I have enjoyed several novels by Sarah Addison Allen. The best so far has easily been The Sugar Queen. This book lacked a major conflict. It couldn't quite get it's feet under it in the drama department. All great stories need some sort of conflict. There were no stakes in this book. There was a great deal of character development, but all of the characters were comfortable. None of them risked anything major in the book at all. Plot wise this story was lacking.
She seemed fine to me.
Actually I would say that this book needed more scenes from the past in it. Had Allen developed the characters of Georgie and her friends in 1936 the book would have had more conflict and been a great deal more interesting.
The tiny tidbits of magic suggested throughout the book were interesting and fun, there should have been more of those.
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Every so often, I feel the need for the simplicity of a Sarah Addison Allen. Her books are comforting. They are interesting. They are light, but delightful pastimes. I suppose, in a way, she is our touch stone of how we wish things were. She and the narrator Karen White always make for a fun couple of evenings. The slight touch of understated magic is enough to tantalize without bugging us with things like werewolves and wizards. The romance is predictable and sometimes frustratingly obvious, but the soft southern feel rounds out the edges. And, as all good daiquiris do, they leave a little buzz before climbing under the covers at night for a good night's sleep.
I am a high school American Sign Language teacher. Ph.D in multicultural Education. Married, 2 grown daughters.
In my "really like it" list.
All of them. Each had a valuable place in the overall story.
She did well with all of them. Good narrator.
No, just couldnt stop listening!
Sarah Addison Allen does it again, produces a "can't put it down" book.
Interesting story, some what predictible
I did not have a favorite character.
I loved her voicing of the characters
Paxton's gramdmother. A true southern lady from a time gone by.
I look forward each of her books, each has the right mix of magic, love, south, friendship, families, and a wide range of human emotions, and delicious as the juice of a yummy peach.
I have read several of Allen's books, and have loved every one of them! I love how she brings magic into her stories and it is so believable! Don't miss any of Sarah's books--I can't wait to read/listen to more!
Ive read the reviews which attack this narrator and I dont agree. I find her voice perfect for the characters and tone of the book. I fell in love with Sarah Addison Allen the moment I read/listened to Garden Spells and have since been working my way through all of her books. I like the way that Ms. Allen develops her characters. She creates female characters that are easy to identify with, likeable women who are in the midst of some struggle we've all been in before. I find myself rooting for these women as they break through the barrier of self and develop their source of strength. I like the soft tone of her books and find myself wishing I could go to North Carolina - the location of all her novels The books are quick reads/listens (< 10 hrs) which I like because I get through them quickly, however I find myself missing the characters when the books are through. This specific book tells a story about the bonds of female friendship as well as touching on the struggle a woman has when she leaves the nest for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed it - both the content and the narrator.
I like the author; however, the story was ruined by the narrator. I will be buying the paperback version instead because the narrator's voice is so whiny and annoying that I couldn't tolerate listening to it.
Yes, I like the author. I also read Garden Spells which was great
Voice reminded me of my children whining and begging.
Sarah Addison Allen's stories are TOTALLY MAGICAL. I want to be sure that is understood.
The reader made the story go flat - I struggled with this one :(
my favorite is Kate Reading ,, BUT Sarah A. A. has had other gr8 readers too.
Audible + Sarah A. A. = a win !
Possibly. I love Sarah Addison Allen--that's why I selected this book.
It was lovely.
I have enjoyed Sarah Addison Allen since I discovered her first book. Karen White is a perfect match.