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

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

About the Book:

In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling 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. For instance, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? 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. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth and in the hope of bringing back the love she fears she’s lost forever. In Julia, Emily may have found a link to her mother’s past. But why is everyone trying to discourage Emily’s growing relationship with the handsome and mysterious son of Mullaby’s most prominent family? Emily came to Mullaby to get answers, but all she’s found so far are more questions.

Is there really a ghost dancing in her backyard? Can a cake really bring back a lost love?

In this town of lovable misfits, maybe the right answer is the one that just feels different.

My Review:

The Girl Who Chased the Moon was, without question, a treat. Within the magical pages of her novel, Sarah Addison Allen transports you to another time, another place, another attitude. Allen successfully captures the essence of the small, quaint North Carolina town that seems as though it is right out of a simpler time.

You’re likely familiar with the elements that lend to that feeling; families with secrets, quirky townsfolk who all know each other — and those secrets, neighbors who look out for one another, the old, sprawling homes, the down-home cooking (barbecue and delicious baked concoctions that make your mouth water as you read about them)…and the list goes on. The Girl Who Chased the Moon captures all of these things, not to mention a captivating storyline and unforgettable characters.

From beginning to end (literally), I found myself anxious to see what would happen next, and I breezed through this book. This was another novel where I found myself both looking forward to the conclusion (I wanted to discover the big secret!) and dreading the end of such a pleasant read.

Allen is a fine author whose books will definitely be on my reading list in the future. Do yourself a favor and read The Girl Who Chased the Moon. It will be a much-deserved and much-appreciated escape from your daily life. I have passed this on to my teenaged daughter, who I know will enjoy this book (almost) as much as I did!

About the Author:

Sarah Addison Allen is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is currently at work on her next novel. You can visit Sarah Addison Allen’s website at

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.



Kristin is the mom of two boys and two girls and lives outside of Philadelphia, PA. She loves to read, write, shop, and spend as much of her summer as possible at the Jersey shore!

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