The Girl Who Chased the Moon Hardcover – 5 Aug 2010
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It's a bewitching read in every sense, taking you to a world of regrets, missed opportunities and lost loves found again. Magical (Glamour Must Read on THE SUGAR QUEEN)
'A bewitching tale laced with magic, hope and wit, a pure delight' (Bookseller on THE SUGAR QUEEN)
This compelling book has it all - passion, romance and sibling rivalry. This is Sarah Addison Allen's first novel - she's definitely one to watch (My Weekly on GARDEN SPELLS)
Beguiling . . . leaves a magical spell that enchants as it draws you in. An absolute gem. (Now on GARDEN SPELLS)
Captivating new novel by the author of GARDEN SPELLS will enchant readers looking for light, magical escapism.See all Product Description
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After her mother's death, Emily is sent to live in the town of Mullaby with her reclusive giant of a grandfather Vance Shelby, and soon finds that Mullaby is a strange place -- strange ghostly lights dance outside the house, and the wallpaper's pattern shifts to fit her moods. She quickly makes friends with Julia, a woman with a troubled past who has a knack for baking magical cakes, and a quirky young man named Win Coffey.
But Emily soon discovers that not all the people of Mullaby are so friendly -- especially the wealthy Coffey family -- and that her do-gooding mother used to be the cruel queen-bee. Over the days that follow, old secrets are laid bare as Julia confronts the ghosts of her thwarted high school love, and Emily discovers what her mother did to the Coffey clan -- and what secrets she exposed to the world.
Ghostly dancing lights that return lost jewelry, wallpaper that changes with your moods, a gentle giant, and a family that never EVER goes out at night. "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" has a gentle, magical air that makes it feel a little like a fairy tale in a small Southern town, and Sarah Addison Allen injects that feeling into almost every part of the book.Read more ›
Emily Benedict reluctantly goes to live with a grandfather she never met before, in a strange small town in North Carolina, after her mother's death. Her grandfather's deserted old house is visited by strange lights at night and her room has a magical wallpaper which changes on its own, without warning. Emily has to cope with her mother's loss and the town's hostility towards her. Soon she befriends Julia, a lonely woman with a troubled past, who used to know her mother, and an attractive young man with a haunting secret, who help her understand her mother's background and discover herself.
Once again Sarah Addison Allen delivers an excellently written, coming of age story with a touch of magic. Her heartbroken, lonely and usually misfit characters accept their uniqueness and find love and happiness, overcoming superstitions, insecurities and social conventions. The plot, although a little predictable, is well developed, with beautiful descriptions and likable characters. I remember reading somewhere, the term "magical realism" regarding Allen's work, and I think that it brilliantly describes it. The element of magic in the book is enough to enrich the story and remind the reader of the magic that exists in real life, without making it a fantasy, or science fiction novel.
The book also includes the fascinating section "A Year of Full Moons", with notes on myths and lore regarding each month's full moon.
The Girl who chased the Moon does seem to be pitched as a young-adult book, confronting issues of bereavement, bullying, self-harm, sexual awakening and teenage pregnancy - or simply just the difficulties of any young person trying to fit into an adult world that is difficult to comprehend, seeming to be made up of secrets that no-one wants to talk about. The book is however is anything but academic in its treatment of these issues, delicately casting a spell of mild magic over it all, without diminishing the importance of the subjects.
It's consequently a wonderfully light and entertaining read, with a laid-back Southern States feel that is delightfully enchanting and never talks down to the young reader. The author presents reasonably complex characters who are not entirely one thing or the other, but rather show many facets of their personality and have the capacity to be reflective and change. The magical elements then are not a distraction, but a way of expressing the complex emotional make-up of the characters and the forces of attraction that lie between them, and it works wonderfully.
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I always like Sarah Addison books But this one I loved if you get the chance read it lovely book. With love and redemption at the core.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
An enchanting story about misfits and their struggle for acceptance. It is interesting how it turns out that each character has its own problem of finding "home";... Read morePublished 3 months ago by yomn
Spell binding and beautifully written. Finished this book in a day I found it so captivating!Published 10 months ago by Sara Hunter
Pure story telling, magical and I can't put these books down...buy this one, buy them all you will not regret it!!Published 11 months ago by C. J. Mason