Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek, by Nicole Seitz, is a story of a 60-something woman who returns to her childhood home after the death of her father. She is also returning to the first and foremost love of her life. Vesey Washington, a black man who lives across the river, was a childhood friend who turned into Ally’s true love. But it was the south in a time when black/white relationships were definitely frowned upon.

The book tells of Ally’s life as she runs away from the relationship. She becomes a flight attendant and travels the world. Eventually, she has an affair and a child out of wedlock. That child is kidnapped when Ally is “finding herself” in Nepal. The novel turns to Sunila and her life in Nepal. Yes, it’s predictable – she’s Ally’s daughter.

This is an emotional story about Vesey’s life in Molasses Creek, Ally’s life travelling the world and Sunila’s difficult life as a stone cutter and how all three of their lives intertwine in the end. The book is well written but sort of predictable. If you enjoy this type of story, you will surely like Beyond Molasses Creek.

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