Saturday, January 28, 2012

This Book Room: Beyond Molasses Creek

Can I just first start by saying how surprised I was by this book? This book was a little like Eat, Pray, Love meets The Help meets Dorothea Benton Frank meets The Secret Daughter. I loved it. Here's a summary from

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.

Vesey was a wonderful character - I adored him. And Sunila was brave beyond words. This story is uplifting and full of hope, but full of truth too, I felt. This is a book I would absolutely read again. The only character I wasn't crazy for was Ally. She just seemed sort of generic, and I felt I didn't really learn enough about her. Also, her bit of the story isn't very redemptive. She doesn't grow as a person, and I felt sort of sad for her.

All in all, a good book and a quick read. I had never read anything by Nicole Seitz before, but if you read this one and enjoy it, she has authored a few other books as well.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing a copy for review.

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