Annie hasn't returned to the posh neighborhood that Lolly St. Clair and her husband call home since Annie was a teen and her mother, the St. Clair's nanny and cook, died. Now, as Annie stands ready to ring the doorbell, Meyer lemon cupcakes in hand, she feels her adult confidence fade. Just why is she here? Is the chance to cater a high brow charity event worth the rush of memories descending upon her? Just entering the impressive doors is enough to make her knees shake. And never in her wildest imagination did she know that this evening would also mean seeing Lolly's daughter, Julia, once her best friend and most certainly the cause of her deepest heartaches.
How to Eat a Cupcake is a lively, witty story of two women, whose childhood memories pull them together, while they navigate a decade old wall of hurt and betrayal. One reviewer called Julia, a California "mean" girl who has grown up and is finding her way out of her past. Slowly throughout the story we will see the truth of that. At the same time, we are waiting for her to reveal what secret has caused her to leave her east coast job and has forced herback to the safety of her parents' plush estate. Even the flurry of activity that surrounds her upcoming wedding and her decision to fund a cupcakery with Annie cannot hide that something is very wrong with Julia. As the cupcakery opens to astonishing success, Annie must find some kind of neutral ground in her daily encounters with Julia. Too soon the joy of the store's success is threatened by hateful graffiti messages and break-ins, events that simultaneously pull the two women together and fill them with doubts about the other's loyalties.
Mystery, a little romance, a friendship story, and the waft of freshly baked gourmet cupcakes --
this book was a fast but satisfying read. It's just the right kind of book to fill an open time of a beach afternoon or a wait before an appointment with pleasure. I do however, recommend that you have a snack along. The descriptions of those cupcakes and buttercream frosting really made me hungry!
from WPLC for my nook; check out Meg's website to learn more about this book and her upcoming second book.