Twenty-seven-year-old Josie lives her too quiet and monotonous life in North Carolina. She is used to be ordered around by her bossy mother, to the looks and whispers when she is in the town and to the solitude. She doesn’t have friends or boyfriend. Her only refuge is her stuffed with candy and delicious treats closet. And when Josie needs to escape the miserable life she enjoys her little secret place. However one day, she discovers a woman hiding in her closet. It’s Della Lee a scandalous waitress whose life can’t be more different than Josie’s. She couldn’t imagine how different her life is going to be now when Della Lee commenting everything from inside the closet. This unexpected and a little bit weird friendship will turn Josie’s life upside down. Della Lee insists on helping Josie with her personal life but what secret does she keep and what made her leave her life behind and hide in Josie’s closet?
It was the best first kiss in the history of first kisses. It was as sweet as sugar. And it was warm, as warm as pie. The whole world opened up and I fell inside. I don’t know where I was, but I didn’t care. I didn’t care because the only person who mattered was there with me.
This novel is everything you will ever need during fall; a cozy atmosphere of a small town, amazing characters that win your heart over, a tiny bit of family secrets, books that magically appear just when they are most needed, romance, heartwarming friendships, and few delicious treats. The plot focuses on Josie but you’ll get to know the stories of the people who surround her. They all make this book so special.
I enjoyed watching Josie gain her confidence thanks to her new friends who love her even when she wears her favorite but very questionable and old red cardigan. And how she grew from a frightened girl into a courageous young woman who wasn’t afraid to rescue her friends. Some books have a magic power to capture and transport you to a different place and time. When I want to escape I reach for one of Sarah Addison Allen’s novels. Their magic and coziness comforts during fall’s chilliest evenings. I can’t get enough of her books! The Sugar Queen is hands down my favorite so far!
Books can be possessive, can’t they? You’re walking around in a bookstore and a certain one will jump out at you, like it had moved there on its own, just to get your attention. Sometimes what’s inside will change your life, but sometimes you don’t even have to read it. Sometimes it’s a comfort just to have a book around. Many of these books haven’t even had their spines cracked. ‘Why do you buy books you don’t even read?’ our daughter asks us. That’s like asking someone who lives alone why they bought a cat. For company, of course.