Fiction, Chick Lit
May 20th, 2008
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 closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night…. Until she finds her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother. With Della Lee’s tough love, Josey’s narrow existence quickly expands. She even bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who is hounded by books that inexplicably appear when she needs them—and who has a close connection to Josey’s longtime crush. Soon Josey is living in a world where the color red has startling powers, and passion can make eggs fry in their cartons. And that’s just for starters.
Brimming with warmth, wit, and a sprinkling of magic, here is a spellbinding tale of friendship, love—and the enchanting possibilities of every new day.
It’s a good book, but I found it a little flat compared to Garden Spells (my hands-down favorite Sarah Addison Allen novel). The characters and the twists were, to me, predictable in this one. BUT the book is still charming, and as usual there is a sense of place being a character. I have never lived in an area where the identity of citizens was so closely tied to place as it is in Allen’s books, but I find it a compelling thought. These people have a sense of identity that spans generations, but they also get tied to a place in the way that we sometimes get tied to our younger-self reputations.
In the book, the main character’s mother sprinkles peppermint essence on every portal as a ward against unwanted visitors, so the main character smells like peppermint. She also gravitates toward a fitted red cardigan/sweater but spends a lot of time in the snow, which makes for a lovely peppermint visual. This combo definitely makes this a great winter or Christmas read, just the bring the whole cozy magical realism home.
Like all Sarah Addison Allen books, this one is filled with complex and lovable characters, magic both large and small, and poetic language. I’d recommend it for fans of Sarah Addison Allen, and anyone who wants a little enchantment.