The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen is a wonderful Southern story set in North Carolina. Josey Cirrini has tried to make up for being an unruly child since she was 9 years-old. She has pretty much dedicated her life to taking care of her mother and doing nothing for herself, she even has to hide food, books, and magazines in her closet to enjoy them. It looks like nothing will ever change, until Josey finds Della Lee in her closet and she blackmails Josey to let her stay. Della Lee makes Josey go buy her a tomato sandwich from Chloe Finley's shop and they quickly become friends. Both Josey and Chloe are trying to stretch their wings a bit, Josey from her mother and Chloe from her cheating boyfriend. Josey must decide if she is willing to take a chance on love and Chloe must take a chance on forgiveness and change.
With some romance, a little bit of mystery, and a wonderful story, Allen writes another winner with The Sugar Queen.