on March 13th 2012
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Set in California
“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.”
There is a lot going on in this book. There is a relationship between Annie and Julia. There is the mystery of the vandalism. There is tension between Julia and her fiance. Annie is trying to find a recipe book of her mother’s. It is a bit too much taken all together. What stuck with me was this:
This book is the story of two people who were raised together but who see the world completely differently because of their racial and class backgrounds.
Annie is Hispanic and working class. She lived in an upper class world but never was allowed to forget that she was the daughter of a servant.
Julia is white and upper class. She can’t understand why Annie is still bitter from her experiences in high school. She hasn’t thought about that in years.
Julia is looking for a diversion for a year and offers Annie the chance to open her dream bakery. Despite her reservations Annie agrees because this is the only way she will ever receive funding. They can’t even agree on where to open it. Annie insists on the Mission but Julia is convinced that is a dangerous, lower class area. When the bakery is vandalized repeatedly during construction it seems like Julia may have been right.