I just recently became acquainted with the books by Allen. And just as recently became a fan. Her first book, Garden Spells, I loved to pieces. This one I liked nearly as well. It's just as charming as the other, and has its own magical elements.
is somewhat of a recluse. As a rather temperamental child, she
mellowed into an adult woman who is run by the whims of her bother. Her
only solace is the hidden closet of sweets that she has, and the travel
magazines to accompany them. With no friends, her daily thing to look
forward to is a visit from the mailman who she is attracted to. But
then, one morning she wakes up to a visitor inside her closet; an older
woman who's on the run from a boyfriend, and since she knows secrets
Josey doesn't want to divulge, Josey lets her stay. Della makes her get
out and meet new people too, and with that comes some emotions and
experiences Josey has never had before.
Josey is an ok
character. She seems very real with her flaws and wants for sweets.
Her mother completely domineers her, and it makes you want to shout at
her sometimes, but this whole novel is about her growth, so at least it
seems authentic. Her love interest, the mailman Adam, was nice enough,
but I didn't really understand him or his motivations. And the other
side characters all had their own quirks. The only one I didn't really
like was Josey's mother; I just thought she was a deplorable person
without any redeeming qualities. At least Josey had the maid I
suppose. Chloe, kind of the almost other main character in this book
had some unique qualities too that I appreciated, especially since her's
The plot was fairly predictable, but it was
still so nice that you couldn't help but forgive its predictability. I
liked the descriptions of the sweets Josey craved and the sandwiches her
friend made. The sandwiches most of all; give me one of those over a
piece of chocolate anyday. There was a lot of drama in this book and
sometimes it moved a little too fast for me to keep up. But by the end
everything was sorted in my head and it did have a nice twist I was
expecting. Unlike the other book of Allen's there wasn't any
descriptive love scenes or a great deal of violence. Little things were
mentioned but never brought forth in any detail. It should be
mentioned, that in the particular edition I read, there were some
deleted scenes that the author kept out of the book. They were
interesting, but I am glad they weren't in the main story itself.
A very nice book. I will definitely keep reading any book Allen puts out. I know they're all bound to be quite magical.
The Sugar Queen