My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I adore the writings of Sarah Addison Allen. Her novels remind me of adult fairy tales – sprinkled with magic dust; flawed, soulful characters that lure you into their world with beauty and mystery. This book fits right in with the program!
It revolves around two women, Emily and Julia. Emily is a quiet teen who goes to live with her 8-foot-tall gruff grandpa in a house that first appears creepy, but later – extremely captivating. Of all the rooms in the house, Emily chooses the one that belonged to her deceased mother. The wallpaper mysteriously changes patterns depending on the changes that take place in Emily’s life. Happy frogs appear inside the dryer. Dancing lights live among the trees in the backyard. Romance sparks. Emily falls for a local boy who comes from a family with a long history of pain and misery. There are no werewolves or vampires under this Moon, but let’s just say…Emily’s guy carries a supernatural secret of his own.
Julia’s story is equaling compelling. A past decision from her teen years haunts her as an adult. She is forced to trust in destiny to bring closure and peace to her heart. And for being brave enough to confront her insecurities and regrets, she is rewarded with not one gift of love, but two. A tasty highlight: Julia’s passion is baking cakes and she uses the recipes and scents to attract positive energy to her life.
Magic or no magic, this is a wonderful book about taking risks, trusting instincts, asking questions until the truth is revealed.
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