Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue

I've been craving cupcakes all week and it's all Meg Donohue's fault! I mean really, what did I expect from a book called How to Eat a Cupcake, right? I should have had some on hand for while I read.

Annie Quintana grew up alongside Julia St. Clair. Annie's mother was the St. Clair's housekeeper and Julia's nanny after all. But a terrible rumor in high school and Annie's mother's death proved to be a permanent breaking point for the two women -- until now.

Julia is planning her wedding and keeping a secret. In a last ditch effort to get her mind off things, she decides to pitch Annie on a business plan. Annie is a baker with a special talent for cupcakes and Julia thinks the market is ripe for a cupcakery. If they can stick to business, they may be able to succeed, but the close contact also brings old issues back from their past.

Donohue's debut is just shy of a fluffy read. In fact, it has a bit more substance than you might initially expect -- a little unexpected twist in the end that I sure didn't see coming. Even so, How to Eat a Cupcake remains light and quick and made for a really fun weekend read.

Be forewarned, sweets are not included. Buy your own and keep 'em close!

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