Friday, February 10, 2012

Blog Tour: Beyond Molasses Creek

About 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 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.

My Comments:
I read a lot and I read quickly.  It is very rare for me to slow down, and read things word for word, hearing the voices in my head, and even rarer for me to actually take the time to read one of my books aloud.  I read a couple of chapters of Beyond Molasses Creek aloud because the language was just that beautiful.  Nicole Seitz can really make words sing.

I enjoyed the story too.  Ally has always been looking for a love she can't have, and always moving from place to place, never putting down roots.  She has people who love her, people who she loves, but she never manages to be a peace with herself or with them. She becomes more settled after the events in the book, but is still running from the truth.

Though classified as Christian fiction, it is definitely on the non-religious end of the spectrum.  While Vesey and Ally's dad definitely believe in heaven, I'm not sure what Ally believes.  She didn't have a religious experience in the book and while the resolution may be considered an answer to a prayer, there was no big "Thank God" scene.  In short, I don't see any reason someone with a different faith or no faith would have a problem with this book.

I've like to thank the nice folks at Litfuse for sending me a review copy.   This review is part of a tour; you can find the other reviews and posts at the tour homepage.  Grade A

 About the Author:
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.


  1. I have seen a few great reviews for this book. I love when the words in a book are beautiful. I will have to keep an eye out for this book!

  2. This one sounds really good. You don't give out many A's either!

  3. She definitely has a different style of writing which I enjoyed and I'm looking forward to reading another book by this author sometime soon. I didn't care for the ending of the book but other than it was good. I totally agree with your review. :-) Nice!

    XOXO~ Renee C.


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