Thursday

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

When Emily Benedict's mother passes away, she finds herself on the doorstep of an unknown grandfather, in Mullaby, NC. Emily is not sure what caused her mother's departure of the town where she grew up or the estrangement with her family that resulted. All Emily knows is that her mother has left her on her own and she now has a grandfather she didn't even know existed. So she is in awe when a "giant" opens the door and introduces himself as her grandfather Vance. And by giant, I mean giant, the man is ginormously tall, a little hunched because of his age, but otherwise, a gentle giant.

Julia Winterson is only in Mullaby temporarily. She spends most of her time baking deserts for the barbecue diner her father left her when he passed away. She offers these cakes as a way to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also 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 it seems that she can't get any answers as to her mother from anyone. As she seeks for answers it seems that all she finds are more questions....

Did the wallpaper in her room really change to reflect how she was feeling? What exactly are those lights that dance in her backyard? Can a cake really bring back a lost love?

Sarah Addison Allen won me over from the moment that I read Garden Spells. So I definitely could not contain the anticipation when I first heard of The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and I am happy to say, I was not disappointed.

The town of Mullaby and its residents were wonderfully charming. I want to live there. I want to know these people. I want to get caught up in their magic. I loved all the relationships and different examples of love expressed throughout the story. The love of a mother for a daughter, of a man for a woman, of a child for her parent.

This story has a little bit of everything... romance, mystery, forbidden love and did I mention food... mouth-watering food, and on top of all that, sprinkle a hint of magic. It was utter perfection.

Ms. Allen's writing is stunning, enchanting, whimsical, magical... it is so detailed, so fresh, so charming - that it will leave you with a smile on your face and a skip to your step.

Once again, Sarah Addison Allen has ensnared me with her beautiful storytelling. For those of you who (like me) believe in magic - you just HAVE to read this book. I mean it, go get a copy of it right now. You will not be disappointed.

Take a moment to check out the book trailer (it's adorable):


15 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Utter perfection indeed! On my list of favorite books ever! Great review.

cynthiagarrido2004 said...

Great review my darling

Mary said...

Nely, I liked it too - really, I think she should continue the story of these people!!!

Nely said...

Mary - I agree. It would be fantastic if she came out with a sequel. I fell in love with everyone in this book and if I were to have any complaint, it would be that - that I just wanted it to keep going.

Angela said...

I haven't read Garden Spells or The Girl Who Chased the Moon yet but they have both been added to my list. I keep hearing such wonderful things about this author - I can tell I need to check her out!

emmegailsbookshelf said...

Great review! I loved both Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. This one is definitely up next! Thanks for sharing! :)

Kailana said...

I really enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to her next one!

Tribute Books said...

Must add to my pile,thanks!

Alison's Book Marks said...

I just read The Sugar Queen last month for book club, and I am already a fan of Sara Addison Allen! I love her writing and so glad to hear that The Girl Who Chased to Moon is just as magical!

Thanks for posting the trailer, I haven't seen it before and I loved it!

Emidy said...

I've been wanting to read this book forever! I'm happy to hear that it was good. I also love the cover - so pretty.

Jenny said...

This sounds really good!!! I liked Garden Spells but wasn't completely enchanted like some people were, but it might have been b/c by the time I read it I had HUGE expectations. But I do still want to read this one. And the Sugar Queen too!

Kerry said...

I love any book that can sprinkle in a little bit of magic, and both the title and cover here suggest a certain amount of whimsy. Sounds great. Thanks for the review!

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

I just posted my review for this as well and, like you, I loved it. Sarah Addison Allen is amazing, I wish she already had hundreds of books released...oh I would be so busy reading. I hadn't seen the trailer, thanks for posting it, it's so sweet.

brizmus said...

I would love a smile on my face and a skip to my step. I love Sarah Addison Allen, and it sounds like this is keeping up with her tradition of awesomeness.

Ann-Kat said...

I'm squealing! I was at the bookstore yesterday and I held this one in my hot little hands and contemplated purchasing it, but put it back at the last moment. Looks like I'll have to grab it for certain the next time.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
 
Blog designed by Dreamy Blog Designs using Cré@Bisontines I'm Yours Kit