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Trouble the Water

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  295 Ratings  ·  68 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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Sep 13, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 20, 2010 MsEM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-reads
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
May 16, 2008 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.)
Jan 29, 2010 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.

Dave Ritchie
Jul 31, 2010 Dave Ritchie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2012 Lesa Crews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
May 12, 2008 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a great book of women and how our relationships help us all through the hard stuff in life
May 15, 2008 Dolores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It was heart touching and warm.
Dec 01, 2008 Gretchen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't get into it....
Jun 21, 2008 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful look at female friendship/bonds
Sep 13, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! This was terrific!
Jun 11, 2010 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read about 50 pages. I could not get into this book!
Jun 04, 2010 Alisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, well-written, heart warming story.
Betty Kaye
Simply beautiful - a book of hope.
Feb 25, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-2013
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*****

Katie Foth
Aug 24, 2016 Katie Foth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in our local library and really enjoyed it. The author writes with a compelling and genuine voice. She made me think about life and relationships. Didn't expect the twist at the end--interesting touch, though I felt it a bit hard to believe, a bit too much.

The traumatizing experience of Honor's youth was horrid. Hard to believe that good parents would be so blind and unsuspecting. Where's their sixth sense? For that matter, where's their common sense? Yet I wanted to know more
Aug 03, 2013 Anya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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
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.

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Mar 04, 2011 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, fiction
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
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
May 29, 2015 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, but reading it on the heels of her "Beyond Molasses Creek," I can't say that I thought this one was as well-done. The characters were engaging, and the setting was beautiful - this Low-Country SC author does a great job of sharing the beauty of Mount Pleasant and the Low Country barrier islands with her readers. The disappointing part of the book came as it was drawing to a close - just too many bows neatly tied up, in ways that were not credible. Still, I really did enjoy t ...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
Oct 15, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 24, 2008 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-books
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
Dec 15, 2011 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carol Vuillemenot
May 21, 2016 Carol Vuillemenot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent writing. Selected this one because my daughter liked it. I like reading about the low country in the Carolinas...almost moved there, had already selected the property. My plans were changed for the same reason that was described in the story. The characters are interesting. The story jumps around by date and character, but it was not difficult to get into the rhythm.
Marti Wade
Just moved to South Carolina and am trying to dig into local culture. Didn't expect Christian fiction to be a means of furthering that, but picked this book by a local author a day around the time we made our first trek to the Charleston area. Decent novel by other standards as well, but strong sense of "place"ness made it educational, too.
Mar 30, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 six 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 a painter and has illustrated the covers for her novels. She teach ...more
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