Book Review : The Sugar Queen

On March 25, 2010 by Aimee

Finished The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen tonight. What a sweet story! Ha ha, pun intended. 🙂 The best part about this book is that the author is a North Carolinian and lives in a city that I absolutely love! My husband and I spent our 5th wedding anniversary in a huge Victorian bed and breakfast that probably didn’t even rival the Victorian in the story. 🙂

This is a very sweet romance (no, not a pun, I mean it that time). I often read darker, more suspenseful, thriller-type romances (which is also more of what I write) so this was a nice break from that. Yes, sugar and sugary-sweets play a large role in this, but really just in relation to the main characters : Josey.

Funny though, it took me a LONG time to figure out that she was 27 … I kept reading and reading thinking that she was a teenager, but that didn’t fit. Her “roommate” for lack of a better word is even older and there too I thought … late teens. Eventually I caught on, but found it funny that she sounded and acted “young” but there are reasons for that I believe. If I had her mom? I’d probably be in the same boat.

I wonder sometimes if there aren’t people like Josey in our world still. In some form or fashion repression exists and I take form her that that’s what it was all about. The beautiful part comes by way of Adam and her friends Chloe and Jake and of course Della-Lee.

Now in more of the romances I read, the focus is truly on those main characters (Josey and Adam) but in this case, there were THREE little romances going on all at the same time. First we had new love : Josey and Adam. Then we had old love : Margaret and Rawley. And finally we had re-finding love : Jake and Chloe.

I loved how each circled around the other and made the story whole by telling each story, but none of them were separate. Someone was connected to each of them the entire time. A little circular logic and reasoning and you saw each part.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely and I already have Garden Spells (another Sarah Addison Allen book) to read. 🙂

Oh, but if you’re on a diet? Wait until you’ve reached your goals. You might just have to break out a box of Ding-Dongs while you read.