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The Girl Who Chased the Moon : A Novel

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER </b>- <b>&quot;A dusting of magic, the aroma of sugary cakes swirling through the breeze, and a girl who unwittingly brings change to a town of misfits make for a sweet summer story filled with hope and forgiveness.&quot;--Beth Hoffman, author of </b> <i><b>Saving CeeCee Honeycutt</b></i> <p></p>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.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "A dusting of magic, the aroma of sugary cakes swirling through the breeze, and a girl who unwittingly brings change to a town of misfits make for a sweet summer story filled with hope and forgiveness."--Beth Hoffman, author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

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.NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •  “A dusting of magic, the aroma of sugary cakes swirling through the breeze, and a girl who unwittingly brings change to a town of misfits make for a sweet summer story filled with hope and forgiveness.”—Beth Hoffman, author of  Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

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.

Specifications

Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
Sarah Addison Allen
ISBN-13
9780553385595
Publication Date
February, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.30 x 5.40 x 0.60 Inches
ISBN-10
0553385593

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Most helpful positive review
Average rating:5out of5stars
The Girl Who Chased th...
The Girl Who Chased the Moon is a fast, delightful read with so many of my favorite things. First, it takes place in the South, a great place to start. Second, the characters are well developed and fully fleshed out. And third, Sarah Addison Allen is a marvelous writer who paints beautiful word pictures. Emily Benedict comes to Mullaby, North Carolina, to live with her grandfather; a man she didn't know existed until her mother died. In Mullaby, Emily discovers there are many secrets involving her mother, secrets making it appear that her mother was not the same person that Emily knew. What follows is an engaging read that kept me turning pages long into the night. I'm not generally a fast reader, but I could not put this book down. I just had to keep reading to find out the secrets involving Emily's mother and some of the rather magical things that go on in Mullaby. I highly recommend this book to those who love Southern fiction with quite a bit of magic thrown in.
Most helpful negative review
Average rating:2out of5stars
Not really liking it t...
Not really liking it that much to be honest. Maybe because after 1 month of living in a hell. (renovation of my house)) I can not concentrate on reading. Will try another book of this author.
Most helpful positive review
Average rating:5out of5stars
The Girl Who Chased th...
The Girl Who Chased the Moon is a fast, delightful read with so many of my favorite things. First, it takes place in the South, a great place to start. Second, the characters are well developed and fully fleshed out. And third, Sarah Addison Allen is a marvelous writer who paints beautiful word pictures. Emily Benedict comes to Mullaby, North Carolina, to live with her grandfather; a man she didn't know existed until her mother died. In Mullaby, Emily discovers there are many secrets involving her mother, secrets making it appear that her mother was not the same person that Emily knew. What follows is an engaging read that kept me turning pages long into the night. I'm not generally a fast reader, but I could not put this book down. I just had to keep reading to find out the secrets involving Emily's mother and some of the rather magical things that go on in Mullaby. I highly recommend this book to those who love Southern fiction with quite a bit of magic thrown in.
Most helpful negative review
Average rating:2out of5stars
Not really liking it t...
Not really liking it that much to be honest. Maybe because after 1 month of living in a hell. (renovation of my house)) I can not concentrate on reading. Will try another book of this author.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon is a fast, delightful read with so many of my favorite things. First, it takes place in the South, a great place to start. Second, the characters are well developed and fully fleshed out. And third, Sarah Addison Allen is a marvelous writer who paints beautiful word pictures. Emily Benedict comes to Mullaby, North Carolina, to live with her grandfather; a man she didn't know existed until her mother died. In Mullaby, Emily discovers there are many secrets involving her mother, secrets making it appear that her mother was not the same person that Emily knew. What follows is an engaging read that kept me turning pages long into the night. I'm not generally a fast reader, but I could not put this book down. I just had to keep reading to find out the secrets involving Emily's mother and some of the rather magical things that go on in Mullaby. I highly recommend this book to those who love Southern fiction with quite a bit of magic thrown in.
Not really liking it that much to be honest. Maybe because after 1 month of living in a hell. (renovation of my house)) I can not concentrate on reading. Will try another book of this author.

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Average rating:5out of5stars

The Girl Who Chased th...

The Girl Who Chased the Moon is a fast, delightful read with so many of my favorite things. First, it takes place in the South, a great place to start. Second, the characters are well developed and fully fleshed out. And third, Sarah Addison Allen is a marvelous writer who paints beautiful word pictures. Emily Benedict comes to Mullaby, North Carolina, to live with her grandfather; a man she didn't know existed until her mother died. In Mullaby, Emily discovers there are many secrets involving her mother, secrets making it appear that her mother was not the same person that Emily knew. What follows is an engaging read that kept me turning pages long into the night. I'm not generally a fast reader, but I could not put this book down. I just had to keep reading to find out the secrets involving Emily's mother and some of the rather magical things that go on in Mullaby. I highly recommend this book to those who love Southern fiction with quite a bit of magic thrown in.

Average rating:5out of5stars

This is the second boo...

This is the second book of Sarah Allen's I have read and I love this one just as much as the first. Her stories remind of Alice Hoffman but so far I have not been disappointed by Sarah. The ending is just as magical as the beginning. Sarah pulls you into her world and makes you feel like you are in the book watching it all play out. She is now one of my favorite authors.

Average rating:5out of5stars

I couldnt put this do...

I couldn't put this down! An old southern feel with deep roots of doing things a certain way because that's how they've always been done. The younger generation has a much more honest approach to putting the past to rest. And the ending...is there a second book in this story or do we smile with satisfaction that good things are to come?

Average rating:5out of5stars

Seventeen-year-old Emi...

Seventeen-year-old Emily Benedict moves in with her grandfather in Mullaby, North Carolina, after her mother's death. However, as she meets the townspeople, including Julia, the next-door neighbor with a troubled past, and her own grandfather, a gentle giant whose reticence makes Emily feel isolated, she finds out that her mother led a very different life before having Emily - and it looks like a boy named Win Coffey could explain who she was, and help Emily find her own place in a town full of secrets.Sarah Addison Allen is a treat to read, and this one is no different. With just a touch of magic, family, and romance, The Girl Who Chased the Moon is like stepping into a Southern fairy tale.

Average rating:4out of5stars

This book started off ...

This book started off a bit slow and I found that I had a hard time getting into the characters for a bit. Several chapters in though, they became very likable. The story was great, it was interesting and magical, mixed in with a couple of sweet love stories. Unfortunately by the time I was really into it, it seemed to just get wrapped up nice and tidy and I was left feeling like I got cheated out of a great story. I would still recommend it for a quick, enjoyable read.


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