Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek, by Nicole Seitz, was captivating, yet very sad.  Written from the perspectives of three strikingly different, yet interconnected, people, the book tells the story of a woman’s search for meaning after a devastating loss.  When the book begins, we meet Ally Green, the main character.  Now an “older” woman, Ally returns home after her father dies.  Ally has been wandering for most of her life, seeking fulfillment in the world, hoping to find peace and rest.

As the story unfolds, we meet Ally’s best friend, Vesey Washington.  Ally & Vesey met as children, and they carried on an unconventional and often secret friendship, as Ally is white and Vesey black in the south growing up in the 50s.  Even after decades apart, Ally and Vesey find that they still share a deep bond with each other, understanding each other and caring for each other.  While on Vesey’s part this is expressed as a friendship, Ally claims that Vesey is the only man she’s ever loved.

And, on the other side of the world, we meet the character of a young woman who has lived in slavery her whole life in the lowest caste in India.  Carving images in stone is her duty, until the man who holds her and her family captive dies and she is able to recover a journal that reveals that she does not belong here, after all.

In fact, this woman is Ally’s daughter, who was stolen from her while she visited India.  Through a series of events, the women are reunited and both find peace and fulfillment in God’s love and in their newfound identities as mother and daughter.

It’s worth a read, as shows how sometimes we wait a long time to figure out God’s plan for us, and I suppose the ending is happy…but at the same time the fact that both women waited for almost 40 years to find each other is just overwhelmingly sad.

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