Even after finishing The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addision Allen along with her two previous titles (Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen), I haven't decided where Ms. Allen falls in my reading experience. Entertaining with a touch of magical realism, maybe?
From Library Journal
After the death of her mother, Dulcie, Emily moves in with her grandfather in Mullaby, NC, and learns of her mother's part in the Coffey family tragedy. Fortunately, not everyone holds Dulcie's past against Emily—Julia welcomes Emily with a cake and offers a shoulder to lean on, but Julia has troubles, too. She's working off the debt on her father's restaurant so she can sell it and open a bakery far from the town that dismissed her so easily as a teen. Things may change if the romantic Sawyer can persuade Julia to trust him with her heart or if Win Coffey can help Emily expose the truth of her mother's deepest secret. Wallpaper that changes with mood, a sweet scent to call one home, and boys who glow in the moonlight will make readers jealous they can't live in a magical world like Allen's. VERDICT That it is never too late to change the future and that high school sins can be forgiven—these are wonderful messages, but Allen's warm characters and quirky setting are what will completely open readers' hearts to this story. Nothing in it disappoints.
I appreciated that there was just enough darkness in this story to keep it from slipping into syrupy sweetness. I also thought again about high school reunions, contrasting the more typical reunion depicted in Elizabeth Berg's The Last Time I Saw You with the reunion of sorts playing out in The Girl Who Chased the Moon.
Rating: 3.5/5 (Fiction Scale)
Dedication: To the memory of famous gentle giant Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918-1940). At the time of his death at age twenty-two, he was eight feet eleven inches tall--a world record that has never been broken.
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