The Sugar Queen is the second book I have read by Sarah Addison Allen. I had previously read The Girl Who Chased the Moon. Both of these books had an element of magic about them, without being blatantly supernatural. This story is about Josey, a young woman who takes care of her mother. Josey has no life of her own. Her mother, Margaret, was a great beauty in her day, and Josey could never really measure up. Josey takes comfort in food, she has a whole stash hidden in a secret compartment in her bedroom closet. The story begins when Josey finds an unwelcome visitor in her closet, Della Lee. Della Lee is on the run from something and Josey decides to let her stay for a little while, even though the two women do not run in the same circles. Josey is the daughter of one of the most popular and most wealthy resident of the ski town where she lives. Her father passed away when she was young, but her name still carries clout in her little town.
Josey also has a past that continues to affect her adult life. She tended to throw amazing tantrums, and most people in town will not let her forget it. Josey has an unrequited crush on the family’s mailman. She would love to be able to leave her little town, but is still hoping her mother will show some love and forgiveness for her. This is really a coming of age story, even though the main character is already in her twenties.
I really liked this book and hate to give too much of the plot because I don’t want to give away any of the surprises. I’m going to give The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen, 1 bookmark.