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The Glass Kitchen: A Novel of Sisters

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,808 ratings  ·  653 reviews
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 twel
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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the glass kitchen
Linda Francis Lee

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Portia and her sisters Olivia and Cordelia find themselves transplanted Texans living in Manhattan.

My thoughts after reading this book...

OMG...some books are just fun and sweet and are filled with quirky sassy characters...who are just trying to make sense of what life has dealt them. This would be Portia and probably her neighbor Ariel. I will backtrack a bit...Portia knows when things are going to happen...she dreams of foods an
I initially thought this would be a nice 3 star read - decent enough writing, if not great, about sisters and whatever. Perfect for the summer.
Well instead I got stilted, awkward dialogue and prose, as well as stock characters, and a plot that was more porn than story. A thinly veiled harlequin, this novel's depiction of a woman's lust for a noncommunicative brute of a man easily set the feminist movement back a zillion decades, and all the while we have the suspension of disbelief as said woman
Judy Collins
Loved everything about THE GLASS KITCHEN – think sassy southern Texas, meets sophisticated demanding Upper West Side, filled with love of family and sisters, epicurean delights, life’s lessons of forgiveness, and second chances. Delicious. . . absolutely delectable!

As a child, Portia had a dream to run her grandmother’s restaurant (The Glass Kitchen) in Texas; however, after settling for a different life (married to a senator which betrayed her with her best friend, and did not allow her to use
I love books like this...foodie books mixed with magical realism. Portia has "the knowing". A magical gift inherited from her Grandmother, who ran The Glass Kitchen restaurant. She meets Gabriel, who is widowed with 2 young daughters. I enjoyed her relationship with the girls, and the romance between Portia & Gabriel. It was a light, easy read, perfect for fans of Sarah Addison Allen & Barbara ONeal. Highly recommend!
Linda Francis Lee has written many books in many different genres and I've read most of them. I've been eagerly waiting this book. I was so jealous of all the early reviews I'd seen. When I was approved to read an early copy, you should've seen my smile. I read this book in under 3.5 hours. I started after midnight thinking I'd read a chapter before going to sleep. I finished close to 4 am and was a mess the next day.

There are so many elements that make this story great. I loved the role of fam
I won this book from goodreads and it came at the perfect time! What a great story. I love the descriptions of the New York home and the whole idea of Portia's abilities with food. So refreshing and just a great way to escape. I loved Ariel's character as well.
Laura Kay Bolin

I absolutely loved THE GLASS KITCHEN by Linda Francis Lee! It is such an imperfect story. Portia finds herself with her sisters in Manhattan, she is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. The last thing she wants to do is cook, because for her cooking and food have a tinge of magic. The thing is, the magic is in her and it needs and wants to come out. I loved how the art of cooking revealed things that needed to come out in order for people to
Kris Dickinson
I really liked this story. I was lucky enough to be able to read the ARC and Im glad I did. Portia, like her grandmother, has the 'knowing'. Out of the blue, she will get the urge to bake something, or make a specific meal and its always because someone needs it for whatever reason. She ignored it for a few years to be the 'perfect politicians wife' but that didnt last. She moves to NY to live in 1/3 of a townhouse that her aunt left her, only to find that her sisters sold their thirds and a sin ...more
The writing's a bit clunky and there were grammar errors galore, both of which I'm chalking up to the ARC and hoping they cleaned up before publishing. That being said, I enjoyed this book and tore through it. It's everything The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake should have been. It drives me crazy when teenagers are total assholes to their parents with no repercussions, but the teenager here has natural consequences to a major event and it really works. I have a love/hate relationship with book ...more
Katherine Jones
From the start, it’s hard not to enjoy the antics of precocious tweener Ariel and off-beat Portia. I also love the idea of wrestling with a difficult or unusual gift–in this case, “the knowing,” which Portia expresses through the creation of food. In this way, the novel reminds me of Susanna Kearsley’s The Firebird, though it’s completely different in tone.

I do have to say that The Glass Kitchen is far more sexually charged than I expected. Perhaps because of that, the story didn’t engage me as

Title: The Glass Kitchen
Author: Linda Francis Lee
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating: 4.5

"The Glass Kitchen" by Linda Francis Lee was a interesting contemporary romantic read that did have some fantasy interwoven into it. I found the read and interesting way his author presented this romance. It was indeed a interesting read surrounding Portia who after managing through a horrible marriage and the death of her grandmother Portia will move to NY
Linda Francis Lee has created lighthearted, whimsical, story surrounding food, family, and love. However, the author's writing style left much to be desired. The pace of the story was quite choppy with a great deal happening at once with long periods of nothing in between. At several points, I had to force myself to continue reading. The added element of mysticism was essentially a turn off for me and something I certainly wasn't expecting from this novel. And, I have to admit the sex scenes and ...more
4.5 stars!! This was such an enjoyable read! I am a new fan of Linda Francis Lee and her whimsical and heart warming stories. I the Glass Kitchen the characters were all charming (except for Gabriel who was dreamily cross and beastly) and I loved them all! I loved the use of Shakespearean names to the characters. Portia and her sisters made me love them and Ariel was adorable in her smart and sassy way, her vulnerability making her even more endearing. I even found Miranda to be lovable in her s ...more
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I absolutely loved this book! When Portia Cuthcart's marriage goes kaput, she takes refuge in the NYC apartment her aunt had left her. Portia had given up a lot for her marriage and her husband paid her back by cheating. Now Portia is reinventing herself and discovering a lost gift she inherited from her grandmother. Portia can whip up a meal that meets the emotional needs of a person who has yet to walk through the door. This "knowing" h
This was a fun read, lots of Southern appeal and good chemistry. But too much sex for my taste and random vulgarity that seemed out of place with the sweet plot.
Portia Cuthcart has a gift of making just the right food , for the right person, at the right time. Leaving behind heartbreaking losses in Texas , she joins her sisters Cordelia and Olivia in Manhattan, where they attempt to replicate a restaurant using their grandmother's previous owned eatery (The Glass Kitchen) , along with passed down family recipes , as their inspiration. Throw in a tall , dark, and handsome (if somewhat brooding stranger) who is trying to cope with two daughters after the ...more
I received this book in Goodreads offer as an advance copy. I was looking forward to it as I had read several other books by Linda Francis Lee. If I had borrowed it from the library, I probably would never had finished it, just taken it back. The characters are not interesting and unrealistic. All 3 sisters think they can start a restaurant in NYC with the snap of their fingers, even though all 3 are broke. There is no discussion of real estate, licenses, inspections, etc. And no one else thinks ...more
The Cuthcart sisters are finding their way in NYC; each with their own demons lagging behind them. Together they work to bring back the memories of their childhood via The Glass Kitchen whilst working through their individual life issues.
The main character is Portia Cuthcart and the story of her gift referred to as "the knowing". For years following the death of her grandmother she suppresses "the knowing" in a nod to be "normal" fitting into a cookie cutter version of a Stepford wife for her po
The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee is the story of Portia Cuthcart who left Texas after a bad marriage. She takes up residence in her great aunt's New York apartment that was left to Portia and her two sisters. This apartment building happens to be the Dakota. Many years ago I read Life in the Dakota by Stephen Birmingham. So it was fun for me to read about Portia and her sisters in this apartment in the Dakota. Portia had inherited her grandmother's "knowing". She would have a strong feeli ...more
This book feeds your soul with lessons on love,family, friendship and loss. You'll devour the words and also want to cook for yourself and those you love. A really special book. So happy I read!!
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4.5 Hearts I really enjoyed this story. There is something that pulls you in from page one. While contemporary the special talent Portia has adds a delightful spin. Portia is such a fascinating character. She is someone you want to be friends will. The feelings of guilt, love and longing is palpable. Gabriel is so hard-edged but yet something is so sweet about him. They are so perfectly matched.

The character of Ariel is such a complement to this story. I
Food, family, and love sound like good ingredients (ha) for a cold, snowy Saturday read. Indeed. I was able to finish the book in one day; the sisters and the new family are interesting and the food sounded delicious. We are told in the story that the main character, Portia, (her mother was a fan of Shakespeare) analyzes people, places, and decisions based on her food premonitions. The love stories go just far enough, leaving plenty to the imagination. Three stars? I had to reread the dialogue a ...more
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This was my beach read for 2015. Literally, I read it on the beach in Maui. Let's start out with what worked in this novel.

First, the funny and whimsical part of the book. Spoiler alert! Early in the book, the main character, Portia, in an effort to find a job, dons a hamburger suit for Burger Boy Restaurant. She gets chased home by dogs, the ultimate meat lovers, and becomes stuck in her suit in the entryway to her apartment. Ga
The Glass Kitchen: A Novel of Sisters by Linda Francis Lee is a sweet tale about three sisters, the magic of knowing, and romance. Olivia, Cordelia, and Portia are the three Cuthcart sisters who live in Willow Creek, Texas. Portia was seven years old when she has her first experience with the “knowing”. Portia can predict what someone will want, need, or how to help them with food. She inherited the gift from her grandmother. Portia’s grandmother took her into the kitchen of the restaurant, The ...more
I'm seriously loving on this one!! It's one of those beautiful feel-good reads, right story, right time ... you know the one, warms your heart, leaving you feeling like you've been wrapped in a rainbow.

Portia has a gift, a knowing connected with food, it's a beautiful, magical, healing thing when she allows it to come.

I loved Portia from the start, I love how the story unfolded ... turmoil, chemistry, hurts, love and laughs. I wanted Gabriel and Portia to be together, neither were perfect but
Caren ~ the misfit geek
I received an ARC of this book through a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads.

I have really mixed feelings about this book. Parts of it really dragged for me and I questioned if I would make it all the way through. I am glad that I stuck with it because I really liked the ending. There were things that I really liked about the book that saved it from utter failure and brought my rating up to 3 stars.

I really liked the subtle magical realism in the story. I thought the idea of a sixth sense with foo

Linda Francis Lee
St. Martin’s Press
July 2014

Portia Cuthcart was seven years old when she began working with her grandmother at her café, The Glass Kitchen, in Willow Creek, Texas. Portia has inherited the ancestral gift – “a knowing” about food – and Gram will spend the next few years instructing the child how to use it.

An adult Portia marries a wealthy young lawyer that Gram warns will hurt her. Robert needs a beautiful wife to help him with his political ambitions. Portia and
The Glass Kitchen is a delectable morsel of a book about food, family, and second chances, with plenty of humor and a pinch of magic, all incorporated in the most delightful way. While seemingly a ‘light and fluffy’ chick lit type of read, this tale also subtly explores more substantial themes, such as family dynamics (siblings as well as fathers and mothers), loss of a parent, starting over, and learning to believe in and trust yourself and those you love.

This book is not a literary masterpiece
I enjoyed this book! Portia Cuthcart has the gift of "knowing", knowing what foods to make for people to help them through whatever their life's circumstances are at the moment. Portia and her sisters, Cordelia and Olivia, are strong, sassy women from Texas. They all end up in NYC together to start their lives all over. A young character, Arial, is just adorable. I wanted to just wrap her up and wipe away her fears and tears. In spite of all the heartache, teenage angst, and fear in the story. t ...more
I liked the storyline of the book - I did not enjoy the writing style too much though....I felt like there was always a lot of extra "fluff" to get through. I really wanted to love this book because the idea for the story is quite unique and intriguing & the characters were interesting. I just wish it drew me in more - I would find myself getting bored with a lot of extra paragraphs that felt like "filler". I did receive the book free on Goodreads which was an awesome bonus - thank you Goodr ...more
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Linda Francis Lee is a native Texan now calling New York City home. Linda's writing career began when her article "There Is No Finish Line" was published in her university's quarterly magazine. But she got sidetracked from writing when she started teaching probability and statistics. Later she found her way back to writing, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution called her breakout novel, Blue Waltz ...more
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