- Written By: Linda Francis Lee
- Published By: St. Martin’s Press
- Length: 384 pages
- Source: Publisher in consideration of an honest review
Summary: Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan… and never cook again.
But when she moves into a dilapidated brownstone on the Upper West Side, she meets twelve-year-old Ariel and her widowed father Gabriel, a man with his hands full trying to raise two daughters on his own. Soon, a promise made to her sisters forces Portia back into a world of magical food and swirling emotions, where she must confront everything she has been running from. What seems so simple on the surface is anything but when long-held secrets are revealed, rivalries exposed, and the promise of new love stirs to life like chocolate mixing with cream.
The Glass Kitchen is a delicious novel, a tempestuous story of a woman washed up on the shores of Manhattan who discovers that a kitchen—like an island—can be a refuge, if only she has the courage to give in to the pull of love, the power of forgiveness, and accept the complications of what it means to be family. (Goodreads)
It’s absolutely impossible to not fall in love first with the cover of this book!! I’m lusting for painted canning jar vases now…which you can order just like the ones on the cover…or a little DIY project. I’m happy when I book’s words and story make the cover even more appealing.
Portia has a gift, a knowing, like her grandmother…she just knows what foods people need to make them happy or to heal their heart or bodies. She and her sisters are orphaned young and live with their grandmother, who runs a restaurant. Portia enjoys her growing gift until it foreshadows an awful tragedy. She vows never to cook again.
When her doomed marriage falls apart she departs Texas for New York City, where he sisters have gone and the apartment her Aunt had left her. She soon meets her neighbor and entrepreneur Gabriel, father of two girls, his wife has died. He’d purchased the upper floors of the building from her sisters and he had remodeled it to some modern place, without the charm and history the building had always held.
Portia realizes she has no skills, and in attempt to open a Glass Kitchen diner in NYC she and her sisters trip and stumble over and over. This neighbor of hers is handsome, and it makes her nervous, and she has the same vision of a meal every time she’s with him. She falls in love with his 12 year old daughter, a girl who needs a mother, who feels guilty over the loss of her mom, she’s confused about the odd family dynamic going on around her.
This is a perfect foodie book, I was hungry in every chapter!! As a born Texan I related to how the food brought memories and family to mind. I’m sure most of us have those memories, but this food Linda Francis Lee wrote of I knew, it was in my soul and made he hungry for food, and family, and love.
The Glass Kitchen is a pleasurable read on every level. I liked the characters, the settings made even NYC seem less cold and frantic. There is a message in this book, but it’s not heavy and just sweeps you along. Pick this book up and just relax and enjoy. Oh, did I mention there are recipes too? Yes!
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for this book.