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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Loved this book

Where does The Girl Who Chased the Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Chased the Moon?

There were so many I couldn't begin to say and besides it would give away the story.

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Lowman – was your favorite?

I love the voices of the two main males characters were by far my favorite voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to the book in one sitting. I was just taken away.

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Wonderful Story

Finally something different. Sweet and beautifully written. I'm sorry it ended! I fell in love with all the characters.

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Ok if you like mystic love stories but not a lot of depth.

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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Magical

Captivating story that makes you wish for a small town life full of its ups and downs!! I can not wait to read it again.

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I loved this book!

This book is wonderful a truly special book and always a little magic mixed in.

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  • Jeri
  • Asheville, NC
  • 04-03-15

Not for me

What disappointed you about The Girl Who Chased the Moon?

Some of the characters were a bit ridiculous. Are there really grown people out there who are that hung up on things that happened in high school? Maybe there are, but it just wasn't believable to me, and I had the urge to yell, "Move on!" on more than one occasion.

What was most disappointing about Sarah Addison Allen’s story?

The stereotypical characters

What about Rebecca Lowman’s performance did you like?

She was a good choice for this book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't.

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Charming!

Ms Allen has a wonderful ability to mix magic and stories of real-life characters create a wonderful tale . Loved this book!

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Sarah Addison Allen does not disappoint!

The Girl Who Chased The Moon is a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility. Emily and Julia's parallel storylines were both engaging and refreshing to read as they both chase the moon in search for happiness.

“It took me a long time to realize this: We get to choose what defines us.”

All of the characters in this story were likeable and the plot was infused with steady-paced intrigue, romance, and moments of mystical enchantment that kept me captivated the entire time.

“He reached for her and kissed her. It was all at once passionate, as if there was too much in him to contain. He was immediately swept up in it. It took no effort, the difference between swimming on your own and being washed away in a flood.”

The Girl Who Chased the Moon is all about finding that elusive point called home.

“I spent so much time telling myself that this wasn't home that I started to believe it," she said carefully. "Belonging has always been tough for me."
"I can be your home," he said quietly. "Belong to me.”

The more I read, the more I fell in love with the men in the book - Win and Sawyer. The way they chased after the love they wanted made me want to keep turning the pages to find out more.

“He lifted up on one elbow and looked down at her. What she wouldn't give to see what he saw, to know what made him look at her that way.”

This is a great read that will leave you wanting to read more about Emily/Win and Julia/Sawyer, but not because the story abruptly ends, but rather because you come to care about the people of Mullaby. I was happy with how the story ended, but would have loved to know just a bit more as to how the town of Mullaby responded to that final chapter.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 07-31-14

More of a sweet YA

This is the third book I have read by SA and I have enjoyed all three, however, this was the first of them that I thought was a YA read. Still a fun, light story with a hint of magic but a bit more juvenile. It may be the reason why I did not connect with these characters like I did in, Lost Lake and Garden Spells.

I liked the ending, it left the continuation of the characters lives up to the imagination. The narration was good and some of the voices were done well, but here again, for me, not as good as the last two. A definite recommendation for young adults. I am looking forward to reading more by Sarah Allen Addison.

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Sooooo disappointing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narration was flat, and the writing juvenile. The story had so much potential, but the writing and narration just didn't pull it together.