Funny, free-spirited, first-generation-American Annie Quintana and wealthy, ambitious, beautiful Julia St. Clair could not be more different. Yet, as the daughter of the St. Clair family live-in housekeeper, Annie grew up side-by-side with Julia in the St. Clair’s San Francisco mansion and she and Julia were as close to being sisters as two unrelated only children could possibly be. But when they hit their teen years, their differences began to pull them apart and ultimately lead to a betrayal that destroyed their friendship.
Eleven years later, the unlikely duo find themselves joining forces to open a cupcake shop...only to become the target of a dangerous mystery man set on sabotaging the bakery for unknown reasons. As Annie and Julia build their business and try to soothe old wounds despite life-altering setbacks, they uncover details about the sudden death of Annie’s mother a decade earlier, find love where they least expect it, and discover the importance of family, in all its complex forms.
In the vein of beloved women’s fiction writers like Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin, newcomer Meg Donohue includes all the right ingredients to whip up an entertaining story about accepting your friends, flaws and all. Because as we all know, cupcakes are much sweeter when you can share them with someone you love.