Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Beyond Molasses Creek Book Review

I have another great book to tell you about today called Beyond Molasses Creek written by Nicole Seitz. As per my normal way of doing a book review I like to give you an excerpt from the book and then tell you how I saw the story unfold in my words.
Three lives are bound by s 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 wondering 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.
My Thoughts:

This story is set in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. where Ally was born and raised. Her father was a country doctor and they lived across the Molasses Creek from the Washingtons, a black family, whose son Vesey, was good friends with Ally. Trouble was, Vesey loved her like a friend but she was in love with him. When she saw that nothing was going to happen between them she fled South Carolina and became a flight attendant. She had an affair with a pilot and got pregnant and went home to have her baby, which was a girl, and promptly left Molasses Creek again, taking her daughter with her.

She decided to go to Nepal to find herself and one day while sitting at a cafe, someone stole her daughter, Constance. She grieved the rest of her life for her daughter. She had several failed marriages and finally when her father died, she had to come back to Molasses Creek.

While she had been away, Vesey had married and had several children. He had lost a son in the war and was living by himself. Ally knew she still cared for Vesey and one day she found him almost dead from a severe heart attack. He only lived a few days but he told Ally to scatter his ashes near the oyster beds close to where he had always wanted a new house. Ally wasn't sure she wanted to go on living either until one day a phone call changed her life forever, a call from a faraway place she never wanted to think about ever again in her life, Nepal.

I am stopping here. You really need to get the book and read it! It is heartbreaking and sad but also will make you cheer Ally on and feel for her in ways that only you will understand. It is not a fairy tale love wins all in the end but a reality check into what life is really all about and what can happen if you lose sight of what is really important in life.

Happy reading!

About Nicole:

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 for more information.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by images from Mary Bearden and from my still very cranky camera!