THE SPIRIT OF SWEETGRASS
books - Trouble the Water
Selected as one
of the BEST BOOKS of 2008
* Starred * review from Library Journal!
Selected as part of the
Praise for Trouble the Water
Set in the South Carolina
Low Country, this novel celebrates the strengths and intricacies of
female relationships as Honor, Duchess, and Alice deal with spousal
abuse, grief, and suicide. Elegant, memorable prose and a strong sense
of place make this inspirational women's fiction title come alive.
Please read this heartfelt exploration of the timeless mysteries of life and death, and the healing power of true friendship. Talented author Nicole Seitz makes the reader a part of this very special sisterhood of island women whose wisdom and courage linger in the mind long after the book is closed.
— Susan Wiggs, NYT best-selling author of Dockside, Summer at Willow Lake, Table for Five, and Lakeside Cottage
Nicole Seitz gets it all right—the people, the setting, and the message. Trouble the Water is a story of hope and healing that captures the heart, calms the spirit, and comforts the soul.
— J. L. Miles, author of Divorcing Dwayne, Cold Rock River and Roseflower Creek
Seitz has served up a sumptuous feast for the soul. Trouble the Water is an unforgettable novel about sisterhood, salvation and miracles.
— Karin Gillespie, author of Dollar Daze: The Bottom Dollar Girls in Love
Nicole Seitz is a gifted writer, whose faith is there in the pages of her book, shining through like a lighthouse beacon to show the way. Trouble the Water is an intriguing novel of healing and redemption—a story very worth telling.
— Red Evans, author of On Ice
Seitz’s writing is like curling up in your favorite chair and
relaxing for a while, which is exactly what you will want to do for
hours as you are blessed by reading The Spirit of Sweetgrass
and her latest Trouble the Water. Join me in forming a ring
and shouting her praises. Her words are magic. Pure magic.
Reviews and Buzz
Starred Review from
-- Tamara Butler, Library Journal (Starred Review), 2/1/2008
-- Reviewed by Elle McGee, May, 2008 issue
-- Southern Living Magazine, May 2008 issue
[A] novel by a Low Country author set in the sea islands. This is the story of two sisters’ undying devotion for one another and of learning to truly live again. The title is based on an old African-American spiritual about healing and freedom, “Wade in the Water.”
-- Sandlapper Magazine, Autumn 2008 issue
Seitz also writes accurately and convincingly of the emotional bond between sisters, drawing the reader into their family. Click here to read the entire review.
-- Reviewed by Jennifer M. Parker, May 11, 2008
Through a group of Gullah women, Seitz reveals the fascinating spirit, superstitions and cultural richness as she revisits the Lowcountry once again. Though Trouble the Water is not a sequel to Spirit of Sweetgrass Seitz revisits settings that are obviously as fascinating to her as to her readers.
This is the type of novel I love to curl up with and savor. Seitz brought three first-person point of view characters to life as they relived sorrow and shame, choices and consequences. Honor, Alice, Duchess and The Nannies live and breath through Seitz's words. And what stories they tell.
...Seitz writes with realism including sin and consequences, hypocrisy and the damage done through it... those who are hungry for honest, transparent stories about tragedy and sorrow, and hope and restoration need to look further into Seitz's novels.
-- Reviewed by Kelly Klepfer
-- Reviewed by Leslie L. McKee, Romantic Times
It’s these sort of fascinating tidbits that enrich the story, and make TROUBLE THE WATER an interesting read. Read the full review.
-- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby, FaithfulReader.com
From Publishers Weekly
-- Publishers Weekly, 1/14/2008
From Fresh Fiction
Nicole Seitz has taken the reader through a very realistic journey of the process of dying. The true value of love between siblings and the importance of the belief in God is strongly portrayed. This story is well-written and keeps the interest of the reader. Read the full review.
-- Reviewed by Kay Quintin, 2/13/2008
From Warren Public Library
From Genre Go Round Reviews
Honor attempts suicide, but the islander Gullah nannies intercede and prevent her from succeeding. They nurse her back to physical health and shower her with love that brings emotional contentment. Honor moves in with another somewhat wounded adoptee Duchess. Soon she begins to paint and contacts her sister Alice. When Honor informs Alice she has cancer, the younger sibling reassesses her successful life that looks like a failure next to her dying sibling’s recent lust for life.
The three females (Honor, Duchess and Alice) rotate perspective so the audience gets to understand what motivates each of them. Adding to that insight is the back and forth major highlights of each of their lives over the past eight years. However, there is too much happening with each of these females so that none of their problems to include loneliness, physical and mental abuse, depression, and suicidal tendencies is looked at as profoundly deep as the well written TROUBLE THE WATER should. Still fans who appreciate a look into a troubled person trying to find a life preserver will enjoy this fine inspirational tale.
Klausner, 1/20/ 2008