Title: The Sugar Queen Author: Sarah Addison Allen Published: May 20, 2008
Read: Audio book in July, 2014 Rate: 4 out of 5
Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter is her favorite season, she’s 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 mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night…. Until she finds her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother. With Della Lee’s tough love, Josey’s narrow existence quickly expands. She even bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who is hounded by books that inexplicably appear when she needs them—and who has a close connection to Josey’s 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 that’s just for starters.
Brimming with warmth, wit, and a sprinkling of magic, here is a spellbinding tale of friendship, love—and the enchanting possibilities of every new day.
First line: When Josey woke up and saw the feathery frost on her windowpane, she smiled.
These books are whimsical superstitious (but not the scary kind) southern setting where.. bad things do happen but it doesn’t prevent some sort of happily ever after.
One of the story features in this is… Josey has a woman named Della Lee living in her closet.
“Josey, of all people, understood the appeal of living in there. If Della Lee wasn’t in the closet, Josey would crawl in there right now. She would eat raspberry caramels and chocolate-covered cherries and read a romance novel.”
My Goodreads comments:
1. Her books feel almost the same but dressed with different characters. I know different things happen in them but…it’s a feeling not always logical.
2. It’s bizarre how these characters are more upset with this guy for telling his girlfriend he cheated than the fact that he did cheat.
3. These characters are annoying. I liked her other two books. Oh well.
4. Buy the house right under her? How is the heck would that win her back?
5. What on earth, usually, the magic in these stories are only background wasn’t expecting that.
Yes. I wouldn’t start with this one if you are wanting to read her books. It was good but compared to other ones, start with something else. I’d recommend reading Garden Spells — they’re not related I just liked that one over all her other ones.
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