She's the queen of guilty pleasure books with a southern twist! All of her books have a bit of whimsy or, um, magic. Whether it be apple trees that tell your fortune, visits from ghosts, or mysteriously changing wallpaper...there's always a mystical element to Ms. Allen's novels.
This is not your typical chick-lit fare...she's wonderful at creating vibrant Southern landscapes with strong female characters and a bit of mysticism. If I were to make a comparison it would be to the wonderful book (and movie) Practical Magic...SAA books are along the same lines. My ultimate favorite is Garden Spells and from there it's a tie between The Sugar Queen and The Girl Who Chased the Moon. I've read all of her books (great beach reads) and each are a delight!