Review: Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Age recommendation: Young adult, Adult
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.
I had a hard time finishing this book. When I requested for it, I was optimistic about it but my optimism waned as I read the book. The story was meaningful and good life lessons can be learned from it, but being the thrill-seeker that I am, I found it difficult to read as the story got slower 2/3 of the way through the book. It just wasn’t exciting enough for me.
Ally and Vesey’s story is heartwarming and sad at the same time. Two souls, love, and sorrow. To be honest, I found the ending to their story depressing. Even the beginning of their story was depressing! While it can’t be blamed on their relationship, I like to think that Ally’s actions as a young adult was indirectly linked to their relationship that couldn’t happened. The whole situation is just such a sad problem – a relationship broken down because of racial issues.
Beyond Molasses Creek is the perfect book for you if you enjoy cozy mystery with a dash of romance in it. While it did not really suit my tastes, I grew to appreciate the way issues are presented in such a manner that they cause us to think deeper about them and make us want to explore them even further.
About the author
Nicole Seitz is the author several novels – Beyond Molasses Creek, 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 web site at www.nicoleseitz.com.
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