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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Addison Allen Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like a dessert.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Like the most decadently addictive bonbons, once started, Allen’s magically entrancing novel is impossible to put down.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Karen White gets the Southern idiosyncrasies and gentility down pat…This work of magical realism will keep listeners hungry for more.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Bewitching…Such a pleasurable book.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Li | 2/14/2014

    " Really cute, quick little read. I liked the characters and enjoyed the plot twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lucy | 2/8/2014

    " Loved this book! Magical in every way...pun intended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Violet90 | 2/7/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was very interesting and fun to read. I must say that Della Lee was an awesome character and I wish everyone had one of her to guide them. Lolz! I liked the concept and it was written very well. Adam and Josey were so cute together. I am so glad they got married. The epilogue made this novel so much better. I simply loved this book but I don't think I would read it again because this is one of those novels where you read it once, you know what the mystery is, what the suspense is, that had been driving you crazy for so long. Now that I know the suspense it won't be the same reading it as it was before. I am glad I took the chance on this book and recommend others too if you want a cute chick flick with a mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paula | 2/6/2014

    " This book is just awesome. I liked it even better than Garden Spells. In fact, I think this is my favorite book that I've read so far this year. I loved the author's subtle uses of magic. I loved all of the characters (especially Della Lee!!). And I loved the pure originality of the story. This book will make you smile. LOVE IT!! "

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