Nicole Seitz, southern author

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Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek

Romantic Times Top Pick for March 2012!

Pulpwood Queens September 2012 Book Club Bonus Selection!

“I look forward to a new book by Nicole Seitz because I know I’ll be treated to a well-written, thought-provoking read. Beyond Molasses Creek does not disappoint. Nicole is a writer I can count on to consistently tell a story containing deep characters and original plots.”

Marybeth Whalen, author of She Makes It Look Easy and The Mailbox

From Huffington PostNicole Seitz is never afraid of a challenge in the stories she writes. She meets each storyline she develops head on and without a thought of pulling her punches. In her latest novel, Beyond Molasses Creek, she deals with an interracial romance in the South of the ’50s and ’60s, as well as the current state of child labor in Nepal. How she merges these areas of subject matter is a testament to her talent as a writer.

Ally Green is the centerpiece of the story. She is a woman in her sixties who has returned to the low country of South Carolina to bury her father. Her mother is dead, and she is an only child, so there is no one else who can handle this. Her father has long wanted Ally to come home to the Charleston area but Ally has a restless spirit and has needed to keep moving.

At home Ally renews her friendship with Vesey Washington, a black man who lived across the creek from her family when they were both growing up. Ally felt an attraction to Vesey from their earliest meeting but she and he both knew nothing of a romance could develop between them.

While this story is developing Seitz interjects the story of Sunila, a woman of the lowest caste living in Nepal. She has worked since the earliest age as a stone cutter. As hard as she worked she and her family could never escape the poverty that engulfed them. Still Sunila has a plan of escape and she dreams of her life being changed.

As Seitz weaves her slow-moving story, and that is a praise instead of a condemnation, she creates full portraits of Ally, Vesey and Sunila. You get to know their strengths and their faults, and learn to care about their pasts, presents and futures. Ally is the hardest to understand but wisely Seitz devotes the most pages to her. We grow to see the reasons for her complexities and for her rough edges. She is a woman who has endured much and still survived.

Some books are meant to be read quickly but Beyond Molasses Creek is one that is meant to be digested slowly so as to get the full flavor of the story. There is richness in the telling and substance in the content. Seitz has written good stories in the past but Beyond Molasses Creek exceeds all of them.

When you read this book expect to be challenged emotionally. There is heartbreak and hope in its pages. When it is winding down there seems to be a satisfactory ending and then the story unnecessarily goes on a little longer. This is one of the few flaws in an almost totally enjoyable book.

Settle down with a copy of Beyond Molasses Creek and let its words transport you to a boat on the water on a glorious summer day. As you drift you can lose yourself in this story of three people caught up in the currents of their lives. They can’t always control their pathway but they do know their goal of a destination.”

Huffington Post, Reviewed by Jackie K. Cooper on March 19, 2012

From Bookreporter “BEYOND MOLASSES CREEK beautifully intertwines three radically different people with threads of love, friendship, heartache and faith. I find it wonderfully ironic that Vesey, oppressed since birth because of his race, is the one who experiences the greatest freedom because of his rock-solid faith. The story is primarily told from Ally’s point of view, rounded out with occasional short chapters from Sunila and Vesey’s perspectives. These little insights into each character’s thoughts and emotions further enrich an already captivating and emotional story.” View entire review.

Bookreporter, Reviewed by Susan Muira on February 17, 2012

From Wilmington StarNews Give South Carolina writer Nicole Seitz extra points for originality…Seitz writes from an evangelical Christian perspective, but she employs her symbolism lightly and deliberately, avoiding a hard sell on her faith. She trusts her strong character sketches to get her message across. Her vivid, never-too-perfect cast carries her readers along…Seitz’s willingness to get behind the postcard prettiness and the Chamber of Commerce gloss makes the South Carolina coast a far more intriguing setting than usual.

Ben Steelman, Wilmington StarNews

4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times – Top Pick! “Are you looking for a unique story to make you excited about reading again? Look no further. Seitz writes an unforgettable coming-of-age story about love, loss and purpose. Read with an open mind and heart as you’re reminded that we all fit into the bigger picture of God’s plan. I hope there’s a sequel!”

Romantic Times

From Kirkus Reviews

“An affecting drama…

Ally Green has come back to her father’s house in South Carolina’s low country, but not soon enough to hear his deathbed wish that she settle down. Strange advice for a 60-year-old woman, but Ally has been running away for a long time. As a child she befriended Vesey Washington, the black boy who lived on the other side of the river. The two would fish together, swap secrets and dreams and comfortable silences…It took her daddy’s death to bring her back to her childhood home, and to Vesey, now widowed across the river. Slid in between Ally’s story is Sunila’s journey. A blue-eyed Nepalese woman who has lived her whole life in debt bondage, she escapes the stone yard with a secret, and the book of drawings found with her as an infant…As Ally harbors vague romantic notions about Vesey, she also begins to recognize the holding pattern her life has been in…. Seitz allows her story to quietly unfold… guaranteeing a few tears, for the women and the reader.

A nicely drawn study of two women whose lives are lost, then regained.”

Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2012


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