Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review: Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz is southern fiction that is set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. It covers such themes as war, forbidden love, loss, death, prejudice, and friendship. The main character, Ally Green, is a free spirted, retired flight attendant who has travelled the world. She has returned to her home to bury her father. While she is home her feelings for her neighbor, Vesey are rekindled. She loved Vesey throughout her childhood. This unrequited love was one of the reasons she left home at a young age.

Beyond Molasses Creek is written in first person mostly from Ally's point of view. Some of it is told in flashback and in diary entries. The entire story covers forty to fifty years. Also woven throughout is the story of Sunila Kunaro, a Nepali woman of low caste who is trying to find out where she came from. I enjoyed this part of the story most of all. I felt the author did an excellent job of revealing Sunila's part in the story.

If you are looking for a story where God is obviously present and easy to find, this isn't the book for you. Faith in this story is very subtle, and there is a lot of symbolism. There really is only one Christian character in the book, but there is hope for the other characters in the end because of his testimony and the strength of his integrity.

Overall, I enjoyed this book very much. The story was interesting, and made me want to find out what was going to happen. I thought the characters were well written and I cared about what was going to happen to them. I would recommend this book to women who enjoy literary fiction.

I received this book free from Book Sneeze for the purpose of review.

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