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Trouble the Water

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  245 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Set in the South Carolina Sea Islands, Nicole Seitz's second novel follows the stories of two sisters. 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 heali...more
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Published March 11th 2008 by Thomas Nelson
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What can I say, my rating tells you I thought the book was amazing. I guess because the book mirrored a recent loss of a loved one for me, but I have to say the characters in this book were just LOVELY! I would love to meet many of them and I have to say that "The Dutchess" is my favorite. I love the blend here of humor, sadness, and "Gullah" life. I grew up on a great lake so stories about water attract me and I live not too far from the Atlantic. I have a tendency to pick up any book with the...more
This book was a surprise. I picked it up not knowing the subject matter. Very sad to start with and end with, but in a good way. Two sisters come together with a secret they didn't know they shared. If you read this book, make sure you read the Epilogue since there is a twist at the end. Also A Note From the Author has some interesting facts I am sure every woman would want to checkout for their own knowledge. I would have given this book another 1/2 star, but this site doesn't permit this for s...more
Last week I started this wonderful novel and finished it within a couple days. I was captured...from the very first page. Nicole was able to drop me straight into the story and surround me with characters that I took an instant liking to. The story is told from the perspective of three different characters; Duchess, Honor and Alice. It's a story of friendship, sisterhood, and forgiveness. It has a bittersweet ending, but is a story that will stick with you long after you finish.
Jo Lynn Loewenkamp
I'm between one and two stars on this one. I guess it was okay, but honestly wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it to anybody. It was a quick read, but I'm really bugged by the fact that she misused "desert" vs. "dessert", so ya know what? I took it down to one star, for that. And, it's not like it was a mistake once, I think it was about 5 times. (Somebody getting their "just deserts" - whatever.)
Deborah Martinez
I would rate this 2.5 stars. I had a hard time getting into the book, and found it to be confusing how it jumped from past and present so often. With that being said, I thought the story line of women being there for each other and forming a bond was beautiful. After looking at other ratings/reviews, I realize mine is very low, but I just struggled a bit with all the back and forth.

When I started reading this book I kept thinking how this is not my normal type of book. While that is true, it's also true that I fell in love with it. It's sad and beautiful and terrifying and uplifting all at the same time. I highly recommend it to all my female friends. Ride the roller coaster that is this book. You won't regret it.
Dave Ritchie
Very well written, interesting characters, haunting plot. Two sisters, troubling past, how hard it is to be honest, even with oneself. Highly recommended. I picked up another of Seitz's books from the library today.
Lesa Crews
First time I have read from this author and love her! The story is has meaning and a bit of humor along the way.
Highly recommend!
a great book of women and how our relationships help us all through the hard stuff in life
I read about 50 pages. I could not get into this book!
I enjoyed this book. It was heart touching and warm.
Beautiful look at female friendship/bonds
Excellent, well-written, heart warming story.
Simply beautiful - a book of hope.
OMG! This was terrific!
Couldn't get into it....
I thoroughly enjoyed this book...the authors writing is lush and beautiful and made me want to go hang out with Gullah women and heal my heart....I loved Honor and Dutchess...all of the female characters really. I HATED Honor's boyfriend and at one point threw the Kindle when I read what he was doing....all signs of a good read, when you are that involved with the characters. My one big complaint is I wanted more more more about the Gullah culture! MORE!!! And recipes....

****SPOILERS below*****

If I think about it, I realize I've read quite a few books about islanders who band together against outsiders, protecting their ways and secrets and leaving a newcomer protagonist to sort things out on her own. Trouble the Water by Nicole Seitz is a refreshing contrast. The denizens of the fictional St. Anne's Isle in the Lowcountry of South Carolina embrace Honor Maddox when she's at her lowest, setting her on a spiritual journey to confronting the painful past she's trying to escape.

The stor...more
This is a modern day novel set in a fictitious local, St. Anne’s Isle in the South Carolina low country. It is the story of two sisters devoted to each other, now grown women in their forties, trying to make sense of their troubled lives and childhoods. The younger, Honor, is an artist who flees to the island in a desperate attempt to find something, but just what that elusive something is she does not know. She encounters a group of women, black nannies (ironic in that she is in sore need of pa...more
Dawn Schafer revelli
Great story, makes you relize that what happens in your life makes you who you are. I have always told my kids this same thing, "to understand someone, look at where they come from. Where and what they have been through, this is why they are who they are" And how all the pieces come together in the end of this book, well done Nicole A. Seitz.
Get out the tissues out for this one. Honor is on the verge of suicide when she is rescued by a group of Gullah nannies. This community of woman on the island community of St. Anne's set about to heal Honor's body and spirit. This involves bringing her to live with the Duchess-- a once rich socialite who now runs around naked most of the time and has a fragile hold on reality herself. This unlikely pair does bring a lot of healing to each other, but heartwrenching surprises lie ahead for Honor w...more
Nov 13, 2008 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to be moved
I met Nicole at SIBA, and she gave me a copy of TROUBLE THE WATER. I didn't realize until I started reading it that it involved a woman dying of IBC (inflammatory breast cancer). As a breast cancer survivor, it was a little hard to read but I got so involved with the characters and their stories that I couldn't stop. I definitely had tears in my eyes by the end. Nicole did a great job of getting into a variety of characters' heads and infusing the novel with spirituality without being overtly pr...more
I picked this book off the shelf because it's set in the South Carolina Low Country, where I was about to go. I was a little worried at first that it would be some kind of "Christian fiction" novel. It does have a spiritual aspect and yes, an angel may be involved, but don't let that scare you off. It's a decent story with very interesting characters who deal with clergy sexual abuse, a horribly invasive form of breast cancer, spousal abuse, loneliness and guilt with the help of friends and a gr...more
I picked this one up because I read a review that compared it to Sue Monk Kidd's "The Secret Life of Bees," which is one of my all time favorite books. Needless to say, I had high hopes going in. I don't think this book was nearly as good as "The Secret Life of Bees." The writing is very uneven. Some of the descriptive passages are quite lovely, but the characters are rather wooden, and the author's attempt to write in dialects was maddening. Also, the plot twist at the end seemed to be tacked o...more
Elizabeth (Liz)
My dad gave me this book to read, it was written by a woman in his writer's group. It took me a while (50 pages or so) to get into it. The narrative shifts, times shift, and the locations shift, so it took me a while track everything. That being said, I really enjoyed this book, it did move me to cry at the end (not that it takes much) and I think it has some nice scenes of life in the Carolina lowcountry. I might not have added the last twist, I don't think you need to tie up every loose end, b...more
A wonderful book on redemption, second chances, and sisterhood. The moment I began reading I was addicted, partly because the main character, Honor, is an artist, like me. Another aspect I loved was that each chapter is written in the perspective of a different person, usually either Honor, the Duchess, or Alice. I really like it when novels are written in this style. The end is excellent and leaves you saying wow.
Once again, I enjoyed a novel by Nicole Seitz. Her characters are so real, lovable, and quirky. There are the usual surprises at the end with a touch of the mystical. I also feel hopeful after reading a book like this. Despite not being "happily ever after," there is a resolution that's truer to the fallen world we live in, yet touched deeply by grace ... and therein lies the hope.
I wasn't sure at first if this was going to be one of those books that rambles and never really goes anywhere, but I stuck with it am I'm glad I did. The book delves into the psyche of a very troubled woman and eventually works through her past and how she ended up where she did. Lots of plot twists and color add interest. Enjoyed this very much.
spoiler to my bookclub - Nice setting and some colorful characters but it read like a condensed self help book. Now that she didn't want to die all these life revelations became crystal clear to her and her sister. If she'd had a hint of that self awareness from the beginning she wouldn't have been in the position to start.
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Nicole Seitz is a South Carolina Lowcountry native and the author of five critically acclaimed novels. 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 is a speaker on writing, art, and faith; she's an exhibiting painter and has illustrated the covers for her nove...more
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