A heartwarming tale is what you will find within the pages of How to Eat a Cupcake by debut novelist Meg Donohue! I love a book about friendship and when you throw in the most delectably sounding cupcakes into the mix; well I’m sold! This novel was a pure delight to read with it’s beautiful writing and mouth watering descriptions of cupcakes you swear you can taste just by reading about them! Ultimately it’s a story that shows us the power of truth and forgiveness; for realizing that true friendship can stand the test of time and troubles.
Annie Quintana and Julia St. Clair grew up side by side essentially – going to the same schools and living a life made better by money. The big difference though was that Annie’s mother was the St. Clair’s cook and housekeeper and they lived out in the carriage house on the St. Clair grounds. Yet the Quintana’s were much more to the St. Clair family than that; they were friends. Growing up though Julia was often jealous of of Annie because of the fact that she had such a wonderful mother. Unfortunately she made Annie’s years at a private school more of a nightmare than anything else and when Annie’s mother dies, that is the final straw in their friendship and they drift apart.
Ten years later finds Annie as a baker, having inherited her mother’s talents in the kitchen and Julia is still the beautiful socialite. Julia has moved back home to plan for her wedding and try to mend her soul after a devastating incident leaves her unable to function as the perfect person she used to be. Worse yet she is hiding this secret from everyone, even her fiance. When Annie is hired by Julia’s mother to bake the cupcakes for a benefit she’s giving and Julia tastes one, it leaves her feeling just a tiny bit more hopeful about life than she had been.
Julia, being the businesswoman she is, lays out a proposal to Annie for them to open a cupcakery together. While Annie can barely stand to be in the same room as Julia she realizes this is an opportunity not to be given up lightly. So they venture into owning a business together and surprisingly, over time and working together, both Annie’s and Julia’s walls begin to tumble and old truths are brought forward and healing begins.
I loved Annie; she is smart and sassy and she had me giggling more than a few times. Julia is a more complex person. You would think to hate her because of her privileged life and the fact that she still likes to have everything perfect. Yet you can’t. Her life altering incident leaves her looking at life differently and the vulnerability she shows ensures that she worms her way into your heart. The story is told alternately from Annie’s and then Julia’s point of view and I really liked this. It gave you a chance to understand where each character was coming from and how they were feeling. It also allowed me the time to become fully invested in both of their lives and by the end of this novel I was crying both happy and sad tears at times. It truly is a beautiful novel and I look forward to more from this terrific author!
I read How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. Check out the other tour stops to see what everyone else is saying about the book. Meg can be found on her website, Facebook, and Twitter. As well Meg will be joining Book Club Girl on Air on Tuesday, April 24/12 at 7pm ET for a book chat (click here for the link to the chat) and I’m sure going to try my hardest to be there. I’d love to hear her discuss her book! Your own copy of How to Eat a Cupcake can be purchased here in the US and here in Canada.
I just happen to have one brand spankin new copy of How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue to share with my readers and best of all it is open internationally as it’s my copy. To enter…
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Source: Review copy provided by TLC Book Tours and William Morrow via Edelweiss. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.