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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

Emily Benedict has come to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, 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, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, not only wishing to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also dreaming of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. 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.
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Length: 292 pages (Paperback)
Source: Personal Library
Publication Date: March 16th 2010

I finally did it.
I read a Sarah Addison Allen novel back in April after years of avoiding the author for fear her stuff would not be to my liking for the simple fact that everyone seems to love her. To be honest the only reason I read it was because it was a buddy read in my Goodreads group.

When I was reading it it too me a little while to get into because for me the book started off really slowly and it wan't until around page 60 that I really started to get into it and once I did I finished it pretty quickly.

What I liked about it was that it was a light read and at under 300 pages it was relatively short. I can understand why her writing appeals to so many people there is no doubt that she has a talent for the written word. I'd have to say my favourite character was not Emily but the 34 year old Julia who runs a diner in Mullaby. For me she was the star of the novel. I really felt a much stronger connection to her than I did to Emily who I found really annoying for some reason.

I truly enjoyed the simplicity of the novel and how sweet and laid back the author was in writing it but I just wish it had just felt to me as though it was missing something. A few times while reading the novel it seemed to start and go a bit but that could just be me because this is my first time reading the authors stuff.

All in all I enjoyed the book it had just enough of that southern comfort to make it appealing to readers young and old and I think no matter what your tastes in books are chances are you'll walk away after reading this book feeling pretty good. It's just one of those novels that lifts your spirits and makes you feel good so I recommend this one to everyone. I especially think that it would be a great mother daughter read. I will absolutely be checking out more of this authors books in the future.

So have you read this? Or any of the authors other books? Which ones and what did you think?

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★ ★ ★ 1/2


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  3. I love the cover on the book. I've never read anything by her either, and I think I'll pass for now on this book. Great review! :)

  4. This was my least favorite of all her novels so I am delighted you like it. My personal favorite is Garden Spell. I have a friend who lives in the same town as the author and she said she is the most down to earth, friendly author she has ever had the pleasure to meet. Awesome review!!!

  5. I think this one is on my TBR for months now - and like you I heard a lot of great things about it, but I'm still putting it off. :) I'll read it in the near future but it's not the priority atm. But lovely review of course!

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  6. Hmm, I have never heard of this book. I think I will read it and see for myself what the writing is all about. Thanks for the lovely review, Kimberly.

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