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Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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.

Goodreads Summary

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.

4 Stars

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