Friday, September 14, 2012
The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
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. (Summary from book - Image from barnesandnbole.com )
My Review: In The Sugar Queen, Sarah Addison Allen weaves together the lives of fascinating characters in an an engaging tale of romance, mystery, and everyday magic. Josey Cirrini is a virtual shut in, forced by a guilty conscience to stay home and care for her aging mother. Her life is pretty dull, until, one day, she finds Della Lee Baker hiding in her closet. This simple discovery sets in motion a series of events and chance encounters that will change the lives of several townspeople, including Josey.
I was hooked by the end of the second page and head over heels for The Sugar Queen in a matter of chapters. With a touch of romance, a touch of drama, and whimsy in all the right places, it reminded my of some of my favorite novels (Chocolate by Joanne Harris and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel). Whether I was reading about a passion that could boil water, a family that could never break a promise, or a girl stalked by books, the story only got better the further I read and ended with a lovely twist that left me grinning with goosebumps.
The Sugar Queen isn't sickly sweet chick-lit. It's chick lit to be sure, but it feels a bit deeper than that, and was far more entertaining. Entertainment Weekly said this book was "like a dessert" and I think that is a perfect description as long as you're thinking of a rich dark chocolate torte and not sticky cotton candy. My kids seemed to sense that I was onto something good because they kept poking me while I was trying to read. Needless to say, they spent a lot of time playing in the backyard while I devoured page after page. As soon as I get my bookshelves out of storage, this book will have a place on them.
My Rating: 4.25 Stars
For the sensitive reader: Some profanity and a few brief sexual situations (some recollected, but mostly vague).
Sum it up: A book that satisfied my craving for good, easy reading.