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The Sugar Queen (Center Point Platinum Fiction (Large Print)) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Jul 2008
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"Like the most decadently addictive bonbons, once started, Allen's magically entrancing novel is impossible to put down."--Booklist, starred review
"Bewitching.... Such a pleasurable book."--Publishers Weekly
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A New York Times bestseller and the magical second novel from the author of the enchanting GARDEN SPELLS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
By the end I felt like I lived in something amazing!!!!!
This is the second novel I have read by Addison Allen - her debut GARDEN SPELLS was also very good. Her writing has an element of magic realism in them - at the centre of the plot is a very human story about relationships, betrayal, love and forgiveness, whilst at the same time there is the touch of magic to make the book a little less ordinary. Recommended for those who like their literature with a touch of sweetness!
Josey Cirrini is trapped in an enormous house in North Carolina, having to care for her overbearing wicked mother. Unable to enjoy her life, she finds comfort in travel magazines, romance novels and tonnes of candy that she hides inside a secret closet in her room. Across town, Chloe Finley is trying to pick up the pieces after her unfaithful boyfriend left her heartbroken and alone. Chloe had invested everything in her relationship and lost herself in the process, now her only comfort and guide are the books that magically appear when she needs them. These two lonely, broken young women are brought together by Della Lee Baker, a strange woman who mysteriously appears inside Josey's secret closet and stubbornly refuses to leave, until she helps them turn their lives around and discover themselves.
Once again Sarah Addison Allen delivers an excellently written coming of age story with a touch of magic. Her lonely and defeated characters discover themselves and overcome their insecurities and social conventions, in order to find love and happiness. The plot is well developed with beautiful descriptions and likable characters. What is really great in this unconventional fairytale for grownups is that like in life there are no heroes and villains; the unfaithful boyfriend is just as heartbroken and the wicked mother is really an insecure woman with a sad past.
The element of magic in the book, like in all of the author's novels, is enough to enrich the story and remind the reader of the magic that exists in life, without making it a fantasy or science fiction novel.Read more ›
Josey Cirrini isn't the typical Southern belle. For one thing, she's completely under her overpowering mother's thumb. Friendless Josey also hides stockpiles of candy and romance paperbacks in her closet, where a local waitress with a troubled life has decided to seek shelter, simultaneously blackmailing her into the bargain. Just when you thought Josey's life couldn't get any more complicated, her mailman, who she's been secretly in love with for three years, happens to find out the feelings she's been harbouring for him...
This is a wonderful read with so many stories entwined in one. The characters are all depicted so well and you feel like you end up knowing them- in particular Chloe, Josey's new friend, who has a particular affinity with books (they magically appear out of thin air trying to tell her things- love it!) and Adam, Josey's love interest. Josey is a heroine you'll end up cheering for and wanting to come out on top whilst admiring her loyalty and determination. If you're a fan of Cecilia Ahern or Christina Jones then you'll undoubtedly love this book.
I bought this book because I had nothing better to read at that time and I had already read "garden spells" and thought: why not?? (Although if a book doesn't have vampires, witches, werewolves etc in it, I consider it unworthy of my time...). But from the moment I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! And I didn't! I read it in one afternoon... The part where Josey describes her first kiss with Adam is the most magical description of a first kiss I have ever read!!! Heaven!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very poor plot, wooden characters, pure smaltz with no redeeming characteristics! I received it as a xmas gift and was hard put to find words of thanks.Published 5 months ago by jaronly
Josey is a 27 year old woman who lives in the shadows of a beautiful mother, the legacy of an inspiring father, and the nasty brattish history of her childhood, which has somewhat... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Serenity
Really enjoyed this book, the ending was not what i thought was going to happen at all! Nice holiday read.Published 22 months ago by Sophie
A light easy read in the style of Alice Hoffman without the depth. The characters are interesting and the story has a surprise at the end. Great holiday reading.Published 22 months ago by Gloria W
Very happy with the book by Sarah Allen.. Have read a few of her books. Very beguiling. Also very pleased with delivery. Came earlier than expectedPublished on 21 May 2015 by Ann Shirra
I bought this book on a whim, looking for a new author to spark my interest, and I'm so glad I did. I have to say I fell in love with this book from page one. Read morePublished on 12 May 2015 by Alison