Sunday Review: The Girl Who Chased the Moon

February 24, 2013

Hello, friends!  Sorry I wasn’t able to put up a review last weekend, I had rented and watched four movies the week before and to say I was overloaded would be an understatement.  Anyway, today I have a slightly different review for you.  I am sharing not just one of my favorite books, but one of my favorite authors: Sarah Addison Allen.

author Sarah Addison Allen books

To date, Sarah Addison Allen has written four books which include (in order of publication): Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and The Peach Keeper.  Although I titled this post after The Girl Who Chased the Moon because it is my favorite, it is really nearly impossible to pick a favorite at all.  Each story is so expertly woven and so magically transporting that I could pick any one of them up and it immediately feels as though I am back in the world Allen creates with her unique and mysterious characters.  Although these books are not in a series, each of the novels centers around two female protagonists whose lives intertwine, often with a little bit of magic mixed in for good measure.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

In The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Emily Benedict is the new girl in town sent to live with her
“gentle giant” grandfather, she moves into her mother’s old bedroom in her mother’s old house in the same town where her mother grew up.  But in a small, Southern town like Mullaby, North Carolina, the past might as well be the present, for both Emily and Julia, who also returns to Mullaby with her own secrets and her own share of town gossip.  But, no Sarah Addison Allen book would be complete without a little bit of magic, and, as it says in the description, “Emily Benedict is about to find out if wallpaper can change pattern on its own, if a cake can bring back a lost love, and if there really is a ghost dancing in her back yard.”

I think this book is my favorite of the four simply because I found the main character the most personally identifiable to me.  Each of these books takes places in a small, Southern town, each with its own mystery and magic, but The Girl Who Chased the Moon has a gentler, more enchanting magic than the other three; at least, in my opinion.  I think what captures my imagination in each of these books is the subtle hint of something supernatural, the little bit of mystery and magic that can’t quite be explained; but, what always captures my heart (if I may be so cheesy) is the way Allen weaves the stories of her protagonists together, revealing the love and loss in equal measure so that the ending is always the best kind of bittersweet.

As I said, it is nearly impossible to choose just one favorite, and I think everyone I’ve asked has chosen a different book as theirs, so you may just have to read them all to find out which is yours!  As always, thanks for reading :)


*Images courtesy of the author’s website,, where you can also find information about each of Sarah Addison Allen’s books and upcoming publications.


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