This was one of those stories where you just wanted to be there and talk to the characters! I began reading on a weekend morning (when I was supposed to be doing my chores) and ended up reading all day. Read a chapter (or two or three), do a chore, read a chapter..... Really excellent read all the way through!
Nicole is a writer who kept me interested through the entire book, one that I did not want to put down. I related personally to part of the book, which kept me interested in trying to get to the plot. Being a South Carolinaian, I related to the actual settings and location. Since I have completed the book, I still find this story in my mind on a regular basis. If you have a sister, it is a must to read.
I found this book to be very well-written women's literature. And you'll notice that I used the term 'women's literature' rather than 'women's fiction.' That's because this book is definitely character-driven that is, the characters are more important than the plot. And I've had the privilege to meet Nicole Seitz, a woman with a gracious and humble spirit.When you play a stringed instrument, there are certain types of chords called harmonics. When this type of chord is played - although it is actually several notes - it sounds like a single note. It actually sounds as if it played itself - almost otherworldly. In literature, you may call the same concept resonance: when characters in a book come alive to produce a prolonged response in the reader. TROUBLE THE WATER is that type of book. As you are reading, you realize that the characters have struck a chord in your soul - a chord that resonates long after you've finished reading.
Trouble the Water is about healing and coming to grips with the past that allows one to meet the future. Two sisters experience a shared horror while very young that influences the rest of both their lives. It drives one into a bad marriage, and the other to attempt suicide.It is the simple faith of a group of Gullah nannies on a remote sea island that rescue Honor Maddox from the brink of death by sleeping pills, and put her in the home of another white soul who has also lost her way.Honor recovers more than her health. The despair that drove her to suicide is replaced with a new desire to live, a lost talent is coming back, she has new friends, and maybe now she and her sister could become normal siblings again.The glue that holds the story together is the Christian faith of the principals even in the face of learning that one of the sisters has an insidious and terminal case of breast cancer. The other sister, Alice is devastated and the guilt she has kept inside for all the intervening years increases even more.The other thread here is the quaint sea island. Sparsely populated by seasonal visitors and a colony of Gullah people who provide services to them, St Annes Isle is a special place as Honor discovers and as will Alice. It is a place to go when one needs to find oneself or to get closer to a higher power.There are twists and turns along the way as the two sisters converge from their once different directions, and a curious twist at the end that the reader will not expect, but on reflection will realize that it had to be so.Trouble the Water is a novel of faith and redemption by a writer with knowledge of the culture of the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, but not confined to just that of the Gullah people. Seitz gives us an insight into the overall culture of the region while telling an intriguing story of two sisters with a shared dark secret.