The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
The same author of Garden Spells brings out a slightly different flavor with this book. While I don't own this (my mother does), if I were to ever buy it, I'd try to get it in hardcover simply because I love, love, love the cover art (not a fan at all of the paperback cover). It's a fun story with a few secrets along the way that you never see coming. A woman named Della Lee is in Josey's closet, and there may be more to it than Josey thinks. There are plenty of dots to be connected, links to discover, and some lovely moments that make your heart ache in a "Just kiss her already you idiot!" way. I love Allen's description and the way she weaves in tidbits that match up with the characters. There's a touch of magic and something else in this book - not as much as Garden Spells, but just the right amount to make it special.
Notes from the playlist: "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson