The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen

The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel

bySarah Addison Allen

Kobo ebook | March 16, 2010

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BONUS: This edition contains a The Girl Who Chased the Moon discussion guide and an excerpt from Sarah Addison Allen's The Peach Keeper.

Emily Benedict has come 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, 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, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, not only wishing to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also dreaming of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. 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.

Title:The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 16, 2010Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553906542

ISBN - 13:9780553906547

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet and enchanting I was really impressed with this book. It didn't follow the teen angst teen done wrong rebel plot. It had a magical note to it and it allowed you to care about all the characters. I enjoyed reading how all the relationships evolved. I loved how the grandfather was different. I assume this is a teen novel but I recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb story A lovely plot both magical and mystical complete with enchanting characters.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting This world was amazing. The characters, the mystery, the romance. It was so well written and just what I expected. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely and Magical This is an enchanting story about a teenager girl and young woman, both are searching for a place to call home. I devoured this book in one sitting and would absolutely recommend it to others.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A "sweet sense" calling someone home Another magical story from Sarah Addison Allen. How does she do it? How is she able to take the reader on such wondrous journeys, with ordinary characters, often flawed or dissociated from life for whatever reason and turn them around, taking us with them. I am amazed at the depth of the author's character building. Her books always enchant me and take me to a better place, they are so alluring they definitely keep me reading. In The Girl Who Chased the Moon, we have broken lives, secrets kept and secrets ready to destroy. Emily Benedict has just lost her mother and has made the decision to go back to Mullaby, where her mother was born, and where the grandfather she never knew she had lives. She is shocked at the number of secrets her mother kept from her about her life. She isn't welcomed by the townspeople, in fact, she feels that they would like to run her out of town because of something her mother did. What could she possibly have done to create such animosity? Emily only knew her mother as a caring and devoted parent, one who was charitable to everyone. Why didn't her mother ever tell her anything about her life? She is even shocked to learn she has a living grandfather, even more that Grandpa Vance is a giant. As they begin to get to know each other, maybe the biggest mystery is within the house itself. Very strange goings on. Keep an eye on that wallpaper and don't go in the woods! She becomes acquainted with Julia Winterson next door who was in the same class as Emily's mother, and another lost soul. A healing process gradually brings a close relationship to both. I was fascinated with the idea of a "sweet sense" calling those who have it whenever Julia bakes. This story just simply flows through the connections of a life Emily never knew about. The writing is so smooth and captivating. I couldn't put it down once I started. What are the mysterious lights of Mullaby? What secrets are being held by her new friends? What deed could her mother have done to still cause such condemnation? Why does Win Coffey keep showing up? This is a story of healing, second chances, and secrets that need to be unveiled, causing the reader to feel they want and need to know all those answers too. I loved this book, a hauntingly beautiful story. Recipes included.
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl Who Chased The Moon I loved it so much I didn't want it to end! I want to know what happens next. If you want to get outside of your own troubles and take a fantasy trip, this book is the one to do it with.
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An enjoyable read. This is a relaxing enjoyable read although the ending leaves you wanting more.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This story captured me in unexpected ways, Sarah's magic wove me into my chair. Delightful :-)
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She does it again! Magical, tearful, and satisfying as a cake
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read It lovely and light Sarah Addison Allen's writes books are easy flowing, light to read. Great stories. Excellent on the beach books. I would even recommend then to a young adult.
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A nice bit of fluff. I just returned from a trip, and I always travel with a lightweight story, something to hold my interest, but not so gripping I cannot put it down. Anything by Sarah Addison Allan is perfect. A fluffy story about finding where you belong, with a bit of romance and magic thrown in. A lovely read, right up there with the Peach Keeper and Garden Spells.
Date published: 2012-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful comfort read! I finally did it. I read a Sarah Addison Allen novel back in April after years of avoiding the author for fear her stuff would not be to my liking for the simple fact that everyone seems to love her. To be honest the only reason I read it was because it was a buddy read in my Goodreads group. When I was reading it it too me a little while to get into because for me the book started off really slowly and it wan't until around page 60 that I really started to get into it and once I did I finished it pretty quickly. What I liked about it was that it was a light read and at under 300 pages it was relatively short. I can understand why her writing appeals to so many people there is no doubt that she has a talent for the written word. I'd have to say my favourite character was not Emily but the 34 year old Julia who runs a diner in Mullaby. For me she was the star of the novel. I really felt a much stronger connection to her than I did to Emily who I found really annoying for some reason. I truly enjoyed the simplicity of the novel and how sweet and laid back the author was in writing it but I just wish it had just felt to me as though it was missing something. A few times while reading the novel it seemed to start and go a bit but that could just be me because this is my first time reading the authors stuff. All in all I enjoyed the book it had just enough of that southern comfort to make it appealing to readers young and old and I think no matter what your tastes in books are chances are you'll walk away after reading this book feeling pretty good. It's just one of those novels that lifts your spirits and makes you feel good so I recommend this one to everyone. I especially think that it would be a great mother daughter read. I will absolutely be checking out more of this authors books in the future.
Date published: 2012-06-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for Adults I picked up this book because I thought the ideas were abstract. Heather's pick is not for adults. As I started reading this book, I began to think that it was a youth book. As I read on, I realized that there were more than one main character. Emily is 16 and is having a fantastical experience. But Julia has come home to find herself and her lost love. Emily's part of the story had teen romance all over it a la Twilight. Julia's story was a little mature. I couldnt tell if this book was made for teens or not. I think that Sarah Addison Allen needs to chose which genre she's writing for. Give this book to your teenaged daughter, but maybe not your adolescent one.
Date published: 2011-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charmingly Simple Tale Sarah Addison Allen has created a story that feels magical, reads lyrically and is memorable in the ways of all favourite bedtime stories. While the main characters are Emily ( a teenage girl new to the town of Mullaby) and Julia ( a women who has returned after many years, it's really a story of a town and it's people. A story of how we as people deal with others and our place in our world. Whether a popular kid or a misfit, no matter our social standing, we are all looking to be accepted and loved. The descriptive phrasing in this truly whimsical tale are beautifully rendered. Some of my favourites: -" It was outrageously flaunting it's age, spitting paint chips and old roofing shingles into the yard." -"He seemed badly constructed, like a skyscraper made of soft wood instead of concrete." -'....and all that was left was a collective unconscious, a tradition without a memory, a dream every person in the town of Mullaby had on the same date every year." A delightfully enchanting tale of love and magic and community. I can't wait to read some of her other stories to see if they contain the same feelings of acceptance and familiarity. A lovely read for an easy summer day on the beach or porch swing or hammock.
Date published: 2011-04-12