My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There are two story lines to this book. Emily Benedict is a 17 year old, returning to the town her mother was raised in but where she had never returned. She finds that her mother has left behind a dubious legacy, completely in contrast with the woman she knew. Julia Winterson, a 30-something neighbor, helps Emily on her journey while trying to decide where home is for her and reconciling her past with her future.
Reading Sarah Addison Allen's books are akin to eating Southern comfort food. They are so entertaining, easy to read, satisfying and they make me happy. I can't help but love her use of magical realism with a summertime North Carolina setting. I definitely recommend Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen as well.
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Book 27 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge, Book 12 of 25 for the Support Your Local Library Challenge, Book 1 for the Once Upon a Time Challenge, Book 27 of 50 for the Countdown Challenge (2010)