I’m a huge fan of cover art. I can’t even count how many books I’ve bought for the covers alone.
I’m also a fan of cupcakes – which I often refer to as “happiness on a plate.”
Imagine my joy when Deb Dana sent the rest of us an early peek at her cover art – and this arrived in my inbox!
Cupcake!!! And cover art pretty enough to eat!
The joy continued when I received my ARC of THE GIRLS’ GUIDE TO LOVE AND SUPPER CLUBS – which I admit I carried around all day simply so I could look at that cupcake cover. (Photograph or it didn’t happen? Here you go:)
Her book … my mug, printer, and photo (that’s me with my dad – I’m the bald one).
When I started reading Dana’s book, I quickly realized there was more to love about it than just the cover. The protagonist, Hannah Sugarman, is super-creative and talented in the kitchen (a trait I suspect she shares with her creator) and a genius when it comes to evoking memories with food. As I read about Hannah’s secret supper club menus, and the way she used different foods to call up memories, times, and places, I found myself transported not only to Hannah’s experiences but to memories of my own.
I remembered the day my teenage son decided to cook us dinner. He made us pizzas:
I remembered acting as cupcake chauffeur for a recent wedding:
And I remembered older memories, too – for which I have images only in my mind.
Although it was the cover that grabbed me first, I savored every page of Dana’s story. Hannah is a hilarious, realistic heroine that I related to on so many levels, and the story had me laughing out loud (my husband came running twice to find out why) and cringing in sympathy with Hannah when things went terribly wrong. The ending was unexpected, and wonderful, and fun – like the cover and like Dana herself.
So … how do YOU feel about cupcakes? Do you have a favorite bakery or flavor? Let us know in the comments for a chance to win Deb Dana’s great contest prize!