The Girl Who Chased the Moon | Sarah Addison Allen

Author, Sarah Addison Allen
Published, March 16, 2010
Publisher, Bantam
Hardcover, 269 pages

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. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And 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—which is a good thing, because Julia can’t seem to stop baking them. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also in the hope of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Flour, eggs, milk, and sugar . . . Baking is the only language the proud but vulnerable Julia has to communicate what is truly in her heart. But is it enough to call back to her those she’s hurt in the past?
Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.

I loved this book!  I have read two Sarah Addison Allen novels so far. - The Peach Keeper and Lost Lake.  Both had hints of magic and the unexplained but this book was completely magical.  The people, the town, everything.  And in a good way.
You see - I am not big on fantasy books or science fiction.  As far as I go is the Twilight series.  And I enjoyed it in movie form much more than reading it.  But Sarah is able to put things in a novel that are completely beyond your imagination and make it seem charming and magical.  I want to move Mullaby, NC.  I want to see these people and be friends with them.  Seriously.
The story is mainly about Emily and Julia.  Emily comes to live with the grandfather that she didn't know she had after the death of her mother.  Julia went to high school with Emily's mother and is only in town to get her father's restaurant sold before returning to her life away from Mullaby. 
The two end up being important and life changing to each other.
The story is truly wonderful and full of Southern charm, interesting characters and and makes me want to go out and get other Sarah Addison Allen as soon as possible.


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