Feb 6, 2012

Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz

Three lives are bound by a single book . . . and the cleansing waters of Molasses Creek.

Having traveled to the ends of the earth as a flight attendant, Ally Green has finally returned to the Lowcountry to bury her father as well as the past. But Vesey Washington is still living across the creek, and theirs is a complicated relationship—he was once her best friend . . . and also part of the reason she’s stayed away so long. When Ally discovers a message her father left behind asking her to quit running, it seems her past isn’t through with her yet.

As Ally’s wandering spirit wrestles with a deep longing to flee again, a young woman on the other side of the world escapes her life of slavery in the rock quarries of Nepal. A mysterious sketchbook leads Sunila Kunari to believe there’s more to her story than she’s ever been told, and she’s determined to follow the truth wherever it leads her.

A deep current intertwines the lives of these three souls, and a destiny of freedom, faith, and friendship awaits them all on the banks of Molasses Creek.

Nicole Seitz is the author of several critically acclaimed novels - The Inheritance of Beauty, Saving Cicadas, A Hundred Years of Happiness, Trouble the Water, and The Spirit of Sweetgrass. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism, and also has a degree in Illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design. Her paintings are featured on the covers of her books. Visit her at @NicoleSeitz, Facebook and www.nicoleseitz.com for more information.

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I have read several earlier novels written by Nicole Seitz, and really enjoyed them. I can't honestly say that I loved this book from the beginning. I struggled through the first several chapters, but I am so glad I was persistent. When things finally came together at about the half way mark, I was hooked and couldn't wait to find out what would happen.

Thinking back to Allie's life, I couldn't help but empathize. From her earliest childhood days, she was forbidden to spend time with her best friend Vesey, a black boy who lived on the opposite side of Molasses Creek. Circumstances beyond their control separated them for many years, and the story really begins when the pair is in their sixties and looking back at what they shared together, and also what they missed out on.

Deep personal hurts and disappointments kept Allie from facing her true feelings and she had a history of running whenever things got tough. After her father died, she finally came back home and was forced to take a look at all the things that shaped her as a person and as a friend. Her best friend Vesey was still there, living in the same house on the other side of Molasses Creek.

The main focus in this story is one of timeless and unconditional friendship.  No matter what happened throughout the years for Allie and Vesey, their strong roots and camaraderie is quietly and simply celebrated.  Overall, this is a fantastic story that I highly recommend.

Disclosure: Book received through Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much, Janet! Glad you persisted. Nicole