Release Date: 2010
Age Group: Adult
Received From: Bought
In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world…no matter how out of place they feel.
Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. For instance, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? Why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life.
Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.
Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson’s cakes. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth and in the hope of bringing back the love she fears she’s lost forever. In Julia, Emily may have found a link to her mother’s past. But why is everyone trying to discourage Emily’s growing relationship with the handsome and mysterious son of Mullaby’s most prominent family? Emily came to Mullaby to get answers, but all she’s found so far are more questions.
Is there really a ghost dancing in her backyard? Can a cake really bring back a lost love? In this town of lovable misfits, maybe the right answer is the one that just feels…different.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon was full out the southern charm and magic that I have come to expect from Sarah Addison Allen. No one does magical realism quite like Allen. The magical happenings are so subtle and interspersed that it makes them seem so…normal and beautiful. I wish I could live in one of Allen’s books.
This is the third book I have read by Sarah Addison Allen, and it might be my least favorite. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, because I definitely did. I just don’t know that anything can beat Garden Spells for me. I was so enchanted by that book. But at the time I read that I had never read anything like it before, so it is forever ingrained in my mind. The Girl Who Chased the Moon was still a fantastic read. I felt the story moved a little slow at times, but that was nothing major.
The characters were all very interesting and the mysteries surrounding them definitely kept me turning pages. I love that Allen adds so much…southern-ness to her books. Not just to the characters, but to the entire story. There’s a scene in the book where the grandfather explains to Emily–the northern granddaughter– that barbequing has nothing to do with hamburgers and hotdogs, barbeque is pork. He tells her that in the south hamburgers and hotdogs are called Cooking Out not barbequing. That made me giggle, because it is so true.
Overall, I think Sarah Addison Allen’s books are some that you don’t want to miss. Even if you are a YA reader, these books have great crossover appeal.