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ISBN13: 9780062069283
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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.

Review:

"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 fiancé, 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.

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"[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

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"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

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"A heartwarming and unpredictable tale of friendship, family and frosting." Zoe Fishman, author of Balancing Acts

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"Deliciously engaging. Donohue writes with charm and grace. What could be better than friendship and cupcakes?" Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters

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"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

Synopsis:

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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chocolateandcroissants, May 15, 2012 (view all comments by chocolateandcroissants)
It only seems fitting that I would read How to Eat a Cupcake as I was on my way to France. The French are apparently obsessed with cupcakes and we are obsessed with their macarons. Why not read a book about the love of baking as I was headed over to the pastry capital of the world. I am proud to say that I gave this book to the front desk clerk at my hotel in Paris and she was delighted by it. You would think that I was giving her freshly baked cupcakes.

How to Eat a Cupcake is a book after my heart. I wanted to be Annie. The book had me wearing an apron, bringing out my kitchen aid and just tasting one batter after another. Okay not really, remember I was in France. I was either reading late at night all tucked in my hotel room or dragging the book out to dinner with me. High on French pastries and wine, laying in a bed in France, what better way to enjoy the book.

(From the author)Free-spirited Annie Quintana and sophisticated Julia St. Clair come from two different worlds. Yet, as the daughter of the St. Clair’s 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 old wounds, they must finally face the truth about their past or risk losing everything.

Seriously the book had a little about friendship, a lot about betrayal and the best descriptions of ingredients that I have read about in a long time. As a young adult Annie is at the St. Clair residence catering a party with her yet to be famous cupcakes. She has not spoken with Julia in many years. After tasting one of her wonderful cupcakes Julia decides to finance a cupcakery for Annie. Opening a cupcakery with the person who was once your closest friend and you feel betrayed you is not an easy task for Annie.



The opportunities it presents to Annie are endless. For once Annie can indulge in the high quality ingredients she has always dreamed of.



I would usually think of a book like this as my fluffy beach read. This book is anything but a fluffy book read. Donahue did a lovely job of developing both the young women's characters. You understood their personalities and the decisions they made.



For me the highlight of the book was the process of both opening the cupcakery and Donahue's descriptions of the cupcakes and their recipes. Throughout the book she had me wanting to be in my kitchen baking alongside Annie.



If How to Eat a Cupcake is any indication of Donohue's talents I hope that she comes out with another book soon, maybe about a woman who runs a chocolate store perhaps.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062069283
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Donohue, Meg
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20120313
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.684685 in 10.4 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 fiancé, 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.
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "An irresistible blend of sweet and tart, this book is truly a treat to be savored."
"Review" by , "A heartwarming and unpredictable tale of friendship, family and frosting."
"Review" by , "Deliciously engaging. Donohue writes with charm and grace. What could be better than friendship and cupcakes?"
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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