The Sugar Queen – Sarah Adddison Allen

 Twenty-seven-year-old Josey Cirrini is sure of three things:  winter 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 a while Josey has settled into an uneventful life  in her mother;s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugar treats and paperback romances she escapes to every night… Until she finds her closet harboring none other than the 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 happwoman.   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 fry eggs in their cartons, and romance can blossom at anytime — 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.

The Sugar Queen
Sarah Allen

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