Thursday, August 2, 2012

How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue

About the Book

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.


Have you ever wondered how you eat a cupcake? Is it a calculated dissembling? Or do you merely devour the cupcake faster than it takes for you to breathe in?

Me? Well I eat it mouthful by sugary mouthful, devouring the miniature cake like it’s the first and only I’ll ever get to eat.

This book had me at Cupcake...

Meg Donohue presents her characters like cupcakes in a bakery window. They lay about displays for you, the reader, to devour. A quick read of decadence, you get swept up in the story of Annie and Julia. Sisters, if you will, until rumours tear their friendship apart during high school. Now almost ten years later, Julia is engaged to the perfect man, Annie works as a pastry chef. Things get exciting when they decide to open a cupcakery and are forced to deal with past, present and future

While they begin grapple with the things that happened between them new dilemmas crop up making this book my book of the month

It took me a mere two days to finish this book, with Donohue’s easy, witty and laugh-out-loud (though not slapstick) style of writing as she sets the reader at ease conversing through cupcakes, stringy pasts and friendships regained.

Oh, have I mentioned the cupcakes! The descriptions this woman puts forth on a page will make you think that a cupcake will bring the dead back to life and initiate world peace! So have one or five at the ready.

A book for the winter months, and hey, you’ll have the extra padding to hide a cupcake or two!


About the Author

Meg Donohue has an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughters, dog, and a weakness for salted caramel cupcakes.

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