Review: How to Eat a Cupcake
Annie and Julia are childhood friends who had a falling out in high school. They reconnect as young adults and decide to open a cupcake shop together.
With it’s cute cover and title, I thought HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE by Meg Donohue would be light and fluffy – in other words, chick lit – but it has more substance than I expected so I think I’d classify it as women’s fiction.
Julia is the much loved daughter of the wealthy St. Clair family and Annie is the daughter of their housekeeper/cook. Since Annie and her mother lived in the St. Clair’s carriage house, the two grew up like family and were extremely close until an incident in high school. Since then, they’ve gone their separate ways – Julia moved to New York for her high powered job while Annie stayed in the Bay Area and worked for a bakery.
When Julia returns home to plan her wedding she discovers Annie’s talent with cupcakes and suggests the two open a cupcake shop. At first Annie refuses but later realizes it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and the two get to work. It seems someone doesn’t like their shop so they have to deal with sabotage plus some personal issues each of them face. Parts of the story were predictable but there was a little mystery to propel the story along.
I thought HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE was a wonderful story of love and friendship and I enjoyed my time with Annie and Julia. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories of women’s friendships.