Ally Green returns to Charleston at the age of 60, after years as a stewardess traveling the world. Her father has passed and for once she is staying on solid ground and dealing with the situations that lead her to a life of travel and solitude. While on the other side of the world in Nepal a young woman escapes a life of slavery to find out who she truly is and where she came from. This novel tells three very different stories that are all eventually connected. Nicole Seitz, the author, is able to capture the reader in the first few chapters which for me is essential. By day two of the book I was thoroughly invested in the characters and where the storyline was leading them. I completed the book easily in two days. Beyond Molasses Creek deals with the caste system of modern day Nepal while connecting that sort of mentality to the Civil Rights Movement in the south. The author captures the comparsion in a subtle way that makes you reflect on the past of our country and how we have treated citizens that are not white and wealthy.
As a child Ally finds peace, love and comfort in her neighbor and secret friend Vesey. Vesey being black and from the other side of the creek makes their friendship forbidden and dangerous. The longing for what she had with Vesey sets the tone for Ally's adult life and when tragedy strikes she becomes even more alone. I felt deeply for Ally and her struggles, even shedding a few tears both for the pain she endured and the eventual joy she finds. I would recommend this book to a friend as I found it to tell a relevant and compelling story in an easy to read format.
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