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The Sugar Queen: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) Paperback – April 14, 2009
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In this irresistible novel, Sarah Addison Allen, author of the New York Times bestselling debut, Garden Spells, tells the tale of a young woman whose family secretsâand secret passionsâare about to change her life forever.
Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter is her favorite season, sheâs a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her motherâs house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each nightâ¦. Until she finds her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesisâand two parts fairy godmother. With Della Leeâs tough love, Joseyâs narrow existence quickly expands. She even bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who is hounded by books that inexplicably appear when she needs themâand who has a close connection to Joseyâs longtime crush. Soon Josey is living in a world where the color red has startling powers, and passion can make eggs fry in their cartons. And thatâs just for starters.
Brimming with warmth, wit, and a sprinkling of magic, here is a spellbinding tale of friendship, loveâand the enchanting possibilities of every new day.
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And if you know Sarah Addison Allen well enough from all of her other stories, you’ll stick with this one and I invite you to do so because at some point, the entire story comes together … like some kind of knitted sweater that seems to be coming together in pieces and then all of a sudden, the arms are attached to the bodice and perhaps the hem is knit in place and the collar is set to embrace the chest which demands a piece of artistic jewelry to complement the entire garment.
Oh, my, goodness … this story is delicious! Every character … every conversation and every place and moment is knit together in the story so perfectly than when the story gets wrapped in its beautiful package, the reader feels like they have received the most precious gift … one that they will cherish forever!
I loved this story! I loved it soooo much more than I thought I would and that my friend, was the precious, unexpected and delightful gift I received from finishing this book. I invite you, the potential reader, to take a risk and begin the journey to a place of no return and when you’re done … when you’re finished, you'll place the book in a sacred place … a place that will beckon you time and time again to pick it up and take another emotional journey to a place of peace, delight and refuge.
Go ahead … you deserve it!
The characters were rather flat for the better part of the first half of the book, but then it picked up and I was rooting for one in particular. However, there were some pieces that never had satisfying resolutions. I kept waiting but it never happened. And when it seemed like they might, the book ended.
I gave it three stars because she has a good writing style. I just think the story needed to be fleshed out a little more, especially because there was more than one storyline going on at the same time. I would have liked to say more, but I don't want to ruin the book for someone else with spoilers. Bottom line; well written and interesting premise once you actually figure out what the premise is. I'd try another of her books.
Author Sarah Addison Allen introduces Josey Cirrini, the sweet, obedient, 27-year-old daughter, who loves all forms of sweet treats and romance novels, dedicated to her widowed mother, Margaret. One day Josey arrives home in the imaginative mountain town of Bald Slope in North Carolina, where she still lives with her mother, to find something very interesting, informative, yet frustrating in her closet that goes by the name of Della Lee Baker. But Josey has a closet full of secrets all ready. The biggest secret she is hiding involves her mailman, Adam Boswell, who has chosen to hide in Bald Slope. Another key character is Chloe Finley, a young woman who befriends Josey, who is dealing with the aftermath of a secret revealed by her boyfriend Jake. She is obsessed with the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in its entirety will satisfy her, even though she has a few mysterious secrets of her own. The biggest secrets of all have been kept from Josey, and started with her parents. But will the truth set Josey free?
This is a novel that I consumed as fast as most kids do candy at Halloween. The Sugar Queen will not only make you crave sweets, but will also cause cravings for more writings from author Sarah Addison Allen. It will melt your heart like chocolate on a hot engine and make you believe in magic and books.