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Review: How to Eat a Cupcake

December 27, 2016


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.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    December 27, 2016 7:32 am

    I do like stories about friendship; cute title.

  2. December 27, 2016 7:57 am

    Sounds like one I’d enjoy – and I just checked my shelf and there it is!

  3. December 27, 2016 8:01 am

    This sounds cute!

  4. December 27, 2016 8:15 am

    Sounds like a good read for this holiday week!

  5. December 27, 2016 8:29 am

    I would probably like this, being a cupcake fan!

  6. December 27, 2016 9:59 am

    Despite my personal profile (i.e. male), I do like a good women’s fiction story. This sounds very appealing.

  7. Melissa permalink
    December 27, 2016 10:19 am

    I picked this up in paperback a while ago and still haven’t read it yet; but I bought it for about the same reason, the title and cover.

  8. December 27, 2016 11:09 am

    I read this book a while ago, and when I checked Goodreads, I was stunned that it was five years ago! But being able to remember it so well is a testament to how much it still stuck with me, after all this time. I enjoyed it, too, and also read her book Summer Girls.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. December 27, 2016 11:24 am

    thanks for your thoughts.

  10. December 27, 2016 11:32 am

    Sounds like a perfect read for me.

  11. December 27, 2016 3:05 pm

    This sounds wonderful

  12. Literary Feline permalink
    December 27, 2016 4:26 pm

    This sounds like a great book for this time of year. I would have expected something lighter too, but am glad it turned out to be more than that.

  13. December 27, 2016 4:48 pm

    It sounds like a good one

  14. Patty permalink
    December 27, 2016 4:58 pm

    This sounds like a lovely book.

  15. December 27, 2016 9:42 pm

    The cover is so inviting and the story sounds good as well.

  16. December 28, 2016 3:56 am

    Sounds so sincere and good!

  17. December 29, 2016 2:11 pm

    I read this one long ago, and found it very satisfying!!

  18. December 31, 2016 1:52 am

    I’d like to read this story. I’m a cupcake-wars fan, although this sounds like it has much more substance to it. I do like tthe idea of building a whole business around cupcakes.

  19. bookingmama permalink
    January 3, 2017 7:41 am

    This was a novel that was more thought-provoking than I thought too. I think the word “cupcake” in the title threw me.

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