The Girl Who Chased the Moon

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

A Novel

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780553807219
Characteristics: 269 p. ; 22 cm.

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kwsmith
Apr 30, 2017

This is a charming southern romance novel with just a delicate touch of magic realism. Like many of Sarah's books, there are two love separate stories: one featuring an older woman and one featuring a teenager. Both love stories are structured around the general theme of acceptance. There's also a significant amount of quasi-magical cooking going on in here.

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foxylady31
Mar 01, 2017

Adorable story. I loved it. I am back to get some more down to earth reading.

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belle489
Jan 03, 2017

I quite rather enjoyed this book. It made me feel very happy and warm inside. I wish there was a bit more expansion on the ending as it was kind of a cliffhanger but aside from that great book. I found this to be a quick and easy read and I am usually a very slow reader.

TSCPL_MichelleM Jun 03, 2016

What can I say? Sarah Addison Allen weaves a good tale.

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Mothercat
Aug 17, 2014

Another quirky tale which I enjoyed - interesting characters, easy storyline.

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JackieFC13
Jan 15, 2014

This was so adorable!! I couldn't put it down or stop smiling thru the whole book! A fast read but addicting and totally cozy!

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

As Allen books go, this one is much more mainstream and subdued. It's got her usual magic, though less than her other books, and her usual place-has-personality is less of a character and more of a background here. The mystery is....not so much a mystery. But as with all Allen books, it's about the journey of the characters and their growing into the people they are meant to be. Julia was by far my favorite, but then, she's meant to be. I wished for a bit more depth with everyone else (but then I wouldn't have been able to read this one in a day), and for a bit more magic and mystery. It isn't bad, but in my opinion it isn't as good as Garden Spells or The Peach Keeper.

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hpiuck
Mar 04, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and magical with a touch of bittersweet. Now I plan to read all the other novels written by this author.

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Pisinga
Aug 27, 2012

Much ado about nothing. Here is a book which is sugary as life itself in North Carolina, where everything ends as in fairy tales - and they lived happily until old age.
Could be given three stars, if you look at it as a books for teenagers. But from the other side just a small two stars.

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jessssro
Aug 26, 2012

I decided to read this book after reading Garden Spells, and I was not disappointed! Although both books have many similarities (baking, magic, and romance), I enjoyed this book a little bit better...who wouldn't want to live in the fantastic little town of Mullaby which Sarah Addison Allen has created?

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Feb 04, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Feb 04, 2011

p. 260

She'd wanted to do this alone, but she understood that her parents were worried, and if paying for her stay at a swanky inn made them feel better, then she would suffer through it and diligently eat the chocolate put on her pillow every night.

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p. 139-140

In the spring, in a flood of pain and fear so great she doubled over in French class, Julia went into labour. […] She could feel the baby’s frustration, her impatience, as she manoeuvred her way to freedom. And Julia couldn’t stop her. As much as she wanted to, there was nothing she could do to keep this child physically bound to her any longer. Her daughter had a mind, and an agenda, all her own. After it was all over, the baby proceeded to fuss about how hard her journey had been to anyone who would listen, the way old ladies in tweed coats liked to fuss about long, hot train rides into the city. It made Julia laugh, holding the squawking infant in her arms.

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DanniOcean Apr 26, 2010

When Emily’s mother Dulcie dies in a car accident, Emily has no where else to go but to her mother’s old home town to live with a grandfather she has never met. Mullaby, North Carolina feels foreign to Boston-raised Emily, and her gigantic grandfather seems as baffled with her presence as she is by him. Her wonderful mother Dulcie – the philanthropic woman who saved countless lives - is never discussed. And soon she realizes that everyone in town seems to harbor some silent resentment about her mother, and the Dulcie they remember is not the saint who brought up Emily. While most townspeople seem ready to transfer their anger for Dulcie to her daughter, there are others who are curious about her. Win Coffey, a mysterious young man to whom she is drawn like a moth to a flame, knows the source of the bitterness in town, but has a battle of his own to fight, and her neighbour Julia, the woman who bakes exquisite cakes, has a secret of her own, one she cannot even share with her best friend. As a matter of fact, there are many tantalizing and enchanting secrets in Mullaby – wallpaper that changes with one’s mood, strange glowing lights in the woods, denied attractions between old flames, and pent-up sadness and guilt for actions long past. The Girl Who Chased the Moon is Sarah Addison Allen’s third novel, and in it we are again treated to a sensual, charmed story; there is still some darkness – high-school bullying, alienation, self-cutting, teen suicide – but ultimately Emily, Julia, Win and even grandpa Vance show that people do not have to be defined by their pasts and can be free to pursue the future they want, if they have the courage to choose.

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