Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Book Review: Beyond Molasses Creek
Ally Green has spent her life as a flight attendant, traipsing across the globe. But now she's 60 and her father has died and it's time to come home in order to put his affairs in order. This is not as easy task, simply because she's been running for so long. Back in the Lowcountry, Ally is forced to reconcile her past and her relationship with Vesey Washington, who still lives across the creek. As Ally deals with things she would just as soon forget about, a young woman on the other side of the world manages to escape her life of slavery in the rock quarries of Nepal. Sunila's ticket out is a mysterious sketchbook, which tells her that there is more to her story than she's been told, and it's finally time to seek out the truth. These three lives are deeply intertwined, and a story of faith, freedom and friendship waits for them on the banks of Molasses Creek.
This story is refreshingly deep. I do love my easy reads, but it is also nice to settle into a meatier story. These characters are rich and captivating, as are the stories they explore. The stories hover around the stickier issues of modern-day slavery and the caste system that abound in Nepal and the uglier civil rights issues that lurk in American history. Ally is white and Vesey is black, and their friendship dates back to the late 1950s, so from the very beginning their relationship was fraught with complications.
I really enjoyed reading Nicole Seitz. She reminds me a bit of Charles Martin, another great author, but it might be because her stories are also set in South Carolina. I love living in Colorado, but Nicole makes me wonder what it would have been like to grow up over there instead of here. I would have liked to see her reconcile the characters with God a bit more; it seemed like she would, but then the story was over. Not that it took anything away from the story, but it's like she started to, and then the story simply went another direction.
This book is worth your time.
Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger program called BookSneeze.