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The Girl Who Chased the Moon

The Girl Who Chased the Moon
by Sarah Addison Allen

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. (amazon.ca)

You have no idea how much it pains me to have to wait for new Sarah Addison Allen books. It is especially painful because I wait for them to come out in trade format since I refuse to pay the insane price of the hard cover. I now know I will love her books immensely and therefore know I must own a copy, so I wait. This particular time I had plans to read it during the summer because my crappy library actually had one copy. It was always out and there was an insane waiting list for it so I said forget it.

My dear friend Monkey sent me an amazon giftcard for my birthday last month and I used that to preorder this here book. When it arrived earlier in the week I was just finishing off another book and then I devoured this one happily.

Once more I am greeted by characters that made me laugh and cry and feel at home. Once more I turned the last page of the book only to be shocked that it was over because I didn’t realize I had read so fast. Once more I was sad the book ended because I was going to miss these characters.

Allen has a way of writing that makes you want to be a part of the town she’s chosen to tell her story. You want to be out on a porch swing, sipping lemonade and wondering when the heat wave is going to end. You want to smell sugar and lemon and vanilla and you think you CAN while you read. You want a room whose wallpaper changes depending on your mood.

You want to BE the story.

I am constantly in awe of how strongly a Sarah Addison Allen story affects me. I don’t feel anything remotely like I do when I read her novels than when I read anyone else’s. Even if it’s a story from a favourite author. Her books comfort and content me in a way I can’t describe and like no other.

So far, I believe this to be my order of preference for the three books I have read. Out in front, Garden Spells, a close second, The Girl Who Chased the Moon and in third place The Sugar Queen. I am curious as to where The Peach Keeper will fall in this list. It comes out in March and seems to be $28.99 in my local shops. Gah! Maybe I will try and wait on whatever waiting list my crappy library might have if they get it in, because I am lonely without her characters.

Something that makes me happy: Everyone I have suggested Garden Spells to has loved it. I am now trying to convince all of these people to read Allen’s other books and it’s working. I am now passing out her books in my office, starting with my boss. The stories are contagious in a good way. 😉

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12 comments to The Girl Who Chased the Moon

  • I still think you should get a library card for the big library by the bus station. They have her books, in English. That’s how I read Garden Spells. You could go on your lunch hour. 🙂

    • Cat

      Oh, Monkey. You forget that I am ultimately lazy. 😉

      • But they have a good selection of English books and it’s free to belong. (I think…it was either free or $2.) Instead of going to the bookstore at lunch you could go to the library.

        • Cat

          Stop trying to win me over with your stupid logic. Who needs logic! (Sadly, I don’t even go to the bookstore anymore. I do go exercise though! I suppose that’s better for me?) I think Berri might be a little too far for library browsing at lunch. I suppose I could search for books online and then go pick them up… but I’ll be dammed if you get me to use logic. 😈

  • Funny but I think The Sugar Queen was my favorite. I don’t like the secondary characters as much in that one but I liked other things about it. And if I’d thought of it first, I’d totally have a candy stash in my closet.
    I recommended Garden Spells on my blog and had a friend tell me they couldn’t believe I liked it. I wasn’t really sure how to take that. 😕
    I really liked Girl Who Chased The Moon – very interesting twist on the finger pointing, blame laying. And I loved the woman who baked.

  • Just re-read my comment and how many times did I start with “I” ?? Good grief.

    • Cat

      Ha! *I* also fret over how many times I use “I” in my reviews. I often go back and try and rephrase things. I hate that. I can’t stop using I! Gah!

  • I’ve heard such good things about Sarah Addison Allen but I haven’t read anything by her before. Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen are definitely on my list though. I’ve heard them compared to Practical Magic and Chocolat.

    • Cat

      I don’t know why I am surprised by this, but I am! I feel like you’d be a total SAA fan. Yes, Garden Spells is similar to Practical Magic, but I liked this a LOT better. It was way more charming and enchanting.

  • OMG
    Me too!
    Her books are so magical.
    I particularly connected with the characters in this one.
    FAB review!

  • I have read this book and I did enjoy it, but not as much as you have. However there is something about her books that keeps me reading them. I have read all but one, her first book. it is on my TBR pile (and that pile is growing every day).

  • I love her books, too! The first two I read from the library, the third I got a review copy of, and her new one I am hopefully getting a review copy of when it comes out. Yay!