A new author to me, Nicole Seitz, captured my attention in the very first chapter of her latest novel, "Beyond Molasses Creek," and held it until the very last page!
From the publishers:
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.
There is always a place that is "home" to each of us. Ally returned home to bury her father, a home where she fled years earlier to escape from her past. Meeting up with Vesey brings the past to the present and she must make decisions. I really enjoyed the author's style of writing as it transported me to Molasses Creek and Ally's life. Ally and Vesey's relationship is complicated, but it has elements that many of us can relate to within our own relationships with others, especially best friends. The language and writing are also very descriptive and add so much to the story. This will not be the last of Seitz's novels that I will read!
*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.*