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How to Eat a Cupcake: A Novel Paperback – March 13, 2012
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“Beautifully written and quietly wise, Meg Donohue’s How to Eat a Cupcake is an achingly honest portrayal of the many layers of friendship--a story so vividly told, you can (almost) taste the buttercream.” (Sarah Jio, author of The Violets of March and The Bungalow)
“A heartwarming and unpredictable tale of friendship, family and frosting.” (Zoe Fishman, author of Balancing Acts)
“An irresistible blend of sweet and tart, this book is truly a treat to be savored.” (Beth Kendrick, author of The Bake Off and Second Time Around)
“Deliciously engaging. Donohue writes with charm and grace. What could be better than friendship and cupcakes?” (Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters)
“Donohue’s sweet debut is a clever exploration of how a West Coast mean girl grows up and gives in to friendship, love, and dozens of delicious cupcakes....Donohue’s culinary romantic thriller will keep readers hungry for more.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Donohue has written a sharp little novel featuring the subtle characterizations of two appealingly flawed young women.” (Kirkus Reviews)
From the Back Cover
Free-spirited Annie Quintana and sophisticated Julia St. Clair come from two different worlds. Yet, as the daughter of the St. Clairs' housekeeper, Annie grew up in Julia's San Francisco mansion and they forged a bond that only two little girls oblivious to class differences could—until a life-altering betrayal destroyed their friendship.
A decade later, Annie bakes to fill the void left in her heart by her mother's death, and a painful secret jeopardizes Julia's engagement to the man she loves. A chance reunion prompts the unlikely duo to open a cupcakery, but when a mysterious saboteur opens up old wounds, they must finally face the truth about their past or risk losing everything.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a story about friendship. Two little girls who grew up together. One an American princess born to a mansion and the other the daughter of the live-in housekeeper. The girls were raised together like sisters and even attended the same prestigious private schools. They were happy and got along fine until they hit adolescence and found different social circles and new ways to despise each other. The book slowly unravels the reasons their friendship disintegrated. The secrets, the pains, the hurts, the crimes, the jealousy.
Even though the friendship began dissolving during the teenage years, this isn't a teenager novel. The girls are adults and must decide if they are willing to work through the pain of an old childhood relationship and allow it to become an adult relationship.
In the lines of the book I see shadows of a television show about sisters who open a cupcake shop. Frank, honest, bitter, and sweet.
Pure fun in the pages of a book!
Over the years, however, the girls become best friends, attend the same schools (thanks to the largesse of the St. Clairs), and seemingly are like family to one another.
But what happens during the high school years, and how Julia played a role in those changes, will inform their lives for more than a decade. Annie's mother's death is like the final event that breaks the bond.
When Julia comes back to SF after living a successful life in New York, the women connect again when Annie caters a charity luncheon at the St. Clair home.
Julia reaches out to Annie with a business proposition: she wants to invest capital and help start up a cupcakery with Annie, whose talent for cupcakes borders on perfection. The contract includes a clause where Julia will exit the business after she marries in about a year. So, despite her reservations, Annie agrees.
But what secrets have captured Julia that could devastate her future? And what strange events happening regularly at the Mission District cupcakery dubbed "Treat" could threaten their security, their futures, and possibly their lives?
How to Eat a Cupcake: A Novel is narrated alternately between Julia and Annie. Just when I thought Julia could not be more annoying or self-absorbed, I would read her story and start to understand her perspective.Read more ›
What attracted me to this book was the cover with a wonderful array of cupcakes in a cupcakery. After my mouth watered for a while, I started to read the story of two women of the same age who grew in the same house but weren't related to each other.
Anna Quintana was the daughter of the cook and housekeeper for the St. Clairs. She didn't know who her father was and her mother didn't tell her about her past. Anna had a bubbly personality, curly hair, was very creative with cupcakes. Since her mother died early and after an argument that they had had, Anna felt cheated out of a chance to reconcile with her mother. Anna was determined to be independent and vowed never to return to the house where she grew up.
Julia, the Sinclair's daughter was serious, a successful business woman, engaged to be married, ambitious and she hid her depression from everyone. Although she grew up with all the advantages, she was somewhat jealous of Anna for a wonderfully loving mother.
Julia's mother, Lolly had sent invitations to Annie before but when one came requesting her to cater a charity event for a fee, Annie's friend told her to go ahead and do it. When Julia tastes Annie's mocha flavored cupcake, it made her a little less sad and temporarily released her pain for all the secrets that she kept from every one. That cupcake made Julia to decide to open a cupcakery.
Julia and Anna's joint business tested to the limits any remains of any friendship that they had when they were young.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't get thru this book. I'm only a third of the way into this book and can't find a reason to go on reading. Read morePublished 1 day ago by JACH
Good story. Mystery, suspense and love. Makes you want to eat a cupcake. Found it interesting and had no clue who the bad guy was. Read morePublished 8 days ago by mnangelmom
A fun summer/beach read. An old friendship resurfaces around...cupcakes. :-)Published 18 days ago by SLB
This is not just how to eat a cupcake as the title infers. Much more.Published 1 month ago by KAREN K. FOOTE
This was the second time I have read this book. I still found it difficult to put down. The evolution of the rekindled relationship between the two women was well drawn and not... Read morePublished 2 months ago by margi317
Reading lite--sometimes just what is needed to delight and entertain.Published 4 months ago by Clara Beard