Publisher: Random House <3
Release Date: February 8th, 2011
Genre: Adult Contemporary, Magical Realism
In her latest enchanting novel, 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.
This is going to be another one of those quickie reviews. I just want to make a few points, and that’s it really.
Sarah Addison Allen is still one of my favorite writers. She has a way with words that just makes me love to savor her writing. It’s poetic and magical. I can’t help but be a little bit worried though. I didn’t connect with this book as much as I did with The Sugar Queen, and definitely not as much as her debut, Garden Spells. The detail was a bit lacking. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, just not as much. It almost felt rushed to me.
There were a lot of ideas that I liked though. The Mullaby lights were kinda cool, but I especially loved the changing wallpaper. I really liked Julia as a character and I totally want to make a Hummingbird cake. I had never heard about them until this book. She’s introduced me to a lot of Southern recipes that I didn’t know about. Her books always make me hungry.
This book was just shorter than the others and perhaps that was the problem. It was still a great read though. I have high hopes for The Peach Keeper and I will be moving on to that one next.