As a fan of Garden Spells, and Sugar Queen, Sarah’s latest is a beautifully woven story of finding one’s way.
The North Carolina town of Mullaby holds a curiosity for Emily Benedict. Since her mom passed away, unanswered questions bring her to a grandfather she’s never met. Vance Shelby, a giant of a man that has to duck his head to go through doorways, didn’t know of Emily’s existence until recently. His daughter, Dulcie, had left Mullaby unexpectedly and never returned.
Julia Winterson lives next door to the Shelby place, and has her own irons in the fire. Returning home and keeping her deceased dad’s business afloat, has taken a plan and determination. Baking is a way of communication for Julia, and the secrets in her heart are a magical mix all their own. While Julia helps Emily emerse into Mullaby life, she tackles the old memories that keep her awake at night, and the man who planted them there. At the heart of it all, is a secret wish she mixes into all her famous baked goods at J’s BARBECUE.
Sarah Addison Allen’s books take a reader somewhere they’ve never been before. The Girl Who Chased the Moon has a big dose of heart, and compells the reader to muse on magical things; like wallpaper that changes, and lights that skip across the night. Sarah’s characters are rich and emotionally flawed, and mesh beautifully in this story that left me wanting more. She’s writes a true heartsong, and I loved it. More please!