The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen audiobook

The Sugar Queen

By Sarah Addison Allen
Read by Karen White

Random House Audio 9780553805499
8.04 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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)
“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

Reviews

Reviews

by Jackie 9/13/2017
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Delightful story

I listened to this book a few years ago and loved it. Great characters and lots of laughs.
by Holly 9/13/2017
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A delightful read!

This is my favorite of Sarah Addison Allen’s books. All of her books have a touch of the supernatural, just to add a little something extra to the story, but “The Sugar Queen” has my favorite magical quirk. One of the characters, Chloe, is essentially stalked by books. Books appropriate to whatever her current situation may be follow her around, popping up anywhere and everywhere to get her attention. The main character, twenty-seven-year-old Josey, is somewhat of an insecure mess with a stockpile of sugary treats she uses to comfort herself. Her story of growth and finding love is full of warmth and humor.

In my opinion, the audio versions of Sarah Addison Allen’s books haven’t been cast extraordinarily well. Karen White is a good narrator, I just felt her voice was too strong and mature for this particular story. Still, I highly recommend it.

Author

Author Bio: Sarah Addison Allen

Author Bio: Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah Addison Allen is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and The Peach Keeper. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 8.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English