Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Book Review- The Girl Who Chased the Moon

I finished reading The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen for a Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Tour.

About The Girl Who Chased the Moon

In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world…no matter how out of place they feel.

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. For instance, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? 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. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth and in the hope of bringing back the love she fears she’s lost forever. In Julia, Emily may have found a link to her mother’s past. But why is everyone trying to discourage Emily’s growing relationship with the handsome and mysterious son of Mullaby’s most prominent family? Emily came to Mullaby to get answers, but all she’s found so far are more questions.

Is there really a ghost dancing in her backyard? Can a cake really bring back a lost love?

In this town of lovable misfits, maybe the right answer is the one that just feels…different.

My Review

Although I have heard lots about books by Sarah Addison Allen, this is the first book I have read by her.  And the best way to descibe the book would be "enchanting". 

The characters were endearing. Win Coffey seemed sweet and I thought he and Emily made a cute couple.  I really wanted to know what his secret was and while I had my own predictions, they were way off.  In fact, I have never ready a story where this "secret" was part of the story.  I love new things!  I also like Julia and Sawyer.  Sawyer seemed the like all-around-good-guy and without saying whether or not they ended up together, I will say that I definitely wanted them to.

My only complaint about this book is that I felt it was too short.  I want to know more.  I want to know how Win and Emily's relationship pans out.  And I want to know what happens with Julia and Sawyer's secret!

There is just a touch of magic in the book and it was definitely the sweet kind.  I look forward to reading other books by Sarah Addison Allen!

I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

This book fullfills items for the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 34
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 23
2010 Chick Lit Challenge: 4

About Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah Addison Allen is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is currently at work on her next novel. You can visit Sarah Addison Allen’s website at

*FTC Disclosure: I was sent this book a part of Pump Up Your Book Promotions for a honest review.


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed Sarah's latest book. She has quite a following. I've never read anything by her, but after all the great reviews she's received during her tour, I want to give her books a try.

    Thanks for the lovely review.


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  2. This looks and sounds like a wonderful read!

  3. I LOVED this book :) Great review :)

  4. very nice review. Sounds like a great book.