Book Review: Beyond Molasses Creek

2 Feb

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 @NicoleSeitzFacebook and for more information.

My Impressions:

Beyond Molasses Creek is first and foremost a wonderful story.  Beautifully written, its setting and characters immediately pull you in.  It is a novel of things lost and found that will keep you thinking long after the covers have been closed.

Ally Green is a 60 year old former flight attendant that has finally come home to South Carolina following the death of her father.  She has been searching for something beyond herself since she was a little girl, always thinking it could be at the end of the next flight.  Her childhood friend, Vesey Washington, has always been rooted to Molasses Creek.  Now they are rekindling a friendship once thought lost.  And although Ally has experienced just about everything one could in her worldwide travels, it is Vesey that has the most to teach.  Another story unfolds across the world in a stone quarry near Kathmandu.  Sunila is also looking for something that seems just out of reach.  An outsider even among the outcast Dalits of Nepal, she knows her home is somewhere else.

Beyond Molasses Creek is a book rich in contrasts — the two lives and worlds that are separated by the creek itself, the statue garden in Ally’s backyard and the stone quarry prison of Sunila’s life, and the carved gods in Ally’s garden and the simple clothesline cross behind Vesey’s house.  And although Ally is 60 years old and Sunila is 38, it feels like a coming of age story.  Maybe we are never too old to really grow up!

I feel that I have failed to convey just how special this book is.   So I will just say, get it and read it!  It is great!

Highly Recommended.

(I received an ARC of Beyond Molasses Creek from LitFuse in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To read what others on the tour are saying, click HERE.

Join Nicole at a Fabulous Facebook Party!

Nicole has woven a large story about faith, friendship and unexpected journeys. One reviewer has said that Beyond Molasses Creek is “a little like Eat, Pray, Love meets The Help”.

Intrigued? Read the book and join us at the “Friendship”  Facebook Party!

Join Nicole and friends on the evening of February 16th for a Facebook Author Chat Party. She’ll be talking aboutBeyond Molasses Creek, throwing out some trivia and giving away great prizes – including a Kindle Touch, some of her beautiful artwork and a Book Club Prize Pack (10 copies for your book club/small group and a SKYPE chat with Nicole)!

RSVP today!

Mark your calendar for 2/16/12 {5PM PST / 8PM EST} and come by for an evening of bookchat, making new friends and story sharing

4 Responses to “Book Review: Beyond Molasses Creek”

  1. Nicole Seitz February 2, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    I really enjoyed your review. Thank you for taking the time to read and post!

    • rbclibrary February 2, 2012 at 8:18 am #

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I am looking forward to reading many more of your books. I have one in my TBR pile calling my name!

  2. booketta February 3, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Hi I found you on Book Blog Hop. I have eclectic reviews (I think).

    • rbclibrary February 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by. I will check you out!

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