After reading this book straight through, the first word I said was 'Outstanding'! Beyond Molasses Creek was the first of Nicole Seitz books I have read and I am definately going to be investing in her other works.
Flight Attendant Ally Green returns home for her Father's funeral. Years of avoidance, of travel and of fake gods to forget the past. Part of her past, Vesey Washington, still lives across the creek. Ally and her white family on her side, Vesey and his dark skin on the other. When they meet as youngsters, after the Civil War, it is not acceptable for them to be friends with each other. Ally is drawn to Vesey though and they continue to spend time together without their parents knowledge. Till one day Vesey's mother sends him away to live with his Uncle, Ally knowing it is her fault her best friend has been sent away.
On the other side of the world a 30 year old girl is escaping from a life of slavery in Nepal, determined to find out her true identity.
Living as an untouchable in a caste heavy system, Sunila knows that the key to her future lies in the book of drawings she retrieves from the master.
The struggle with racial barriers is an international epidemic that affects the love and lives of so many. This novel reflects on those issues while at the same time looking deeply into the heart of the characters. Very moving story. Not preachy in any way. I read it in a single sitting with tears rolling down my face at the ending. A solid 5 star book!
Thanks to Litfuse for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.