Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Book Summary(via Goodreads):
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.
This insomniac's opinion:
I believe that summertime is a time of magic, when anything is possible and wonderful happenings abound. So, with the Iowa temperature rising, this novel was the perfect weekend read. I have never before read a Sarah Addison Allen novel and was pleasantly surprised. This novel was compulsively readable and had a wonderful touch of wonder and magic weaved in to the story. Now, this novel isn't high-brow reading. It is simple, fluffy chick-lit. Every now and again, don't we all need a little of that kind of reading?
Worth staying up all night to read?
Yes, but even better  when read sitting in the sunshine!
Rating: 3.5 stars

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