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Publisher's Note:

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. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And 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—which is a good thing, because Julia can’t seem to …

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

by Sarah Addison Allen

Overall Book Review:

New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen constructs an intriguing and mysterious fable in The Girl Who Chased the Moon. Allen mixes the history and tradition of the South with several puzzling secrets that leave the small town of Mullaby, North Carolina on edge. 

Allen’s ensemble of characters is eccentric but lovable in every way possible. Two main story threads converge to bring together a curious orphan, a shy giant, a scarred baker and the town’s golden boy. Beautiful storytelling and a well-paced plot made The Girl Who Chased the Moon so irresistible, you might not be able to put it down. 

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Sex: 11 religious exclamations, 19 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory name.

Violence/Gore: Report of a suicide and of a character being slapped; an extended incident of violence where a character cuts herself; a fire destroys property, but there are no casualties

Sex/Nudity: A few accounts of kissing; several sexual references involving “sleeping together”; numerous implied or reported sexual activity involving pregnancy and affairs; an incidence of touching areas normally covered by a bathing suit; a scene of nudity with sexual innuendo; a discussion regarding sex and a detailed description of sexual activity between adults. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of a family member, suicide, unwanted pregnancy, family crisis.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Several characters drink.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.