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The Girl Who Chased the Moon

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

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eBook - 2010
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Emily Benedict came 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--a reclusive, real-life gentle giant--she realizes that mysteries aren't solved in Mullaby, they're a way of life.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780553906547
Characteristics: 1 online resource (269 p.)


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This is heart warming read about families that is perfect for a snowy day like today.

Chris says: "A sweet homey comfy read. Warning, you will get attached to all the characters!"

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Jan 26, 2021

Her books are so fun, they are a mix of romance and magic without going full blown “Harry Potter” on us, she also keeps to her Southern small town imagery with family feuds and mysterious scandals. This has multiple stories combined with Emily who moves back to her mother’s hometown and discovers that her mother had a secret dark past. Her grandfather is a giant man who oddly checks the dryer all the time and her bedroom wallpaper changes color. She becomes friends with Julia who grew up (was tortured in high school) with Emily’s mom. Julia has a 2 year plan to get out of town and doesn’t want to lay any roots or open any doors from her past so she can leave as quickly as possible. Both of these female characters have love interests in town that ruin their plans. If you liked Allen’s other books you will definitely like this one.

Nov 04, 2019

This has Allen's usual gorgeous imagery, and hints of magic, which is lovely. A little predictable this time, but still a nice read. I agree with others that this isn't her best work. I much preferred First Frost over this.

Apr 30, 2017

This is a charming southern romance novel with just a delicate touch of magic realism. Like many of Sarah's books, there are two love separate stories: one featuring an older woman and one featuring a teenager. Both love stories are structured around the general theme of acceptance. There's also a significant amount of quasi-magical cooking going on in here.

Mar 01, 2017

Adorable story. I loved it. I am back to get some more down to earth reading.

Jan 03, 2017

I quite rather enjoyed this book. It made me feel very happy and warm inside. I wish there was a bit more expansion on the ending as it was kind of a cliffhanger but aside from that great book. I found this to be a quick and easy read and I am usually a very slow reader.

Aug 17, 2014

Another quirky tale which I enjoyed - interesting characters, easy storyline.

Jan 15, 2014

This was so adorable!! I couldn't put it down or stop smiling thru the whole book! A fast read but addicting and totally cozy!

Aug 07, 2013

As Allen books go, this one is much more mainstream and subdued. It's got her usual magic, though less than her other books, and her usual place-has-personality is less of a character and more of a background here. The mystery is....not so much a mystery. But as with all Allen books, it's about the journey of the characters and their growing into the people they are meant to be. Julia was by far my favorite, but then, she's meant to be. I wished for a bit more depth with everyone else (but then I wouldn't have been able to read this one in a day), and for a bit more magic and mystery. It isn't bad, but in my opinion it isn't as good as Garden Spells or The Peach Keeper.

Mar 04, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and magical with a touch of bittersweet. Now I plan to read all the other novels written by this author.

Aug 27, 2012

Much ado about nothing. Here is a book which is sugary as life itself in North Carolina, where everything ends as in fairy tales - and they lived happily until old age.
Could be given three stars, if you look at it as a books for teenagers. But from the other side just a small two stars.

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Feb 04, 2011

p. 260

She'd wanted to do this alone, but she understood that her parents were worried, and if paying for her stay at a swanky inn made them feel better, then she would suffer through it and diligently eat the chocolate put on her pillow every night.

Feb 04, 2011

p. 139-140

In the spring, in a flood of pain and fear so great she doubled over in French class, Julia went into labour. […] She could feel the baby’s frustration, her impatience, as she manoeuvred her way to freedom. And Julia couldn’t stop her. As much as she wanted to, there was nothing she could do to keep this child physically bound to her any longer. Her daughter had a mind, and an agenda, all her own. After it was all over, the baby proceeded to fuss about how hard her journey had been to anyone who would listen, the way old ladies in tweed coats liked to fuss about long, hot train rides into the city. It made Julia laugh, holding the squawking infant in her arms.


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DanniOcean Apr 26, 2010

When Emily’s mother Dulcie dies in a car accident, Emily has no where else to go but to her mother’s old home town to live with a grandfather she has never met. Mullaby, North Carolina feels foreign to Boston-raised Emily, and her gigantic grandfather seems as baffled with her presence as she is by him. Her wonderful mother Dulcie – the philanthropic woman who saved countless lives - is never discussed. And soon she realizes that everyone in town seems to harbor some silent resentment about her mother, and the Dulcie they remember is not the saint who brought up Emily. While most townspeople seem ready to transfer their anger for Dulcie to her daughter, there are others who are curious about her. Win Coffey, a mysterious young man to whom she is drawn like a moth to a flame, knows the source of the bitterness in town, but has a battle of his own to fight, and her neighbour Julia, the woman who bakes exquisite cakes, has a secret of her own, one she cannot even share with her best friend. As a matter of fact, there are many tantalizing and enchanting secrets in Mullaby – wallpaper that changes with one’s mood, strange glowing lights in the woods, denied attractions between old flames, and pent-up sadness and guilt for actions long past. The Girl Who Chased the Moon is Sarah Addison Allen’s third novel, and in it we are again treated to a sensual, charmed story; there is still some darkness – high-school bullying, alienation, self-cutting, teen suicide – but ultimately Emily, Julia, Win and even grandpa Vance show that people do not have to be defined by their pasts and can be free to pursue the future they want, if they have the courage to choose.

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