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The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
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Jan 31, 2013

it was amazing
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Read in February, 2012

I adored this book!! Sarah Addison Allen is a phenomenal author, with a charming, evocative writing style. She creates stories with worlds you never want to leave, and characters you wish you knew.

When Emily Benedict comes "home" to a town she knew nothing about after the death of her mother, she quickly discovers that the mother she knew was a very different person in her youth, and that small towns keep secrets and hold grudges really well.

Her only living relative - the grandfather the town calls "The Giant of Mullaby" is kind but distant, and almost everyone else is almost hostile to Emily, seemingly just because she's Dulcie Shelby's daughter. Emily is determined to understand who her mother was, and why the whole town seems to hate her.

Julia Winterson, Emily's next door neighbour, is renowned in town for the fabulous cakes she bakes every single day. While nobody is sorry about Julia's baking obsession, what's behind it, and who are those cakes really intended for? As one of the town's troubled teens in her own youth, Julia has worked hard to get past the challenges of her past, coming back to Mullaby "temporarily" to sort out her father's restaurant after he dies. But now that she's back, will she really be able to leave again?

The author [who also wrote the equally wonderful Garden Spells - here's my review of it:] seems to have a magical ability to create worlds and characters that will utterly enchant the reader. This book will draw you in to the lives of complicated, wounded people with seemingly insurmountable challenges, and as you take their journeys with them, you will become so engrossed in their stories that you almost won't realize how love, patience, forgiveness and family can heal things that seem un-healable until they do.

This book gives you so many things to love. From a peek inside a quirky small Southern town, to slightly magical happenings like wallpaper that changes based on the mood and life experiences of the occupant, to people with secrets that seem insurmountably dangerous. These components come together into a book that is evocative, and delightful and comforting. I cannot recommend the books of Sarah Addison Allen highly enough! They are special and wonderful reads.
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