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A simple girl with anything but a simple story. In Depression-era Mississippi, Millie Reynolds longs to escape the madness that marks her world. With an abusive father and a “nothing mama,” she struggles to find a place where she really belongs. For answers, Millie turns to the gypsies who caravan through town each spring. The travelers lead Millie to a key that unlocks generations of shocking family secrets. When tragedy strikes, the mysterious contents of the box give Millie the tools she needs to break her family’s long-standing cycle of madness and abuse. Through it all, Millie experiences the thrill of first love while fighting to trust the God she believes has abandoned her. With the power of forgiveness, can Millie finally make her way into the free?
©2012 Julie Cantrell (P)2012 Oasis
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By Debbie on 04-29-15

Depression Era Mississippi and Generational Curses

One of the best southern fiction books . . . captures the very essence of growing up in the south . . . the horrible hypocrisy that exists in some churches and some people . . . yet the inescapable HOPE that comes only from God and His followers . . . And the miracle of how God puts special people in the lives of children, even in the midst of turmoil and abuse, and leads them through the valley, continually toward answers . . . and toward good. There's no sugar coating here . . . no covering up "the ugly" . . . and there's plenty of it . . . Millie is the daughter of a cowboy, who beats her mother, nearly killing her . . . and her mama won't leave . . . in fact, she defends him . . . so Millie escapes by climbing her sweet gum tree or going fishing with her friend, Sloth. Or she reads. And she comes home and nurses her mother's wounds, while her daddy's gone off to another rodeo. This is a great listen . . . full of insight into the generational pain that haunts families . . . and the courage of one girl to confront it and choose a different path for herself.

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By HolySpiritHog on 07-07-17

Wow! Just, yes!!

First, the narrator is my favorite!! Her sweet southern accent, perfect annunciation, and charm had me leaning into this book like taking a rest against a sweet gum tree sipping ice tea on a hot day. The story is a wonderful southern getaway. I fell in love with the main character, Millie. Laughed, cried and even prayed for her, it felt to real. You won't be sorry. I miss it already.

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By tina on 03-26-14

i was hooked a very enjoyable story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A heart wrenching story but with a twist of happiness. Looking forward to the sequel.

Have you listened to any of Luci Christian Bell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

It brought back memories of living in the south. Her voice was mesmerising and made me smile

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A times it made me want to cry but then Millie's' character was so loveable and strong it made me smile .

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By William on 03-04-16

Loved this one!

Julie can paint a clear picture such that we were drawn in to the story right to the end. We got to know, love and even despise the characters, feel the pains, share the joys and even see a sunset so beautifully painted with her words. A real talent, an engaging story that we happily recommend. Luci does a wonderful job of narration as well, complimenting the undoubted talent of Julie. One of our favourites!!

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