“Beyond Molasses Creek”, by Nicole Seitz, is one of those books that thoroughly shows you how different lives lived side-by-side, especially in the deep south, can be. It also shows you that cultures around the world can be vastly different yet intertwined at the same time. I was captivated by the characters in this story.
The character of Ally Green is like no other “Southern girl” I’ve ever met or read about. Her friendship with Vesey Washington, in the 1950’s no less, broke through racial barriers that are still seen in some parts of the country today. I love how the lives of these two characters are woven together. Beyond Molasses creek starts in present day but gives us good glimpses of the characters past. Nicole Seitz has thrown in a third lead character that takes the story in different directions before tying the entire novel together. It is wonderful how a young, female slave in Nepal, Sunila Kunari, is tied to Ally and how Vesey also impacts her life in a fantastic way. This book takes us through hard times and racial differences and ends by showing us the true meaning of real friendship and family as well as fining your place in unlikely places.
About the book:
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.
Beyond Molasses Creek is a tad confusing in parts as the story switches between characters so you really need to keep up with the storylines. If you do, you won’t be disappointed. The story is a fantastic one to read and you will find yourself rooting for the unlikely!
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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Nicole is celebrating the release of Beyond Molasses Creek with a fabulous “Friendship” Facebook party! She’ll be giving away a ton of great stuff (KINDLE TOUCH, some of her own beautiful artwork, a Book Club Prize Pack (10 copies of the book for your small group/book club and a Live Skype Chat with Nicole), and more!
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Beyond Molasses Creek for review purposes as a part of the Litfuse Blog Tour. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
Crystal is a stay-at-home- mom, living in KY with her husband and children. She is a travel and lifestyle blogger encouraging folks to live their life one adventure at a time while also focusing on beauty, essential oils and health. From time to time she also likes to showcase her adorable pets along with her family. Along with Cinnamon Hollow she can be found at The Martin Family Adventure … read more