Written by: Meg Donohue
Pages: 309 pages
Published by: William Morrow a division of Harper Collins March 2012
Julia St. Clair and Annie Quintana are from different worlds now, but growing up together they have a deep connection. Annie is the daughter of the St. Clair’s long time housekeeper and cook, Lucia. Julia and Annie were the best of friends and happily had the run of the St. Clair’s mansion in San Francisco, and all went well until the girls were in a very upscale private high school. Annie began to realize she didn’t fit in with the other wealthy students, she could look the part, but she knew she was different. Julia makes a harsh and cruel error and impacts their friendship and Annie’s future in their senior year. The sudden death of Lucia after a brain aneurism and Annie leaves the only home she’s known to find her own path.
Ten years has passed and Lolly St. Clair has hired Annie, now working as a baker in the area, to prepare cupcakes for an event she is hosting in her home. It’s an odd feeling to return to their home, and Annie just hopes she doesn’t run into Julia. In a surprising turn of events Julia has left NYC and is back home planning her wedding and taking it easy. She adores Annie’s cupcakes and makes her an offer to partner up, Julia with the money, Annie with the baking talent and together they open a Cupcakery–Treat. Trying to put the past behind them isn’t easy, and after a series of vandalism and an odd character or two, it appears someone else wants the girls’ business to fail.
The first thing that captured me was the cover of this book, bright red window, delectable cupcakes just waiting for me to choose one and BITE! I immediately liked Annie, she is spunky and the kind of woman that is going to achieve her dreams. Julia wasn’t really someone to dislike, it just appears she has it all, money, loving parents, a fiance, a former sweetheart who likes to hang around, and planning a wedding. I was skeptical of her intentions as she made the offer to Annie to put up the money for the cupcakery.
Donohue brings friendship, conflict, love and cupcakes together in this book. I enjoyed the way she wrote alternating chapters with Julia and Annie giving their own thoughts and spin to each event and the progress in the book. There is much more going on with both these women than what the surface shows. This debut novel proves there will be more good things to come from Meg Donohue. I’ve given this book a 4 out of 5 stars, it’s light, a quick read for me and certainly what I was in the mood for. You can learn more about Meg on her website, she’s also on twitter and facebook.
Bonus!!!! Meg has given me an extra copy of How to Eat a Cupcake and all you have to do is leave a comment to be entered, please leave your email address. Giveaway open to the US only, and you have until Sunday 11/18 midnight to leave a comment. I’ll use random.org to pick a winner on Monday morning. Good Luck!!