9 April 2008

Trouble the Water by Nicole Seitz

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

Nicole can be reached through the Contact link on her Website

My Review:
I did enjoy this book. At the time of reading this book I had my mother in hospital not sure what was happening with her. This book deals with a sister coping with the final stages of a terminal illness and it really touched me reading this book. The way the ladies in this series interact is quite interesting. When I first started reading this book I did find it hard with the constant change in the point of view but after about the first 20 pages I have sorted out who was who and when the point of view changed.
This book covers some hard subjects but I found the way Nicole handle them very moving. This book had me laughing and crying at different times. It did make me think and I am very grateful for that.
I would give this book a 4 out of 5.


Nicole Seitz said...

Thank you for posting your personal review too. I can appreciate that you were reading it while your mom was in the hospital. I'm so glad it touched you in a good wa,y and I pray things with your mom are looking up.

Many blessings to you,

Cee Cee said...

Ditto what Nicole Seitz wrote Jenny.
I'm praying for her. Take care!

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