BookSneeze Tour: “Beyond Molasses Creek” by Nicole Seitz

Three Lives are Bound by a Single Book…

Book Blurb:

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.

Excerpt.

Bio:

Nicole received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.F.A. in Illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design. Her freelance articles have been in The Island Packet, The Bluffton Packet, and South Carolina Magazine. Nicole is also a published illustrator, and her artwork has been exhibited in Southern art galleries. Her novels feature her paintings/illustrations on the covers.

Nicole Seitz was named “Best Local Author Who Also Paints” in Charleston City Paper’s Best of Charleston 2009, and in 2007, she was named one of Charleston Regional Business Journal‘s “Forty Under 40” for her professional successes and community involvement. Nicole enjoys meeting her readers and book clubs and often speaks to groups on writing, art and faith. In 2009, she spoke as part of the Southern Literary Festival during Piccolo Spoleto. In 2008, she gave the Baccalaureate address for the College of Charleston. An artist at heart, Nicole enjoys painting pictures with words and bringing her characters to life through detail and dialect. She lives in the Charleston, South Carolina, area with her husband, Brian, and their two children, teaches art at a local private school, and is currently writing her next novel.

Source.

My Review:

In Beyond Molasses Creek, by Nicole Seitz, Ally Green is now close to sixty years old.  She’s returned to bury her dad; build her own Garden of Dreams with the statues of gods and goddesses bought from other countries; and hopefully stop running.  Her old friend, Vesey Washington, is still in his old home place.  Their friendship spanned fifty years, though mostly hidden.  You see, Ally is white and Vesey is black.  A forbidden relationship.

Ally never got over Vesey, but she moved on to become a stewardess.  While employed, she had a relationship outside of marriage with a pilot and became pregnant.  The rules of the airline made her quit her job.  She returned home to have her baby, Candace.  It was then she found Vesey married.

She became restless and searching for peace once again, so she went to Nepal to the Garden of Dreams.  While there, her baby was snatched. All the years from early childhood, Ally had her sketchbook with her, but it disappeared when her daughter went missing.  After not finding her daughter, Ally joined another airline and continued to run until her father died.

One of Nicole’s uniqueness’s in her book is that you get two stories in one–Sunila in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Ally in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.  Nicole’s characters are so inviting and personal.  They create their own stories just through their interactions, reactions, and circumstances.  Vesey, too, was a wonderful, sensitive character.  The continual restlessness of Ally is palpable.  The story line is very well written and easy to follow, and in itself, I truly enjoyed it.

However, since this is billed as a Christian novel, I felt that more attention was set on the gods and goddesses than on the person of Jesus Christ, something that surprised me coming from a Thomas Nelson book. I will admit that Ally found no peace with the idols throughout the whole book.  The other episode that really upset me is the outright lie of fatherhood.  The truth will set you free.  Telling the truth lets the Lord work out the wrinkles in the other person’s life.

This book was provided by Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest opinion.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.


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