Monday, July 11, 2016

When Mountains Move Book Review


About the Book
 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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts
You know it’s a good book when you are still thinking about it days after reading the end. I have mixed feelings about this novel. I love the setting and the characters are so very well written. I felt like I really got to know everyone in the story. This is book two and I hadn’t read the first one. I know I missed some things but I enjoyed it and still understood what was going on. So I’ll try to break this down because my thoughts are jumbled.
The Good
Wow, talk about writing about real life! From the start the story revolves around a terrible rape that occurs in the previous novel. (Don’t worry I didn’t spoil anything it’s in the first page!) Nothing is graphic about it, but it’s still the knowledge that someone did that. Anyway, there is that and then a marriage and all the many trials it can bring, including some shocking news. There is in depth family struggles and moving on in life struggles. Not that these things are good but they create a great story. I just really loved the overall aspect of this entire storyline. I think the author did a splendid job on creating characters and a solid novel. 

The Part That I’m Not So Sure About
Keep in mind, while I loved this book there are some things that I’m not so sure about. This book is promoted by a Christian publisher but some of the things were in the grey area. Cheating (nothing graphic) not only physically but mentally fantasizing of someone else. Though I get the point I don’t think remorse or guilt was addressed hardly at all.  There is also a bit of Native American history and that includes the mention of palm reading and their religion. (Which I find very interesting because of the culture but it was accepted as truth in this book). God doesn’t seem to be in this book much though implied. I only mention these things because it’s promoted by a Christian publisher. Lastly there is a really gruesome chapter involving a mountain lion that I thought could have been edited a bit. (Probably bothers me more than most because I know we have mountains lions everywhere where I live. : ) 

Otherwise it’s a beautiful tale written with a lot of talent.

“ I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review.”

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