Monday, May 7, 2012

How to Eat a Cupcake

Meg Donohue's book How To Eat a Cupcake has such a cute cover and title that I instantly wanted to read it.  Luckily I also enjoyed the story inside.
Anna Quintana has reconnected with her former best friend, Julia. Although Anna and Julia grew up together it was a well known fact that the two came from different worlds. Anna's mother was Julia's family's housekeeper.  Now Anna is looking for her mother's recipe book that disappeared when her mother tragically died.  Julia has offered to help Anna realize her dream and financially back her cupcake shop she would like to open.  Anna struggles with whether she wants Julia in her life again, especially after everything that happened between them, but the two decide to give their business a go, and eventually must confront what destroyed their friendship years ago.  Julia has some of her own baggage - a secret she is hiding from everyone and worry about her father who appears to be more than just forgetful. Romance and suspense all occurring with the tasty backdrop of their restaurant, Treat, all add to this story.
Donohue's book is narrated by both Julia and Anna, alternating chapters. Although initially I felt more connected to Anna, Julia's narration gave her character more depth and she was also easily likeable.  This was a fast and fun read and a women's fiction book that is enjoyable and entertaining. 


Christina T said...

I really liked this one too, especially the descriptions of the cupcakes :) Wish the author had included recipes!

Kate said...

Sounds like a cute book! Love the title... although I'm not sure I'd EVER need guidance on how to eat a cupcake. ;)