Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Genre: Magical realism.
Setting: The small town of Mullaby, North Carolina in the present day.
Reason for Reading: I enjoyed Allen's first book, Garden Spells, very much.
Finished In: Days
Pages: 269, cryptically including a list of the names of the full moons at the end.
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: A deark-haired girl walking up stone steps that seem to lead nowhere. She is barefoot, wearing a red dress and carrying a lantern. The moon is full and the sky a deep shade of blue.
First line: "It took a moment for Emily to realize the car had come to a stop."
Best part: It pulls you in and rolls you through the pages with a scent of summer.
Worst part: The plot twist toward the end felt forced and confusing.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Small town" by John Mellencamp
Recommended for: Fans of Alice Hoffman would enjoy her work.
Related Reads: Garden Spells by the same author, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.