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Friday, January 7, 2011

A Melt-in-Your-Mouth Read....

Over Christmas I read The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen, an author from Asheville, North Carolina. You might remember her last book, Garden Spells from the bestseller list. Both are easy reads unfolding the stories of women, each with a magical trait. The Sugar Queen is largely a multi-romance novel with a hint of ghost story to it.

"It was the best first kiss in the history of first kisses. 
It was as sweet as sugar. And it was warm, as warm as pie.  The whole world opened up and I fell inside.  I don't know where I was, but I didn't care. I didn't care because the only person who mattered was there with me."

Although the book is set in the South, there is very little that is Southern about it. I'd like it better if there were at least one character with a hint of Southern dialect, some Southern cooking mentioned or way of life. Still, I enjoyed the book. I'd classify it as an easy read with a relatively happy ending. It's what I like to call a "candy" book, which is appropriate, considering there is a theme of candy and each chapter is titled with a different type of candy (I especially liked the chapter entitled "Sour Patch").

If you like the magical realism of The Sugar Queen, then you'd probably also enjoy Allen's first book, Garden Spells; as well as Joanne Harris's Chocolat; and the meatier Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romance and Home Remedies, by Laura Esquivel; and my favorite, Isabelle Allende's Eva Luna. All spectacular reads featuring strong women.

What are you reading?

1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed your book. I love to read - and need to make more time to do it!

    The book I'm reading (in spurts) is "Lioness Arising" by Lisa Bevere.