Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Beyond Molasses Creek

From the back of the book: 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 entertwines the lives of these three souls, and a destiny of freedom, faith, and friendship awaits them all on the banks of Molasses Creek.

My review: When I first started reading this book, Beyond Molasses Creek, I had a hard time getting into it. The more I read however the harder it was for me to put it down. Nicole Seitz has taken three individuals that are completely different and entertwined their lives. Though written in the present, Ally, Vesey, and Sunila take the reader on a journey that spans fifty plus years and hundreds of miles. Ms. Seitz's word pictures are amazing, as well as her ability to tell a story. The only disappointed I had with the story is one that seems to be too common with Christian authors. While God and heaven are mentioned and Ally specifically is searching, Ms. Seitz does not take the opportunity God has given her to share the specific good news of the gospel, or encourage the believer in their walk with God. I believe that every Christian author should use their God-given talents to point readers to their Heavenly Father and the promises found in His Word. Ms. Seitz is a wonderful story-teller and I look forward to reading more of her books. I can only pray that if Ms. Seitz herself is searching, that she will find Christ and the peace that only He can give, and then share that Christ with her readers. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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