Nicole Says… Read This Book by Sarah Addison Allen

By Nicole McManus

Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Girl Who Chased the Moon
by Sarah Addison Allen

After her mother dies, 17 year old Emily Benedict finally meets her grandfather when she moves into her mother’s old room in Mullaby, North Carolina. She has never been to her mother’s home and hopes to learn more about her mom and maybe even herself. However, she finds herself in a town filled with secrets, where rumors about her family and her very tall grandfather run rampant, and strange lights appear in the night beckoning her to follow. If this wasn’t enough to intrigue young Emily, her neighbor, Julia Winterson, who has several secrets of her own, bakes the most heavenly desserts that carry the scents of love and dreams of a united, happier future.

Even though there is magic in every scene of this book, the main characters are relatable, and readers will be moved by the emotional stories connected to both Emily and Julia. These two characters form a lasting friendship as they each crave what they have never had. Sarah Addison Allen oozes Southern charm in this poignant, emotional tale that will grip the reader’s heart and soul.

I first read this book several years ago, and the beauty of this novel has been in the back of my mind ever since. I can still picture and smell some of Julia’s pies! The feeling of warmth from this magical story never fails to bring a smile to my face, and re-reading it felt like returning to a favorite vacation spot.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic in reading. Contact her at

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