Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Trouble The Water by Nicole Seitz

Greetings my readers!

I suppose books that are about sisters will always make me twinge a wee bit that I don't have one. I do have a much beloved brother though, so thankfully I am not devoid of a close sibling relationship. I enjoyed the style of this book, and the accents that I can hear in my mind as I read. The "accents" were a joy to read. I am Southern born and raised, so a book with Southern accents and feel to it feels like "home" to me.
In this book there is an illness that so many, even my own Mother have dealt with. A word that strikes fear in the hearts of most people, cancer. While most of us who are close to Christ know that cancer is a word that is under the name of Jesus, because his name is above *all* names, it doesn't make it an easy thing to have someone you know and love have to fight off such a thing. I can tell you from personal experience with more than once person that cancer changes a person. Sometimes that change is temporary, sometimes it is forever. I am not going to tell you who, but I will tell you that someone in this book had cancer and that you need to read this book to find out who, and what effects it had. This is not a depressing book, but a realistic and healing book and that is another reason I can say that it is a good book to read!
Carol :)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Trouble the Water
Thomas Nelson (March 11, 2008)
Nicole Seitz


Nicole Seitz is a South Carolina Lowcountry native and the author of The Spirit of Sweetgrass as well as a freelance writer/illustrator who has published in numerous low country magazines. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism, she also has a bachelor's degree in illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design. Nicole shows her paintings in the Charleston, South Carolina area, where she owns a web design firm and lives with her husband and two small children. Nicole is also an avid blogger, you can leave her a comment on her blog. Seitz's writing style recalls that of Southern authors like Kaye Gibbons, Anne Rivers Siddons, and Sue Monk Kidd, and this new novel, which the publisher compares to Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, surely joins the ranks of strong fiction that highlights the complicated relationships between women. Highly recommended, especially for Southern libraries.

In the South Carolina Sea Islands lush setting, Nicole Seitz's second novel Trouble the Water is a poignant novel about two middle-aged sisters' journey to self-discovery. One is seeking to recreate her life yet again and learns to truly live from a group of Gullah nannies she meets on the island. The other thinks she's got it all together until her sister's imminent death from cancer causes her to re-examine her own life and seek the healing and rebirth her troubled sister managed to find on St. Anne's Island.Strong female protagonists are forced to deal with suicide, wife abuse, cancer, and grief in a realistic way that will ring true for anyone who has ever suffered great loss.

"This is another thing I know for a fact: a woman can't be an island, not really. No, it's the touching we do in other people's lives that matters when all is said and done. The silly things we do for ourselves--shiny new cars and jobs and money--they don't mean a hill of beans. Honor taught me that. My soul sisters on this island taught me that. And this is the story of true sisterhood. It's the story of Honor, come and gone, and how one flawed woman worked miracles in this mixed-up world."

"...a special sisterhood of island women whose wisdom and courage linger in the mind long after the book is closed."-NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author SUSAN WIGGS

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Nicole Seitz said...

Thank you for your post and comments, Carol. I was touched by your insight.
God bless you and those you love,

Nicole Seitz said...

Thank you for the personal post, Carol! Nicole