Author: Meg Donohue
Challenges: 2012 Support Your Library
Source: Public Library
Description: Funny, free-spirited Annie Quintana and sophisticated, ambitious 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 who know nothing of class differences and scholarships could—until a life-altering betrayal destroyed their friendship.
A decade later, Annie is now a talented, if underpaid, pastry chef who bakes to fill the void left in her heart by her mother’s death. Julia, a successful businesswoman, is tormented by a painful secret that could jeopardize her engagement to the man she loves. When a chance reunion prompts the unlikely duo to open a cupcakery, they must overcome past hurts and a mysterious saboteur or risk losing their fledgling business and any chance of healing their fractured friendship. (via Goodreads.com)
Thoughts: Overall, its a pretty good book and decently written. It is was quite enjoyable and the interplay between the main characters seemed to be realistic. The story line flowed well and nothing seemed to be forced, at least in regards to the main story line.
There was a minor flaw in that one of the story lines that was introduced was sort of just left hanging and one never knew what initially happened to cause the rift between Annie and Julie. And it kinda annoyed me; I usually like to have some background as to why their is conflict and in this book it doesn't do that for me. The issue is sort of resolved, but in a way it isn't.
Bottom line: Its the type of book that can easily be read in a few days (or even a day) and is clearly meant for a vacation or a trip somewhere that involves a bit of distance getting there. Its a perfect book for the beach.
Pages for 2012: 11477
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