I may have a cupcake problem. “Cupcakes, Lies and Dead Guys” was our #1 summer must read of 2011 – and today I’m announcing “How to Eat a Cupcake” is my #1 pick for our holiday gift list. This book is as addictive as it is delicious. (Buy holiday gifts now in the Amazon Chick Lit + Wine Store – 20% of proceeds go to the National MS Society!)

For those of you who caught Meg live at our Ferry Building event this September, you know her writing is laced with sugar and popping with twists as pleasantly surprising as a dash of cayenne in chocolate frosting.

“How to Eat a Cupcake” follows the interweaving lives and lies of Annie Quintana and Julia Sinclair. The Sinclairs are San Francisco royalty, and Julia is as stubborn as she is entitled. Annie, the daughter of the Sinclair’s housekeeper, is feisty, rebellious – and strives to distance herself from everything Julia stands for after a fateful twist in high school. The two are as close – and as distant – as sisters.

Lolly Sinclair, Julia’s mother, hires Annie years later to cater a party with her famously delicious cupcakes. Julia takes one bite of a mocha cupcake and makes it her mission to open a bakery with Annie. As a savvy business woman she knows she can make all of Annie’s dreams come true. If only it weren’t Annie’s dream to escape Julia – and the Sinclairs – forever.

Curiosity quickly takes over and the two give the business a chance. But when they become the victims of a sudden uptick in vandalism and notice a man lurking outside the shop late at night, the secrets from the girls’ past begin to rise to the surface.

This book is #1 on my holiday gift list because I couldn’t put it down. For the first time in my life I actually read a book at the gym. I lost track of time on the elliptical as my mind melted away into Donohue’s exquisite descriptions of Annie’s cupcakes. This book is addictive in the best way.

Cline Cellar’s Viognier is touted as “the best wine you’ve never tried” – and that’s a bit how I feel about this book. Meg Cline Cellars Viognier Donohue still a best kept secret. The crisp, floral white balances sweet peach and apricot flavors mirroring Julia St. Clair’s innocent and sophisticated air; but just like the disparate Julia and Annie are destined to be intertwined, this sweet, crisp wine goes best with spicy food.

Make sure you leave the whole evening open when you crack the cover and unscrew the cork. This Viognier is the type of wine you don’t save, but drink right away – and “How to Eat a Cupcake” is a novel you won’t want to put down.

xx,
Syrah