William Morrow / Romantic Mystery/Thriller
A new take on the princess and the pauper tale coupled with National Treasure: Book of Secrets, this is a delightful tale of two women with great aspirations and a lot of baggage from their childhoods. Who knew searching for an old cookbook journal could be so sinister? The story takes readers inside the toil behind producing a gourmet cupcake, the entrepreneurial spirit, and resurrecting a lost friendship. The plot and subplots are believable and the characters well constructed. These are women that you want to know more about and women you hope succeed. I wouldn’t be surprised if “Craptastic Sundays” go viral. I am not generally a big fan or books that jump between characters to tell the story, because the story often drags and dulls the tension, but not How to Eat a Cupcake. Donohue’s success is in the pacing of her short chapters plus the crisp writing, which inspired me to keep reading without skipping ahead to see what Annie or Julia did next (a habit I am prone to with multiple narrators.) Good read, almost cozy, but a few well-chosen words make all the difference.
Review provided by Mahala Church for her column Barefoot Book Reviews for the July 2015 issue of The Book Breeze.