Beyond Molasses Creek
Beyond Molasses Creek
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Back of the book:
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 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.
From the beginning pages I fell in love with this novel. It reads like a classic Southern fiction tale. The story is beautifully written about a very sad time in our country’s history. Throughout the narrative you are swept between Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and Kathmandu, Nepal. Ms. Seitz’s way with words puts you right in the midst of these complex places. In my opinion this one is going to hang around for a long time.
I do feel that it is important to point out that although it is published by Thomas Nelson, I personally wouldn’t consider it Christian fiction. Since parts of the story are set in Kathmandu it has a lot of references to Hinduism. I wish that the ending were more forthcoming about some of the main character’s faith, but I still loved the way it read. The prevailing themes are ones of forgiveness and second chances.
This would be a wonderful book for reading groups. It includes very thought provoking questions in the back of the book. I’m looking forward to sharing this with my friends. You can be sure that I will be reading more by Nicole Seitz.
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