Recently I opened Facebook and found a note from a friend. She’d just finished a book, thought I’d like it, and wanted to send it to me. Two of my favorite things… a book recommendation from a friend, and free books.
As we were pulling out of the driveway to head to Tulsa for a spring break visit I stopped by the mailbox, and the envelope inside made me smile. I love when books arrive at the perfect time.
I was excited to dive into this novel, and lose myself in cupcakes for a while. At the beginning I was really intrigued. It felt like a book I never would have picked for myself. I tend to read more mystery type fiction.
How to Eat a Cupcake, 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.
I love when a book grabs me with the first line, and just makes me want to read more. This book did that…
“People frequently make the assumption that I’m unreliable.”
She then goes on to share that she thinks her hair is part of the reason. (It’s curly). This type of lightheartedness made me immediately like this character. We are quickly introduced to the major players. It is also easy to quickly form an opinion, to like or dislike each of the characters.
I kind of love it when that happens in a book… especially when the author walks you right out of your initial impression and turns everything upside down, which is pretty much what happens here. The people you thought were good, not so much. The people you thought were awful… yeah, not so much with them either.
All in all this was a fun read. It was entertaining. The story was interesting, and easy to fall into. The characters were well developed, easy to connect with and care about. I’d say this would be a perfect book to read on the beach, or at the pool… and warmer weather is coming (or so they tell me). It’s ok if you don’t want to wait, it’s a great book for a cool Spring day too.
You can get How to Eat a Cupcake in paperback or Kindle format at Amazon.com