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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Beyond Molasses Creek

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By Nicole A.Seitz

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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.
Review
This was the first book I've ready by Nicole Seitz.  It was hard to get into the book at first - each character tells part of the story in first-person but about 1/3 way through the book you realize that their lives are all intertwined - particularly Ally and Sunila's lives.  You know that Ally is returning home after her father's death and that she soon realizes that after 40 years of traveling around the world she is ready to be settled and home.  However, Vesey Washington still lives across the creek so her past is hard to forget.  He was her best friend from childhood despite the fact she is white and he is black and they grew up on the 50's.  They find that they still share a bond and that they still care about each other.  The story reveals Ally's past slowly and you know that some tragedy happened to Ally years ago that made her lose faith.  She has traveled the world to try to find peace but she has never found it.
Then you meet Sunila who lives in India and you find out that she is very connected to Ally.  They are reunited and both find peace in God's love - I won't tell you everything.
The ending of this book is happy and it is a good story although the ending becomes expected  and is anti-climatic.  It's a good read - although not a great read.
Visit the Thomas Nelson product page here:  Beyond Molasses Creek Thomas Nelson Page.
I received this book free from the publisher but I was not required to write a positive review.  Opinions expressed are my own.   I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html>: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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