My book discussion group just finished a delightful book by Sarah Addison Allen entitled "The Girl Who Chased the Moon: a Novel." If you're looking for a gentle read, I would recommend it. The book is probably best described as an adult fairy tale.
The book opens with 17-year-old Emily Benedict arriving in Mullaby, North Carolina after the death of her mother. Emily hopes to find answers to questions that have haunted her for life...why did her mother leave her hometown...why has she never wanted to return...why was she so secretive about her past. What Emily finds is a gentle giant in her grandfather, mysterious lights that skip through the town, wallpaper that changes to match her mood and more secrets.
Emily is befriended by Julia Winterson. Julia has her own secrets...emotional scars from a lost love to match her physical ones. Her cakes seem to be therapy and they seem magical.
The author blends the various threads masterfully. The characters are charming and flawed. Mullaby, North Carolina reminds me of Mitford or Mayberry with a touch of magic. While parts of the story might be a little predictable, it was an enchanting read. You can find the book shelved in the Adult Fiction area of your local branch or request it here.
--Ron A., Weber Road Branch