WHEN MOUNTAINS MOVE is a beautifully woven of story of human resilience that will lingers, on your mind and in your heart, long after the story has ended.

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  3. says

    Hallo, Hallo Ms. Wingate!

    Yes, I second the sentiment shared above about having a second week of reading + bookish bliss to celebrate on the porch! :) I am a bit in the dark on this one, as I am still in the process of reading the first book Into the Free !! However, I always enjoy the process of learning about Belle books, and will tune in each day to see the progression of posts!

    I’ve been steadily reading two classics of late, since I was on Hatteras, (via The Prayer Box), settling into Longbourn and Pemberley (via Pride and Prejudice), and now I am inside Ms. Eyre’s world, as she’s about to embark on a journey that removes her from Lowood School for the first time! As you can see, I am attached to seeking out strong female characters who have a spirit of fortitude and an ability to overcome adversity!

    I thought it was smashingly fantastic that both of you, had a book releasing at the very same time! :) :) You both must have been quite over the moon!!

    I always felt that if a story bubbles to life inside your heart, taking root into your imaginative eye, and the seeds of which came from a place of pure inspiration and creativity, then, that surely is a story that needs to draw breath and be given life! Stories that root us into their core and setting, are writ in such a way as to light our life with sentiment of universal truths, and the achingly familiar pathways we all must walk in order to seek our true selves, as we obtain our voice and knuckle down in our resilience of our faith. I believe mountains start to move the moment we refuse to believe they are impossible obstacles, and keep our chins held high in the hope that one day, all can be overcome!

    I have a Zuni Indian medicine bottle which I found at a Native American craft and arts festival when I was quite young. The Zuni woman who helped me sort out which piece of hers would be best for me, imparted words of knowing wisdom, laying claim that the one that I first caught sight of was the one meant for me. I remember a few more fragments of that conversation, but the essence of which, never left me: there are some who walk this Earth with a knowing and of an enlightenment that not all of us are tuned into hearing. They are the truth seekers and guides that I am honoured to interact with time to time. I grew up surrounded by different tribes of Native Americans, as the city I was bourne in was enriched in artifacts, art galleries, book stores, and the festival I aforementioned. Their culture, traditions, and spirituality was always a draw for me to be inquisitive about as there was such radiant peace amongst those elders I spoke too.

    It would be a privilege and an honour to win such a cherished prize, as it would be my fourth piece of a Native American tribe that would have meaning and purpose in my life. Therefore, consider this my entry: [inkand-bookaways(at)usa(dot)net]

    • Lisa Wingate says

      Thank you, Jorie! I’m thrilled to be sharing a release month with Julie.

      And amen to this: “I always felt that if a story bubbles to life inside your heart, taking root into your imaginative eye, and the seeds of which came from a place of pure inspiration and creativity, then, that surely is a story that needs to draw breath and be given life!”

  4. Annette Davidson says

    So excited to learn of a new author to me to begin reading. The above comments have me intrigued and that is what draws me to new authors. I really appreciate when I have the opportunity to read what others write about an author I have never had the privilege of starting to read. I know she will be a great author to read especially with great reviews from you Lisa. I really enjoyed getting to visit with you last week at the Hewitt Public Library author dinner and talk. I do not think I will ever tire of hearing you speak. I really appreciated getting the autographed copy of your newest “The Prayer Box”. I finished last night and absoutely loved it.
    Blessings to you!.

  5. Rachel Hauck says

    Lisa, I love that… “When do mountains move?” When we believe the impossible.

    So very true.

    Julie, here’s to a GREAT success for your new book!

    Rachel

  6. Lisa Wingate says

    Thank you for stopping by the porch today, all! Melanie and Britney, thanks for celebrating with us. Annette, I know you’ll enjoy Julie’s book. And Rachel… hugs! Love ya, girl!

  7. Michelle Prince Morgan says

    I would love to win this bag. My mother in law was part indian. I wish I would have questioned her about her beleifs before she passed away. I missed her rich history.

  8. Shellie says

    Lisa, I’m late to the porch, (what else is new?) but I had to back up and see what you had to say yesterday. Yep– like I told BW, I was already excited about reading Julie’s new novel as I loved Into the Free, but now I’m extra stoked. I’m going to give myself that blessing tonight!

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