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)
Now, I am not a big fan of reviews with spoilers, after all they are reviews, not book reports. With that said I have to admit that when I first heard about this book, I was a little skeptical. I was looking for something different, something to pull me out of the murder, crime and paranormal romance books that I’ve been reading for years. So when a friend of mine suggested I read this book I made the leap and purchased the audio book. WOW is all I have to say. The story line is simple and beautiful; there is magic, love, loss and oh yeah …. FOOD, OMG I think I gained 5 lbs while listening to this book! I would go home everyday craving BBQ sandwiches and I even logged on line to find some of the cake recipes mentioned in the book, which author’s website so graciously provides! With excellent attention to detail and description the end of the book left me feeling satisfied and very food passionate.
I enjoyed this book. It starts slow so be patient. I really liked another book by the author so I decided to try this story out and enjoyed it as well. A good and engaging listen.
This was a really nice story - not twisted plots but great characters. One reviewer wrote if you like fairy tales you would like this story and this is very accurate. Well spent credit about life in a little NC town, complete with southern drawl. Sweet!
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
Quirky coming of age novel (of sorts) that takes place in N. Carolina. Emily moves back to live with her grandfather after her mother dies¸though Emily never knew she had a grandfather, and knows nothing about her mother’s life in this small town. The loneliness and sadness in this town is balanced by quirky oddness and hope. The book is entertaining but lite. What else to expect from a bestseller recommended as a summer beach read. Keep those expectations and it is entertaining.
Enjoyed this book so much, in great part because of Rebecca Lowman's amazing narration. Her voice draws you in to begin with, but her ability to do distinctive voices really shines in this. I highly recommend it. Sweet story! I'll definitely listen again in a few months.
the story itself is no big deal, but it is certainly entertaining , as i said sweet and with strokes of little magic(not the paranormal kind) it reminds me of some of A. Hoffman's novels,the magic I mean. Anyway, the book is light in a good way, like a glass of cool spring water. What I did not like was the ending: too abrupt unless there is a sequel.
i liked the performance. It was very good. all in all, I think it's worthwhile.
What a special gift this story is...so southern, magical. The narrator is perfection. She gives this story such life. The author weaves the fabric of this story in the way the best storytellers do....thank you.
This audiobook definitely caught me by surprise! It was a delightful story and the narrator was absolutely fantastic. After this book I bought all the other books by this author and though they are all noteworthy this book is my absolute favorite Sarah Addison Allen book!
this wasn't the great book I wanted it to be. It wasn't a bad story, there just wasn't anything in it to make you want to root for someone or hate someone or feel much of anything. It was ...eh.
I love Sarah Addison Allen's other two books, Garden Spells and Sugar Queen, but this book was just so-so. It was as though she needed to pay her mortgage, so she threw together another book. It had the same magical elements as the other two books. I don't know if this book was too similar to the others, or whether the plot was just not compelling enough.
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