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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Litfuse Publicity Tour: Beyond Molasses Creek

Here's a description 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 intertwines the lives of these three souls, and a destiny of freedom, faith, and friendship awaits them all on the banks of Molasses Creek."

My Rating

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My Review

Creative, bold, and moving, Beyond Molasses Creek is a unique read. Seitz expertly weaves powerful back story throughout the book, endearing the characters to the reader's heart. Some parts are quite painful, as the characters wrestle with tough and tragic issues during the course of their lives. But the story isn't without hope.

The authenticity of the emotions is marred, though, by a theme of duplicity. Love binds Ally, Vesey, and Sunila, as well as their family and friends, and in that love they are free to explore faith and doubt, which is a precious gift. But at times the characters choose to embrace and tell lies rather than seek the truth in love together - a reality that is difficult to get past in this story that is all about moving beyond the fears and sorrows of the past.

Beyond Molasses Creek is a difficult read - one that might not be best for readers who are looking for a cozy southern escape. But for those looking for a thought-provoking and challenging read, this book might be just what the doctor ordered.

*With thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion, to be shared during the Litfuse Publicity Blog tour.*

About the Author

"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 and www.nicoleseitz.com for more information."

To Buy the Book: click HERE

Blog Tour Schedule: Check out all of the other reviews scheduled by clicking HERE.

Contest:

Nicole is celebrating the release of Beyond Molasses Creek with a fabulous "Friendship" Facebook party! She'll be giving away a ton of great stuff (KINDLE TOUCH, some of her own beautiful artwork, a Book Club Prize Pack (10 copies of the book for your small group/book club and a Live Skype Chat with Nicole), and more!

CLICK the button (below) to RSVP for the party - then join us on February 16th for a book chat, story sharing and prizes! Hope to see you there!

Save the Date! 2/16!

4 comments:

Nicole Seitz said...

I appreciate your thoughtful review, Amber!

Amber S. said...

Nicole,

Thank you so much for checking out my review and for sharing your stories with others! :)

~Amber

Marianne said...

You did a great job on your review. i loved the book, too, and did a review.

Marianne

Amber S. said...

Marianne,

Thank you! :) This book was very good, although I was kind of bothered by the encouragement of lying. It was like the story was saying too different things: learn to seek and accept truth, but still feel free to use lies when the truth is too painful or abstract.

Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the book overall, as well! :) I agree with what you said in your review about having a difficult time with slower beginnings - and yet sometimes books like that develop into powerful stories!

~Amber