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The Sugar Queen | [Sarah Addison Allen]

The Sugar Queen

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.
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Publisher's Summary

In this irresistible follow-up to her New York Times best selling debut, Garden Spells, author Sarah Addison Allen tells the tale of a young woman whose family secrets - and secret passions - are about to change her life forever.

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, tenderhearted 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.

©2008 Sarah Addison Allen; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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    Stephanie Berget Ontario, Or, US 11-25-09
    Stephanie Berget Ontario, Or, US 11-25-09 Member Since 2009

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    I bought this author's first book on a whim and as soon as I was finished listening to it immediately downloaded the Sugar Queen. It was just as wonderful as the first. I can't wait for her next book. The characters are quirky and the story really draws you in. She is now a must buy author for me

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 12-11-12
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    "True relationships mixed with Fantasy: loved it!"

    Books appearing out of no where and a woman living in someone closet sound far fetched but I really liked this book. The story was well developed, as were the characters.

    I'm sure many of us "not so thin" gals could relate to Josey's insecurity about her body image as well as interaction with men. Add in the mother she had;(although it was interesting to find out her issues as well) and it's no wonder Josey took her comfort in food.

    While listening to the story I thought Josey's new found relationships with Della Lee and Chloe would make a great TV Christmas movie. (And I love all those movies)!

    Adam's character was sweet and the perfect "prince charming" to come to her rescue.
    Very enjoyable.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, United States 11-29-11
    Kathy FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2009

    I love books!

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    I found "Sugar Queen" to be easy listening if that makes any sense. a sweet story about a shy woman who has been living in her mothers shadow and feels it is her responsibility to care for her mother . Of coarse she is addicted to sweets that she hides in her closet. All of this changes when she finds the towns bad girl living in her closet. I like Sarah Addison Allens books they are easy to read or listen to. They all seem to have a little magic in them and her writing reminds me a little bit of early Alice Hoffmen books

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura C. Brooks Asheville, NC 03-10-11
    Laura C. Brooks Asheville, NC 03-10-11 Member Since 2001

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    "Love this Author"

    I have read or listened to the 3 books by this author and think they are delightful. I loved them so much I bought them in paperback for a friend who doesn't have audible book access and I know she will love them, too. Spellbinding, etherial, enchanting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 05-07-14
    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.

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    "Okay book, mostly a drama"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure what I expected, but this story did bore me just a bit. It was mostly one of those "a woman finds meaning in life" affairs, only with just a little dab of the paranormal. Really, it seems as though this author cannot stop trying to rewrite "Practical Magic" with every new book she releases, which is annoying. I found this book to be somewhat formulaic for that reason. I think the writing was well executed and the characters well drawn, which is why I listened to the end, but the plot, though interesting and deeply involved, just wasn't quite my cup of tea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Fairhope, AL, United States 08-09-12
    Donna Fairhope, AL, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about The Sugar Queen?

    The was the last of Sarah Addison Allen's books that I have listened to and I highly recommend each one. They hold my attention fully. There is just a touch of fantasy that adds so much to the stories. If you love a good, easy novel - you'll love these.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    krista atlanta, GA, United States 10-24-11
    krista atlanta, GA, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself!

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    I have enjoyed all of Sarah Addiaon Allen's books, the characters are interesting and the story is full of magic.

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    Michael PASADENA, CA, United States 05-13-15
    Michael PASADENA, CA, United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Very well written with great characters"

    This is a small story that is really a character piece. The author tosses in a little "magic" to make this stand out as an original work. Essentially we watch a woman grow when faced with the opportunity to achieve her desires for love and friendship. Along the way she has to learn to forgive others and mostly herself.

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    Claudia Lyon 05-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book!!"

    This book was wonderful!! It was a special story with a little bit of magic thrown in to make it unique!!! I always enjoy Sarah Addison Allen she is a very
    Good author

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    Sambrgr Great Falls, MT, USA 03-11-15
    Sambrgr Great Falls, MT, USA 03-11-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book!"

    An interesting romance. Strange and different but I liked it! A bit of magic was unexpected but well written. I recommend this book!

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