Josey Cirrini, a 27-year-old woman who lives at home with her disapproving mother, is quietly but desperately unhappy. She feels trapped by her role as the plain, dutiful daughter, and her only solace is her secret closet stashed with candy and romance novels. But everything changes one day when Josey finds that Della Lee Baker, the town's notorious bad girl, has taken up residence in the secret closet. Della Lee begins to pry into Josey's life, encouraging her to make friends with a sandwich maker named Chloe Findlay and to act on her long-time crush on her mailman Adam. Although frustrated by Della Lee's nosiness, Josey eventually begins to take her advice and subsequently discovers many secrets about her family history, gaining a richer life in the process.
I really enjoyed Sarah Addison Allen's The Peach Keeper, but I liked this book even more. There's something about Allen's magical settings that really draws me in. In this book, for example, the passion between two characters causes water to boil in the coffee pot and eggs to fry in their cartons – what a great image! I really identified with Josey and found her shyness very relatable. Chloe, who also becomes a main character, was a little less compelling for me, but I was still rooting for her and her boyfriend Jake. As for Adam, he was a swoonworthy hero, but I wanted to get a little more of his perspective. Still, overall I was seduced by the writing of this book, and I couldn’t put it down!