In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times best-selling 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 - 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.
©2010 Sarah Addison Allen (P)2010 Random House
"There are love interests, big family secrets, and magical happenings (color-changing wallpaper, mysterious lights) aplenty as Allen charts the spiraling inter-generational stories, bringing everything together in an unexpected way." (Publishers Weekly)
This is a very sweet story that is a delightful listen. If you a are looking for a peaceful, charming adult fairy tale, you will enjoy this book.
A blend of drama and fantastical imagery with a dash or two of whimsy, makes this book as delicious as I imagine Julia's cakes to taste!
I have listened to this story more than once. I love the way Sarah Addison Allen uses magical realism in her stories: her stories aren't really about magic, but it's always incorporated into her stories in beautiful and interesting ways.
I also enjoy Rebecca Lowman's reading: she has a very soothing way of speaking, but at the same time does such a wonderful job giving each character their own voice.
I really enjoyed Rebecca Lowman's portrayal of Stella: something about the way she did the accent made it very easy for me to picture a flirtatious southern belle.
I love audiobooks so hard!
Yes! It was a fantastic story.
This was another wonderful story by Sarah Addison Allen. The ONLY reason I knocked off a star for the story is because the ending was so abrupt! Everything else was fantastic. I think I may have found another favorite author.
SAA's books are always magical and delicious- this one left me feeling like it ended just a little too abruptly. I think the reader deserved to see the reunion at the end, but maybe I'm greedy.
Not much of a reader but love to listen
This is my first book by Sarah Addison Allen and what a book it is. The story is so sweet and the narrator does a fantastic job with the character voices. I would listen to it again just to hear the voices.
I know there will be a sequel because the end leaves you wanting more.
There were so many I couldn't begin to say and besides it would give away the story.
I love the voices of the two main males characters were by far my favorite voices.
I did listen to the book in one sitting. I was just taken away.
I thought this book was a little heavy on cliches. A swoony innocent teenager, a not-really-rebellious rebellious lady who'd never married, and a weird story about glowing people with not much depth or reasoning behind it, but it had just enough of a story and description for me to make it through to the end.
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