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Product Details

  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595545050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595545053
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,650,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nicole Seitz weaves enchanting tales of redemption filled with unforgettable characters and a refreshing Southern voice. She lives near Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband and two children. Twitter @nicoleseitz, facebook.com/pages/Nicole-Seitz/121816365611?ref=nf

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Nicole Seitz is the author several novels - Beyond Molasses Creek, 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 web site at www.nicoleseitz.com for more information.

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This is a wonderful story of love, loss, and forgiveness.
Donna Safford
Although the story is told mainly from Ally's point of view there are chapters told in another characters perspective.
bailey
I didn't like a certain action she did in the end, at the same time I can understand it - I just don't agree with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chels on March 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book weaves an intricate tale of love, loss, and hope. Ally is what some people call a runner, she runs from her past. She refuses to turn around and face the things she is afraid of. When her father dies, she returns to her home after a long career of flying around the world as an air flight attendant. When she returns home, she uncovers some long-held secrets and bits of hope. Sunila is across the world. She is the next main character the reader is introduced to and will have a massive affect on Ally and the reader.

This book covers some hard issues. Child labor is discussed. How would you feel if it were your child toiling away at such a young age in dangerous conditions? It is easy enough to ignore when it is across the world, but what if it was your own blood? It is interesting that Ally and her father appear to forge an even deeper bond once he is gone, perhaps death does not end all relationships. The ending of the book will shock the reader, the author does a great job of dropping hints without even remotely giving away the big finish.

Ally's character is likable as is Sunila's. The other characters who affect the two main characters are fun to get to know, the smallest words have the ability to change one's life. The reader will be absorbed into the book, it is very difficult to put the book down. This book is recommended to adult readers.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Molly on February 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Having read Saving Cicadas by this fabulous author, I was excited to jump into a new novel by her. Beyond Molasses Creek is both a dramatically complex read AND a light, refreshing read. It's not often you find a book that can be BOTH of those things in such way that the reader never looses interest. This book is wonderfully written in a style that will win your heart, your mind, your soul. Filled wonderful messages between the lines, you'll loose your heart to Molasses Creek!

Ally's character is one that you would love to meet in real life. She's come back to the South Carolina town she grew up with to handle the loss of her father. Once there, she learns of her father's dying wish. For her to STAY in South Carolina again. But, there's one thing that Ally must deal with if she does. Across her Molasses Creek lives a wonderful, God-fearing man. Vesey,the man she calls her closest, best friend. Ally's loved him from afar since she was little, but she can never have him. Why? It's nearly unheard of for a white woman and a black man to have a relationship in the 50s.

Ally is coming to terms with the consequences of her actions in her younger years. Vesey is sent away, she leaves and travels the country, becomes pregnant, loses her daughter to a kidnapping and comes full circle with herself and her home, when her father dies. The complexity of Ally's character is beyond stunning. She grabs your heart and squeezes it til you become a part of her, til the reader FEELS each emotion from happiness to sadness, from hurt to anger.

Sunila's character is wonderfully portrayed as a 30 year old woman living as a slave. Each emotion she felt overflows to the reader, helping the reader to see through the eyes of the young woman learning about her true identity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Bookish Dame on February 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm a huge fan of the exotic twist in a novel. I'm intrigued by books about women who do the unexpected/perhaps "wrong" thing in life by other's perceptions, reinvent themselves or survive a crisis and come out of it perhaps less "whole," but more wise and capable of real empathy. I also like a story that hints at travel to interesting places, along with an eventual coming home theme. Nicole Seitz offers all of that and more in "Beyond Molasses Creek." She is no novice to writing, and having come out of the very prestigious UNC Chapel Hill School of Journalism, you can believe that she understands how to convey her deepest thoughts. All of the above, plus amazing characterization makes her book top shelf. Let me state right up front that this is a book you'll be interested in reading; actually, it's a book worth savouring. I could not stop reading "Beyond Molasses Creek" from the Prologue to the end.

One of the most difficult things a Southern girl from a small town could ever face in the 1960's was interracial relationships. While Alley and Vesey shared the common bond of growing up together and finding their deep connection, this could never compensate for the overwhelmingly negative odds they faced in their community of a small town. Religion and "brotherly love" notwithstanding, their desire to be special friends could only bring disaster for them, and the only possible reaction for Alley of being an outcast in Molasses Creek. When a forced separation is imposed on their friendship, what follows is her escaping into travel to foreign countries, her eventual pregnancy out of wedlock, and the kidnapping of her beloved daughter.

It was heartbreaking to read about Alley's stolen daughter, Sunila's, harsh life in Nepal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on February 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Beyond Molasses Creek is a very emotional, touching story of two women's lives that are suddenly brought together through extraordinary circumstances. I've never read anything by Nicole Seitz, so wasn't sure what to expect when entering into this book. While I didn't get into the story, it's probably because this isn't my normal genre.

The people within Beyond Molasses Creek--people like Ally, Vasey, Sunila...they all came together to create a very memorable cast. I thought they all were very realistic...until the ending. Ally tells Sunila something that seemed very out-of-character.

The writing style was well done...vivid and emotion filled. Nicole Seitz did a great job on this--bringing the deep passion and emotions onto the page. There were a few times she wrote her action scenes in a very confusing way. But, eventually later on in the book, clarification would come and I'd understand what had just taken place. :-)

A woman has a baby outside of marriage, but no details are given as to the affair. As I mentioned, I wasn't drawn into this book as much as I'd like, but I am sure that other fans of Seitz would love this newest release. If you want a book that explores past loves and losses and that goes deep into the characters feelings, Beyond Molasses Creek is a book to check out!

I reviewed this book for OakTara via Litfuse. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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