About the Book:
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.
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 www.nicoleseitz.com for more information.