by Sarah Addison Allen
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 stop baking them. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also in the hope of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Flour, eggs, milk, and sugar . . . Baking is the only language the proud but vulnerable Julia has to communicate what is truly in her heart. But is it enough to call back to her those she’s hurt in the past?
Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in. (Source: Goodreads)
Bored and not having any idea what to do before my scheduled long phone conversation with my best friend I didn't know I would be discovering a world so unlike my own that night. And just as I was mesmerized by its beautiful cover and title, the awe upon reading the book was far greater.
The Goodreads description sums up the plot I would love to write. But it would be pointless writing about this novel without my two cents worth. So here they are:
One word about this book: ENCHANTING. The setting, the characters, the plot and the magic! I love the words used, it was modern yet still sounds so poetic and magical.I love the love and connection between the characters. I love the idea of the baking language and the metaphor about chasing the moon. I love the romance! Gosh! I have this huge thing about romance and in this book? It left me wanting more.
I laughed. I cried. (Just a little) I got giddy. I'm in awe. This is absolutely enchanting. Others might find the story line and the whole idea weird but these things just prepare us for the stranger things in life.
One thing I noticed though, things seemed to be a bit rushed by the end of the book. It's like the happily ever after came too soon. Nonetheless, I still love it and I just can't wait for the time when my wallpaper will change to lighted fireflies.