Saturday, February 11, 2012

Beyond Molasses Creek - Book Review

Ally Green is an older woman in her 60's that returns to her childhood home to bury her father.  While there she faces many memories from her past.  After making a lot of bad choices in her life her past seems to be something that she can't escape from.  She has deep feelings for her black neighbor who she has loved since she was a young girl, but his heart has always belonged to another and growing up in the era that they did it was forbidden anyway.

Vesey Washington is Ally's friend who has always been there for her, but who does not return the deeper feelings of love.  Once again he is proving to be a good friend to Ally in her time of need.

Sunila Kunari is a middle aged woman in Nepal who has lived her life in slavery working in the rock quarry.  She escapes her past after finding out that she is not who she thought she was.  She begins a journey to find out the truth.

The author writes the entire book from a first person narrative for all three characters.  At the beginning of each chapter the author states which character she is.  I personally did not like this set up.  I had a very hard time getting into this book.  I did not like the main character Ally at all.   Just when I felt like the book might redeem itself, Ally tells a lie.  I won't say about what since I don't want to be a spoiler, but it was a pretty big lie.  I waited through out the whole book for redemption, forgiveness, something good to show God's love but it never happened.  I would not even consider this a christian book.  Spiritual things such as reincarnation, Buddhism and other such things are discussed, but not much is said about the ONE TRUE GOD.  I would not recommend this book to anyone.

This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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