Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A LitFuse Book Review & Tour: Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole A. Seitz

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 @NicoleSeitz, Facebook and www.nicoleseitz.com for more information.

Nicole and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, are celebrating the release of Beyond Molasses Creek with a Fabulous "Friendship" Campaign! Nicole will be traveling state-to-state on a virtual book tour {2/1-2/16} and then wrapping up the festivities with a fun Facebook Party on March 16th. AND ... she's giving away a Kindle Touch and some of her own beautiful artwork - see below for details.

Join Nicole and friends on the evening of February 16th for a Facebook Author Chat Party. She'll be talking about Beyond 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)!

My Review:

At first I had a little problem getting into this book, but stuck with it, and am glad I did. It is a rather fast pace book that deals with some tough subjects.
Alicia Green, Ally, has grown up in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. With her Dad's passing she has come home, and is trying to come to terms with her life. Her Dad wants her to stay, his last wishes!
In her mind she has had a love affair with a Black man who lives across the Creek, he is her best friend.
Vesey Washington, a god Godly man has not had an easy life. Life is not easy in the 50's and 60's for a Black man.
This book deal with the caste system in India, Slaves, Child Labor, Racism, kidnapping. As you are reading you begin to wonder how such a system in India can even exist. Being a Dalit you are lower than dirt? Such injustice, you want to go and help Sunila.
As I got going in this book, I could not put it down. I recommend this as quite an eye opener, and how you want this to end, it most likely doesn't.

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