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How to Eat a Cupcakeby Meg Donohue
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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.
"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. Julia St. Clair, a spoiled and pampered Pacific Heights princess, returns home to marry and comes face-to-face with childhood playmate Annie Quintana, daughter of the St. Clair family's Ecuadoran cook and now a rising pastry chef. In high school, Julia cruelly betrayed Annie just before Annie's mother died under mysterious circumstances. After Annie caters a charity event at the mansion where she grew up, the two 28-year-olds reconnect, and Annie accepts Julia's offer to go into business with a cupcake shop. Julia's handsome ex-beau Jake muscles his way between the old friends as they tentatively try to forgive, forget, and get rich — if a sinister stalker doesn't destroy their successful cupcakery first. While the revenge-fueled thriller plays out, Julia finally reveals a dark secret to Annie and begins to embrace the love of her long-suffering fiancÃ©, while Annie finds a crazy love of her own with a pompous produce farmer. Donohue's culinary romantic thriller will keep readers hungry for more. Agent: Elisabeth Weed, Weed Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"[A] sparkling, witty story. Donohue's voice is lovely, intelligent, and alluring. Grab one of these for your best friend and read it together — preferably with a plate of Meyer Lemon cupcakes nearby." Katie Crouch, bestselling author of Girls in Trucks and Men and Dogs
"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
"A heartwarming and unpredictable tale of friendship, family and frosting." Zoe Fishman, author of Balancing Acts
"Deliciously engaging. Donohue writes with charm and grace. What could be better than friendship and cupcakes?" Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters
"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
Author Meg Donohue has cooked up an absolutely scrumptious debut novel, How to Eat a Cupcake, that explores what happens when two childhood friends, Annie and Julia, reconnect as adults and decide to open a cupcakery. But success in their new baking business venture will depend upon their overcoming old betrayals, first loves, and an unexpected and quite dangerous threat.
Donohue's How to Eat a Cupcake is contemporary women's fiction at its smartest, sweetest, and most satisfying, joining the ranks of The Recipe Club, The School for Essential Ingredients, and Joanne Harris's classic Chocolat by proving once again that fiction and food make an unbeatable combination.
About the Author
Meg Donohue is the author of How to Eat a Cupcake. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, their two young daughters, and their dog.
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