When I began reading Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz red flags began waving at me. From the start the mention of gods and stone statues made me wonder if a book, that is marketed as a Christian book, is going to have any redemptive qualities; if the Gospel is going to be laid out before the characters, and thus the reader. It wasn't. Therefore the book, to me, is more a secular book than a Christian one.
That being said, I did like the characters. I felt bad for Ally, it seemed her life had included a lot of loss. Growing up in the south in the 1950’s and 60’s, when the climate was very cool, even at times hostile against white and black being friends. Ally befriends, Vesey Washington, a boy who lives across the Molasses Creek from her, a life long friend, but out of reach.
She suffers the loss of a child. The death of her parents. The death of who she could have been.
She collected statues of foreign gods, and angels during her years of travels, and had them set up in the yard of her childhood home after the death of her father. She would go out to find comfort in her garden of statues, but of course there wasn’t any comfort there, it can only be found in the One True God of the Bible.
I give Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz 3.5 stars out of 5, I thought Nicole’s descriptions were very good and I could see the scenes and the people within the pages. If this book was marketed as a secular book I would give it a better rating than I am able to knowing that it is in the Christian market.
Three lives are bound by a 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 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.
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.
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