Review: How to Eat a Cupcake
How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
From the cover:
Funny, free-spirited Annie Quintana and sophisticated, ambitious Julia St. Clair come from two different worlds. Yet, as the daughter of the St. Clair’s housekeeper, Annie grew up in Julia’s San Francisco mansion and they forged a bond that only two little girls who know nothing of class differences and scholarships could—until a life-altering betrayal destroyed their friendship.
A decade later, Annie is now a talented, if underpaid, pastry chef who bakes to fill the void left in her heart by her mother’s death. Julia, a successful businesswoman, is tormented by a painful secret that could jeopardize her engagement to the man she loves. When a chance reunion prompts the unlikely duo to open a cupcakery, they must overcome past hurts and a mysterious saboteur or risk losing their fledgling business and any chance of healing their fractured friendship.
How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue was the perfect beach read to take with me on my spring break. It was a light and fast read that made me drooling for cupcakes! I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times I told my friends I was craving a cupcake. I settled for some break and bake Nestle chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon rolls instead.
Annie Quintana and Julia St. Clair couldn’t be more different from one another, and yet they were childhood friends until high school happen and their friendship fell apart. Fast forward ten years, and on a chance encounter they decide to open a cupcake shop together. The cupcakery has always been Annie’s dream and Julia uses it as a distraction to avoid the bigger problem in her personal life.
And although a part of the story revolves around the two former friends making peace with one another and working together to regain the friendship they once had, there are many other underlining stories in the book too. Julia is keeping a secret from her fiancé and Annie is trying to find a way to stay close with her mother who passed away when she was in high school before she was able to fully apologize to her.
In addition, this isn’t the typical chick lit novel that is light and fluffy because there’s a touch of suspense and a mystery to solve. While the two girls are putting forth their best efforts to set their differences aside and make the cupcakery a smashing success, an unknown outsider is vandalizing their business. They also have to deal with a creepy stranger who has been lurking outside of their building and on occasion, following them home.
Overall, I did enjoy reading How to Eat a Cupcake, and would definitely recommend it to those who are interested in a fast and fun chick lit novel. Of course I’m a sucker for good books about friendship and although I wish their friendship had taken centered stage in this book, I’ll stettle for what Donohue did give me.