Beyond Molasses Creek, by Nicole Seitz, is a novel that deals with several social issues. Divided into four parts, not including the prologue or epilogue, it tell the story of three individuals whose lives touch each other in the end.
This book touches on the issue of equal rights from the very beginning, telling us that the main character Ally, a white woman, has been in love with a black man, Vesey, since the 1950s and 60s, a situation not tolerated well at the time. It also touches on premarital sex, alcohol and drug use, death, loss of a child, and the caste system. The reader knows from the beginning that Ally and Vesey have led separate lives, but doesn’t find out until the end of the book how Sunila, a woman in Nepal, fits in with the other characters.
While some people might really enjoy this story, I had a hard time with many things. The use of the word lover seems too strong for a Christian novel. Also, Ally is not a Christian, has many statues of other gods, in fact. No one in the book really makes much of an effort to introduce her to Christ. Vesey makes some mention of his beliefs, but that is all. I would like to have seen more evangelism in her case. Be careful letting young teens read this book.
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