I read Garden Spells last year and found it completely magical and beautiful. Kind of like Alice Hoffman and Joanne Harris, two of my favorite authors. Some of you recommended The Sugar Queen as well and I'm glad you did as I was afraid that the second book wouldn't measure up. It did.
The Sugar Queen is about a young woman racked by so much guilt and with such serious issues that she actually owns a secret closet she keeps full of chocolate, candy and romance novels. When she's in this closet reading and munching away is the only time she feels good. One day, she opens the closet to find a waitress she barely knew sitting there, dishing out love and life advice. Great beginning, right?
I loved the main characters, the transformation they underwent. It's amazing what can happen if you let you a little and open yourself up to the possibilities.
Fantastic book. Magical, yet real. I mean, I don't have a closet full of candy, but there are times when I would really, really like one. :-)
Definitely recommended, this author is great!
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