Reading a Sarah Addison Allen book is always a treat. “Treat” being the key word, because her novels typically mention a lot of calorie filled treats that makes you to want to bake up a storm. Her latest book, “The Girl who Chased the Moon” is no exception. Like Allen’s other books, “The Sugar Queen” and “Garden Spells” it is filled with magic, love, family and lovely characters.
The story involves two women, Julia’s in her late 30’s and Emily is 18. We first follow Emily’s story when she arrives at her grandfather’s home in Mullaby, North Carolina after the death of her Mother. Her grandfather, whom you will quickly fall in love with, is known as the town giant because of his height. He’s also got the stigma of being Dulcie’s father, the town snob that caused a lot of hurt and pain to everyone in the town. Emily is shocked to hear of her Mother’s past, because the Mom she knew was an advocate for all things positive and helpful.
Julia was the town outcast as a teenager, like Dulcie, she moved away to get better after a suicide attempt. The things that happen when she moves away eat away at her from there on out and when she has to come back to Mullaby to look after her Father’s restaurant after his death, the things that have haunted her for so long begin to resurface.
Together, Emily and Julia form a friendship that is based out of mutual situations and a fondness for one another. Like any Addison Allen book, it is filled with an ounce of magic and love that cause the reader to want to find out what’s going to happen next. It wasn’t my favorite Addison Allen book, but it was imaginitive and sweet. If you’re a fan, definitely pick it up, because she has the talent of writing a charming novel that always leaves you wanting more… and also leaves you craving a piece of pie.