Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Awesome look at friendship!

Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz 

When I first started to read this book I wasn’t sure I would like it.  It took me several chapters to get “into it” but once I did I couldn’t put it down.  What appears to be trite selfish motives at first is explained in rich detail so that you understand the character and feel what she is feeling.  This is a beautiful story of the emotional/spiritual journey of Ally. 

As a child Ally’s best friend is Vesey, an African American boy who lives across the creek from her.  Their childhood is spent trying to keep a friendship when others feel it is wrong.  They live in the south during the height of civil unrest in our country.  As they enter their teens their families forbid them to have a friendship.   

Ally ends up being a world traveler and living a very secular life “free” from the constraints of her religious upbringing.  She ends up with a broken and bitter heart pushing her farther from her family and God.  As her father’s health is ailing he comes to rely on Vesey not only for help but as a friend. 

 When Ally returns home for her father’s funeral she learns a lot about herself, her dad and God. This story has several surprising twists.  If you want an awesome look at loyalty, true friendship and love then give this a try. 

I received this book free from and was not required to write a positive review.