As a native of North Carolina, I’m always excited to find another local author and I look forward to following Sarah Addison Allen in her writing career. This latest book, The Sugar Queen, is set in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina and the setting is absolutely beautiful, and even if you’ve never been, you’ll still see the beauty of the Appalachian mountains in her descriptive writing.

The Sugar Queen, Josey, is a wealthy, young, girl indebted to her mother and forever trying to please and take care of her since the father’s death. She carries a deep sense of guilt and tries to earn her mother’s forgiveness only to discover that her parents were not the people she believed them to be. As the story begins, Josey is pretty much a loner and finds comfort in her closeted “sugar” stash. All of this is revealed the day, Della Lee, local tramp, moves into Josey’s closet and begins to give her advice on how to be her own person. Josey soon discovers the magic of new friends, new family members, and a happier new life. Strong themes of friendship, forgiveness, and love are woven throughout the story and into the lives of all of Ms. Allen’s richly developed characters.

The book is enhanced by the bit of magic and the allusion of ghosts being so cleverly integrated with a modern day romance novel. What a wonderful summer read! I can’t wait to find her first book, Garden Spells, and anxiously await her new novel coming in 2009.

Views: 5


You need to be a member of Book Blogs to add comments!

Join Book Blogs

Comment by Brenda Branson on June 14, 2008 at 8:42pm
Oh my, if writing a novel, living in the Asheville mtn's area is a must! I am most inspired when I can get totally entranced in a gorgeous view of mountain ranges. It's just the right medicine to clear the mind. Quite obvious why writing is so easy for Allen! And...I am going to get Garden Spells tomorrow - can't wait.
Comment by Andi on June 14, 2008 at 8:05pm
I just read Garden Spells a couple of days ago. It was the perfect plane book, and I loved the magic she included. Reminded me very much of Alice Hoffman's writing. I'm always excited to find another NC writer, too, and I'm thinking if I ever want to finish my novel I should just move to Asheville and soak up the atmosphere. lol
Comment by Debi on June 9, 2008 at 7:01pm
I picked this up in the bookstore the other day, but ended up setting it back down. You've just made me very sorry I did! It sounds wonderful!

Need help?




Books for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Books for Breast Cancer Awareness Month We’ve rounded up relevant books currently available on NetGalley for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. These titles take different approaches to the topic, from educating those who are genetically predisposed, advice for those who have been diagnosed and their family and friends who seek guidance & coping techniques, recipes for […]

LibraryReads List – November Edition

November 2015 LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in November that librarians across the country love. You can request the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.  If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley! View title on […]

Indie Next List – November Edition

November edition The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the November Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site.  If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for […]

© 2015   Created by Tarah Theoret.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service