The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

The Book:


Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
Twenty-seven-year-old Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden 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 it harboring none other than local waitress Della Lee Baker, a tough-talking, tender-hearted woman who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother…

Fleeing a life of bad luck and big mistakes, Della Lee has decided Josey’s clandestine closet is the safest place to crash. In return she’s going to change Josey’s life—because, clearly, it is not the closet of a happy woman. With Della Lee’s tough love, Josey is soon forgoing pecan rolls and caramels, tapping into her startlingly keen feminine instincts, and finding her narrow existence quickly expanding.

Before long, Josey bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who makes the best sandwiches in town, is hounded by books that inexplicably appear whenever she needs them, and—most amazing of all—has a close connection to Josey’s longtime crush.

As little by little Josey dares to step outside herself, she discovers a world where the color red has astonishing power, passion can make eggs fry in their cartons, and romance can blossom at any time—even for her. It seems that Della Lee’s work is done, and it’s time for her to move on. But the truth about where she’s going, why she showed up in the first place—and what Chloe has to do with it all—is about to add one more unexpected chapter to Josey’s fast-changing life.

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.

The View:

What is not there to not like about ‘The Sugar Queen’? I read this for a book club discussion but could not make it because of some other commitments and I feel terrible about it. I so wanted to know what others thought about the plot, characters and writing. I, for sure, absolutely loved it.

Josey Cirrini’s otherwise boring life gets a turn for the better when she finds an unexpected visitor residing in her closet. The closet is her favorite spot where she hides all her sweet delicacies and travel books away from the watchful eyes of her mother. Della Lee is here is to stay and in spite of the inconveniences she puts Josey through, Josey still develops a liking for her. Della introduces Josey to Chloe who apart from making the best sandwiches in the city may also have a relationship with her.

The characters in this story where all so life-like. I know quite a few Josey’s who stack their secret passions (food, travel, dreams) in a hidden closet and live their everyday lives acting as if nothing is wrong. I wish they would all come across a Della Lee to show them the path to freedom. I liked Della Lee from the start though I had no clue of how the story will turn out. Chloe was my least favorite character but I enjoyed the part where books kept finding her way to her. I envied Chloe and wished I was the one having these random helpful books finding their way to me. How sweet would that be? A book at an arm’s reach just when you need it.

Rated a 5 on 5 and definitely one of the best books I have read this year. The plot is unique with an equal mixture of reality and illusory, the characters were real and the writing interesting. Sarah Addison Allen has done a fantastic job and deserves all the excellent ratings and ravings out there.


kavyen

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2 Responses

  1. O I love love love this one too!

  2. I will definitely have to keep an eye out for this one. Great review!

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