A few weeks a go I read The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen.
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.
When I saw this book at the library I was excited to find a new Sarah Addison Allen book. I loved all of the books I have read of hers. They have a great mix of magic and southern roots.
This book really pulled me in and I read it in a day (definitely a quick read). I loved how the book had two main characters The younger Emily Benedict and the older Julia Winterson. It allowed the book to show what life in Mullaby was like as a teenager trying to fit in a new town that is full of unspoken secrets. And for an adult returning home to a place she never thought she would see again. I liked how the mysterious magic and small town politics still managed to be about finding home and leaning to let the past go. One of my favorite parts of the book was the town. It was a town full of unusual happenstance and BBQ restaurants. It created the perfect backdrop for the magical people and potential romance. It was basically a character it and of itself from the acceptance of a larger than life man to the unusual habits of the Mullaby lights.
This book is so amazing and enchanting it is hard to put into words everything about it. Overall a great book by an amazing Author that will keep you mesmerized until the last page.