In a few hours, Millie will say “I do” to Bump Anderson, a man who loves her through and through. But would he love her if he knew the secret she keeps?
Millie’s mind is racing and there seems to be no clear line between right and wrong. Either path leads to pain, and she’ll do anything to protect the ones she loves. So she decides to bury the truth and begin again, helping Bump launch a ranch in the wilds of Colorado. But just when she thinks she’s left her old Mississippi life behind, the facts surface in the most challenging way.
That’s when Millie’s grandmother, Oka, arrives to help. Relying on her age-old Choctaw traditions, Oka teaches Millie the power of second chances. Millie resists, believing redemption is about as likely as moving mountains. But Oka stands strong, modeling forgiveness as the only true path to freedom.
Together, Bump, Millie, and Oka fight against all odds to create a sustainable ranch, all while learning that the important lessons of their pasts can be used to build a beautiful future.
I’ve been a fan of Julie Cantrell since reading her book, The Feathered Bone. I learned from that book that Cantrell writes honestly, without artificiality. My favorite authors are ones that write honestly about the human condition. Cantrell provides the same level of honest writing in this book.
I didn’t realize this book was a sequel until after I had begun reading it. Although I did not read the first book, it did not impact my understanding of events in this book. It definitely stands on its own. The characters are engaging and endearing in this book, but what makes it so very good is the message of unconditional love and trust. Readers see this particularly in the character of Bump. However, readers also see that sometimes the most difficult person to forgive is ourself.
This is a great story of forging a new and better life and the possibility of doing so despite pain and hardship of the past. If you like stories of characters with depth who overcome struggles, you will enjoy this book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.