Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

I always enjoy Sarah Addison Allen’s books, they’re not the typical chick-lit or light romances, magic and charm suffuses the pages of each one and makes them a delightful escape from the humdrum.

After the death of her mother, Emily Benedict travels to the Mullaby, North Carolina, the hometown her mother left vowing never to return to. Emily wants to know why. What happened there to make her mother slam and lock the door on her past?

Emily takes up residence with her grandfather, Vance Shelby, known as “The Giant of Mullaby” a semi-reclusive gentle giant eight feet tall. She is soon befriended by the local baker Julia Winterson, the former wild child who still wears a streak of hot pink in her hair to remind herself of who she used to be. A proud woman who can only communicate her love through baking special cakes, Julia has promised herself she will only stay in Mullaby two years, to pay off the mortgage on and sell her late fathers BBQ restaurant, and then return to Baltimore to fulfill her dream of opening her own bakery. Meanwhile, she tries to dodge the attentions of Sawyer Alexander, who, during their schooldays, was the most popular boy who has a complicated history with Julia.

Mullaby is a place of mysteries. Ghost lights dart across the backyard at night and the wallpaper in Emily’s room—the room where her mother grew up—changes to mirror the occupant’s mood. And then there is the mysterious Coffey clan, the town’s most affluent family, who still harbor a grudge against Emily’s mother and never go out at night. And no, I will tell you right now, this is not another vampire or werewolf book.

This is an enchanting book, peopled with a cast of quirky, endearing characters, and a nice treat if you want a break from historical fiction or heavy, serious drama but don’t care for the typical contemporary romance or chick lit.


Carol N Wong said...

That kind of book is an excellent break from historicals. Recently, I have found that I have a love affair with quirky!

Thank you for the review.


Brandy Purdy said...

I wholeheartedly agree Carol. I love these quirky little books I can breeze through on my breaks between reading, writing, and researching historicals. I have read all this author's books so far and loved every one. I hope to eventually post reviews of them all.