My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I just can't help it, I have to give this book five stars because I loved it so much! There is not a whole lot to discuss and it is a bit more of a "fluff" book, but reading it was such a joy.
The story takes place in the quaint little barbecue town of Mullaby, North Carolina. There are two main characters and stories - Julia, a woman who grew up in Mullaby and left it as a teen, has recently moved back to take over her father's restaurant and come to terms with her past-life as a troubled teen who never quite fit in. Then there is Emily, a teen who has come to Mullaby for the first time to live with a grandfather she has never known. Her mother has recently died and Emily has to get comfortable with a place her mother never talked about and reconcile the altruistic mother she knew with the town's view of her mother as a cruel, spoiled girl who caused a tragedy. These two stories intertwine as the characters help each other overcome their difficulties.
Mullaby is a strange town where lights flit around in the forest at night, scents of cake are actually visible and there is even a gentle giant. The story is somewhat predictable but the characters are well-developed and enjoyable to read about.
Definitely looking forward to reading the author's other books.
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