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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,542 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Addison Allen Narrator: Ariadne Meyers Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739368671
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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
  • Bewitching…. Such a pleasurable book. Publishers Weekly
  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 1/27/2014

    " {library book-kindle edition} I really enjoyed this book but it was love lite. Nothing deep but it was really fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa Grimes | 12/18/2013

    " I sat down and read this in one day! I absolutely adored every minute of it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole McElhose | 11/10/2013

    " My dearest Jackie borrowed this book to me and I could NOT put it down. I love this book almost as much as I love her. 'The Sugar Queen' is the sweetest book in Sarah's bunch so far. Actually it's sweeter than that. It's my favorite. Her words are honey, her story magic. This story will electrify you in the most expected and unexpected ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 11/6/2013

    " I always love Sara Addison Allen's books! I especially liked the part about books following Chloe around... sometimes I feel that way myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/4/2013

    " I really liked this book, though not as much as The Peach Keeper. A character who hides sugary snacks in her closet and another who has a magical relationship with books... perfect! They deal with some serious man/woman issues, including infidelity, domestic violence, and Josey's idealized picture of her father. Like The Peach Keeper, the strong female friendships were what helped each woman find her way and find happiness, all in the beautiful Blue Ridge setting and written in Allen's magical prose. I love this feeling of discovering a new (to me) author and falling in love with her writing. Discovering Allen has been especially exciting, because I feel like she knows me, my insecurities, my dreams, and the land I love too. Can't wait to read another one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 11/3/2013

    " Light fare! Involves some magic (which I enjoy. Maybe I read more into the story that the writer intended bit I don't think so. I thing she wants it to be multileveled, depending on the intent of the reader. You learn about 3 young women, their male relationships and the main character's mother and father and the small town towns people. Ends happily ever after. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra Miazga | 10/23/2013

    " I LOVED this book! Not only did it talk about my favorite season but it was also about a girl who eats sweets to console her emotions. I totally related to Josey. This book was so amazing I've read it 5+ times! I would definitely recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lexi | 10/4/2013

    " It took me a few chapters to get swept up, but when I did I really enjoyed this quirky little book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Brunsdale | 9/7/2013

    " I really liked this book. It was a quick easy read and had a magical quality to it. Kind of like a fairy tale for adults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 8/20/2013

    " Fun magical realism fiction. Definitely a feel-good book about love and family. Quirky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 8/20/2013

    " Really great, fun book to read. A great light hearted summer read. Can't wait to read more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 7/2/2013

    " Very enjoyable, easy escapist read. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 GG | 5/18/2013

    " She is my go to author for light, enjoyable, quick reads. I loved this book just as much as all of her others. Such a whimsical read. I can't wait for her next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 5/10/2013

    " quirky and great "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 4/4/2013

    " Nice read but not as good as her other books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerinbrasseau | 3/12/2013

    " Always love her books, though this one not as much as the other 3... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanna | 12/11/2012

    " My favorite author! This is the first book of hers that I read and was so surprised by the end ... I cried when I was done! I wanted more. Loved the characters, the detail, the story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 8/5/2012

    " Had never heard of this author before, just picked it up on impulse. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dlnurmi | 7/24/2012

    " I enjoyed the story even though the "twist" was fairly obvious. Still, I loved the characters and story line, and I always love Sarah Addison Allen's writing. Not quite as good as Garden Spells but entertaining nonetheless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberly | 6/17/2012

    " I struggled and struggled with this one, but I found it boring. I also found the whole idea of books magically appearing next to someone to be absurd. Why I can buy into a sentient tree (Garden Spells) and not this is anyone's guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 5/17/2012

    " Her books are always so delightfully weird. I love the characters' quirks and the uneasy rhythms she establishes in her stories. They always keep me interested because I never quite know where they are going. If you haven't picked up one of her books ~ you really should. A nice change of pace book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie | 5/16/2012

    " Love this book . . . Love this author!! Sorry I havde read all her books to date . . . waiting for more :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 1/31/2012

    " I actually started this book last week, thought I had put it on here. So far, this is my favorite book of this author. Loved this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 9/19/2011

    " Whimsical and entertaining. A fun, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/9/2011

    " Loved it!! Absolutely loved the surprise at the end with Della Lee. That was wonderful!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 7/20/2011

    " Love her books. They're perfect for light, quick reading after a long day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/25/2011

    " Really enjoyed this one. Read it on vacation, the perfect easy going relaxing book. Little bit of magical realism, little love story, and a happy ending....what is not to love! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodie | 5/22/2011

    " A pleasant read. Nothing earth shattering, in fact it is sweet and obvious. There were some really nice touches displaying the magic of the Universe throughout. A quick read if you need something light with some romance tucked in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 5/19/2011

    " reading this book was much like eating a cupcake. it offers a fleeting sense sweetness, which is what this type of book is good at providing. i adore this author, as the characters seem to be imbued with a faint sense of glittery magic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 5/17/2011

    " I read this for the new book club that I'm in. It was cute. It took a little bit for me to get into. But with all the unanswered questions I eventually couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/16/2011

    " I really liked this book! It was a sweet story (no pun intended) and a fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelliperrell | 5/16/2011

    " This book was a fast read. I liked it Noe the best book I've ever read, but entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 danielle | 5/14/2011

    " Why magical realism doesn't work for white protagonists.

    Sarcasm, but seriously, this was baaaaad. Bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 5/13/2011

    " This is a light read. Cute "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 5/12/2011

    " I loved that the main character in this book found herself and her voice without becoming overbearing or unkind. I loved the imagery and the romance -- some harsh language on a couple of pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 5/11/2011

    " It was ok. Not as good as the first. I kinda guessed everything from almost the beginning.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/10/2011

    " I LOVED this book. It had the right amount of imagination and great story lines to make it one of my favorites this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 5/10/2011

    " I loved this book. The characters are all very interested and well-written so you feel like you've met them before in person. I also loved the little bits of magic written into the plot. It's so well done that you accept it as part of reality without a second thought. "

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