Book Review: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Title: The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Series: Standalone
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Published: 03/16/2012
Publisher: Bantam
Genre(s): Women's Fiction, Fantasy


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.


The Girl Who Chased the Moon is the second book I've read by Sarah Addison Allen and I favored it slightly over the first—Garden Spells. I was intrigued by the small town family secrets, and the mysteries, which felt more organic than those formulated for 'whodunnit' mysteries. It was all about the why and not so much about the who, what, or when. I was quite captivated by this "fable" and its main characters: Julia, Emily, Win, and Sawyer. There were several particularly beautiful passages I wanted to highlight. Quite an enchanting read!

(Note: I read the hardcover edition represented by the above cover.)