Thursday, July 07, 2011

Book Review: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Another weekend trip - another audiobook. I'm enjoying the lighter side of fiction right now - perhaps hitting a summer novel stride. A perfect fit in this genre are all the works of Sarah Addison Allen. Recently read  novels by Ms. Allen (and reviewed here): The Peach Keeper, The Sugar Queen and Garden Spells. For our trip back and forth to NH we traveled back to South Carolina for "The Girl Who Chased the Moon".

The Audible 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.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon is my fourth listen by author Sarah Addison Allen - and perhaps the one that I've enjoyed the most. The story is as rich as but perhaps a bit more compelling than the others I've listened to (The Peach Keeper, Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen). The characters are sympathetic and I loved how Ms Allen wove the stories of Dulcie, Emily, Julia, Wynn and Vance together into a unified presentation. It's a sweet story without a word of extraneous dialogue. If you liked other books by Sarah Addison Allen - or Sarah Jio's The Violets of March, you will like and enjoy The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon was written by Sarah Addison Allen, narrated by Rebecca Lowman and published by Random House Audio. The Girl Who Chased the Moon was released on 3/16/2010 and has a runtime of 7 hours 2 minutes.

Also, I looked up the recipe for a hummingbird cake and found one from southern belle Paula Dean...
Among the ingredients: banana, pineapple, pecans, vanilla and cinnamon. Oh and it's topped with cream cheese frosting...I'll have to try it next time I'm in the mood to bake something. Link to the recipe is here:
http://www.marthastewart.com/350178/hummingbird-cake

1 comment:

Espana said...

"The Girl That Chased the Moon" is a captivating account of a young girl whose appearance in a small Southern town ties up the loose ends of several lives and exposes one very old family secret.
It welcomes you from the initial lines of the first chapter to come along on this journey of reunion of not just her family roots, but the binding of a handful of wandering souls trying to find a home within their own hearts and houses.
The author has used her words to help the reader understand the culture that caused some of the unrest as well as that culture's ability to submit healing.