The Sugar Queen

The Sugar Queen

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In this irresistible follow-up to her New York Times bestselling 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.

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.

Baker & Taylor
Quiet, awkward Josey Cirrini's peaceful life caring for her elderly mother is turned upside down when Della Lee Baker, a sassy, confident, and bold waitress fleeing an abusive boyfriend, decides to hide out in Josey's home.

Blackwell North Amer
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 her closet 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Quiet, awkward Josey Cirrini's peaceful life--caring for her elderly mother, enjoying romance novels, and indulging in her secret passion for sweets--is turned upside down when Della Lee Baker, a sassy, confident, and bold waitress fleeing an abusive boyfriend, decides to hide out in Josey's home. By the author of Garden Spells. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bantam Dell, 2008
ISBN: 9780553805499
0553805495
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALLEN
Characteristics: 276 p

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foxylady31
Mar 13, 2017

Not as captivating as the Waverley books but I loved it. Very interesting plot. Wanyed so much to slap Josie up side her head and say "Get a Life" but she finally did.

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cudneyan
Aug 25, 2016

I enjoyed this book, though I liked Garden Spells better. We'll see if Sarah Addison Allen finds her way after the dreaded 2nd novel slump.

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gvlee
Dec 31, 2014

A cross between chick lit and a fairy tale, this story gets better as you go, with doses of magic and some humour. Hang in past the first couple of chapters and you will be rewarded with a charming story.

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Mothercat
Jul 20, 2014

Another quirky, amusing and touching book which I really enjoyed - so much that I went looking for, and found, two further books by the author: always a good sign when I'm that impressed :) Loved the wee twist at the end, which I certainly hadn't seen coming.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

Like all Sarah Addison Allen books, this one is filled with complex and lovable characters, magic both large and small, and poetic language. It makes me crave things I can barely name, and enchants me thoroughly. And this one is inspiring me to bake more. Definitely read it, if you're a fan of Sarah Addison Allen, or of quick reads with excellent descriptions and magic!

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sstpierre
Jun 26, 2012

What a great summer read! Love this book and all of Sarah Addison Allen's work. So delicious!

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bridge1
Jun 21, 2012

Josey Cirrini keeps a stash of sweets in her bedroom closet and escapes there whenever she can. Chloe Finley is hounded by books that just appear whenever she needs them. These two people become friends and neither will be the same after. I didn't find the book as interesting as the other two of Allen's but it's still a delight.

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julesg
Jun 08, 2012

This was a great story for a summer time read. A little magic, a little drama, and some interesting characters added to my enjoyment of this book!

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lorcha
May 16, 2012

The Sugar Queen is one of those novels where I got so immersed in the story, fell so in love with the characters that I was sad that it was over and could not bring myself to read the last chapter right away. I loved Addison Allen’s first novel, Garden Spells and was worried this one would not be as good, but I loved it just as much! And what a surprise ending! Who would have thought? Thank you Sarah Addison Allen for creating this magical book!

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dprodrig
Apr 02, 2012

It was cute - like a modern fairy tale where the sheltered girl is older than what we're accustomed to. Does that mean 30 is the new 15?

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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

Meet Josey Cirrini, the only daughter of Marco Cirrini, who rebuilt and brought prosperity to the North Carolinian town of Bald Slope.
Being a quasi-royal has never fit Josey though – she quietly looks after her dominating, widowed mother and escapes by hiding in a secret closet, eating sweets and reveling in travel magazines or romance novels. To her dismay however, her private paradise is invaded by the brash Della Lee Baker, a woman as far removed from the society of the Cirrini’s as chocolate is from cheese.
Hiding from a secret of her own, Della takes up residence in Josey’s closet, forcing her out into the world she dreams of but in which she never lives. In the real world Josey discovers Chloe Finley who makes the world’s best sandwiches, and is in dire need of a good friend. Through Chloe she also meets her not-so-secret crush Adam, the mailman and ex-extreme sporting participant.
While Della pushes her to get closer to Adam, Josey tries to push Della away – or at least out of her closet. But Della’s presence harbingers a far greater mystery than any of them can at first intuit. From the author of Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen is another magical gem of a novel.

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