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 worldno 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 knewa reclusive, real-life gentle giantshe realizes that mysteries arent solved in Mullaby, theyre 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 Wintersons cakeswhich is a good thing, because Julia cant seem to stop baking them. She offers them to satisfy the towns 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 shes hurt in the past?
Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emilys backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.
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"There are love interests, big family secrets, and magical happenings...aplenty as Allen charts the spiraling inter-generational stories, bringing everything together in an unexpected way." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. Allen's warm characters and quirky setting are what will completely open readers' hearts to this story. Nothing in it disappoints." - Library Journal
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North Carolina novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction -- a captivating blend of fairy tale magic, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility.
Born and raised in Asheville, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journalist father for the former and her mother, a fabulous cook, for the latter). In college, she majored in literature -- because, as she puts it, "I thought it was amazing that I could get a diploma just for reading fiction. It was like being able to major in eating chocolate."
After graduation in 1994, Allen began writing seriously. She sold a few stories and penned romances for Harlequin under the pen name Katie ...
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