JRYFB – Review: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

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JRYFB – Review: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

JRYFB – Review: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison AllenThe Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Published by Bantam
Pub Date: March 16th 2010
Pages: 269
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Women's Fiction
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4 Stars

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.

As you can see below, my good friend, Carrie, recommended I read this book. And this is exactly the type of book I was hoping I would find when I thought up this feature. Books that would have taken me forever to pick up without this nudge. And oh boy, would I have been missing out. So, thank you, Carrie. :)

Sarah Addison Allen’s writing completely engrossed me from the start. There was just something so enveloping in every sentence. The more I read, the more I felt like I was in this bubble, where nothing could break me from this story. At its heart, this book was about acceptance and redemption, and about the selflessness of people.

What I loved about most were the characters in this book, but also the magical secrets the town has been keeping forever. I loved how all of their lives intertwined somehow, which, I guess in a town this small it’s really not hard to do. They were all so well fleshed out, from the minor ones to our main ones.

In short, this book was magic. Everything from the writing, to the story, the setting, the characters….all magic. I didn’t want it to be over!

 

Whose Favorite Book Is This?

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I can’t remember how long I’ve been twitter friends with Carrie because it feels like  we’ve been buds for a long time now. :) And as I mentioned in the review, I’m so happy she picked this book for me to read. Here’s her reason for choosing it:

Sarah Addison Allen is one of my favorite authors. As a Southern girl, her books remind me of home. They are comfortable and easy and her writing style is magical. Nothing makes me happier than Sweet Tea and Sarah Addison Allen. Happy reading!

Check out Carrie’s review of The Girl Who Chased the Moon!

Where to find Carrie:
Blog: http://stalkingthebookshelves.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/OneBookishMom

Next Month’s Selection…

Random.org has selected…

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It’s Alexa’s selection! Look for my post and review of Throne of Glass in March!

 

 

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11 Responses to “JRYFB – Review: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen”

  1. Brie

    Ha! When I saw you were reading this one, I knew you were going to like it. All her books are fantastic. I think my favorite is her first one, Garden Spells, and maybe The Sugar Queen ;-)

  2. Cynthia

    oooh magic and secrets? Sounds good to me! I hadn’t heard of this author before but I’m sure I’ll like it if you did, Jess. Will be adding it to my list. =)

  3. Angie

    I adore SAA. I think The Peach Keeper and The Sugar Queen are my favorites. But I am a sucker for Sawyer & Julia’s storyline in this one. *swoon*

  4. Ruby

    I love books where food is integral to the story! I’m going to recommend this one to my mother, too. She loves small town stories.

  5. Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley)

    Oh my goodness! I need to read something by this author. I try SO HARD to read North Carolina authors and this gal is one of my own! But alas I have never read any of her books because I never knew where to start. Someone once mentioned her book The Sugar Queen to me but I still haven’t picked it up. But I like that both you and Carrie liked this one, so perhaps I should start here.

  6. Molli

    I just love this feature. I’d like to do something like it, or like Sarah’s Random Reads when I have a little more time. It’s like you said, sometimes we get so caught up in other books (like review books) that we miss one we might really enjoy if we take the time to read it.

    I’ve heard very good things about this author’s books. Several friends like hers! I’m so happy you did, and for you to call it “magical,” that’s high praise. :)

  7. Alexa Y.

    This book sounds lovely! I can’t wait to read it for myself ;)

    And I hope you like Throne of Glass! That was definitely one of my favorite reads of 2012 :)

  8. Hannah @ So Obsessed With

    I love Sarah Addison Allen’s books! I’m so glad Carrie got you to read them :) This is probably my favorite of her books, but The Sugar Queen is a close second (maybe a tie!). I hope you read more books by her!

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