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.
The Sugar Queen is a cute magical romance.
It is a book my mom and I can both enjoy and we usually listen to books by Sarah Addison Allen during road trips. The story surrounds Josey. She has been raised basically to take care of her mother who has enough money to hire someone. It seems to be a status symbol to have your daughter or granddaughter at your beck and call.
A secret compartment with candy and books?!
Yes, please! Unfortunately, Josey finds an unexpected guest hiding in there and her life is changed forever. Through the advice of her guest in the closet, she steps out of her mother’s shadow to start living her own life.
Josey meets Chloe who is followed by books (I want that gift!) and has her own struggles to overcome.
Books appear to Chloe when she needs them! They try to guide her though she doesn’t listen. She and Josey become good friends and in their own ways come out of the shadow of a loved one to live lives of their own.
Warnings: There is a little bit of cussing and while no sex scenes it isn’t totally innocent. If you are offended by magic, then use caution. It isn’t overt but it is there.
This is a really cute romance that is more than JUST a romance. I love the part saying she is a sorry excuse for a Southern belle. This was actually on my TBR list for a really long time but once I got it I devoured her other books like candy 😉
Everyone lives in someone’s shadow at least for a time and if you get comfortable you can stay out of fear but never live your life. The Sugar Queen has funny and cute moments as well as some serious/scary moments. All around this is a cute book worth reading or listening to!