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The Glass Kitchen

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  7,228 ratings  ·  1,038 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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Jun 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-pdf
Portia gibi dimdik duran, kararlı daha çok karakter okumak istiyorum. Başlarda biraz zayıf iradeli gelse de (hem ablaları hem Gabriel’e) bütün düşüncelerimi yedirdi bana. Ben hayatımda böyle güzel diklenen, inandığını savunan ve hak ettiği değeri arayan kadın karakter görmedim. ‘Yürü be Portia, arkandayım!’ diye bağırmış olabilirim.😃😃

Sırları, entrikaları, aile ve aşk ilişkisiyle güzel bir çerezlikti. Çıtır çerez kitapların sadece tavşanlar gibi cinsellik olmadan da kendini okutabileceğinin en iy
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
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, e-book
Kırıldım, acıktım, eğlendim, üzüldüm ve sevindim şu an içim içime sığmıyor tşk Sayın Linda 😢
Büşra Öztürk
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-pub, 2019, favoriler
Bir kitabı sevmeniz için bütün kriterleri oluşturan bir kitap düşünün Hah işte bu kitap benim için Sırça Hayaller'di resmen.


Sipariş versem bu kadar güzel yazılamazdı.
Ben beş vermeyimde kim versin yani 😂
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!
Moon Love
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
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
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
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
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, fiction, food
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
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yaaa çok güzeldi 😍😍😍
Yazarın elimde bir kitabı daha var ve hemen başlamamak için kendimi zor tutuyorum diyebilirim😊
Büşra Köprü
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uzun zamandır şöyle güzel bir chick-lit okumaya hasrettim. Hiçbir beklenti gütmeden başladığım Sırça Hayaller'in böyle güzel çıkması beni ne kadar sevindirmiştir, bir düşünün. Yoruma geçmeden önce gönül rahatlığıyla söyleyebilirim ki bu türü sevenler hiç düşünmeden alıp okusun (ya da benim gibi indirip okusun), gerçekten türünün hakkını veren, insanın yüzünü güldüren bir kitap olmuş. İçinde bir tutam sihir de yok değil!

Gerçek bir ikinci şans, ikinci bahar öyküsü Sırça Hayaller. Aile yadigarı bir
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Една чудесна история! Заобичах тази книга! Имаше си всичко в нея - ново начало, тайни, загадъчност, любов, смях, магия. Всеки образ беше много добре изграден - на Порша, която не се беше оставила да я завладее отчаянието след развода си и продължи смело напред. На Гейбриъл - мъж, загадъчен, не показващ чувствата си, но очароваше с всяко свое действие. На сестрите на Порша - Корделия и Оливия, много ми хареса връзката, която имаха трите помежду си, как се подкрепяха една друга и се разбираха. На ...more

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
Katherine Jones
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Sharon Huether
A beautifully written story of three sisters. They had a restaurant in Texas while their Grandmother was alive and now they wanted to capture that same feeling in New York City.
This was a second chance for them (Cordelia, Olivia and Portia. )
Very heartwarming, funny and a little sexy.
A real page turner.
Sharon Redfern
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this charming, easy read. Although obviously not possessing Portia's ability to "know" what special dish/recipe is needed in certain situations ahead of time, I can definitely relate to certain foods being a part of a special memory or place in my own life. At times, Portia's visions were downright mouth-watering! The inclusion of some of these recipes was a nice touch at the end of the book. Might have to try a couple myself! Although I didn't feel an especial connection to any ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Janie Boyd
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The glass kitchen by Linda Francis Lee is a light-hearted luscious read! I absolutely fell in love with Portia, Olivia, and Cordelia, the Cuthcart sisters. From Texas to New York, this is a delicious adventure that had me laughing, crying, and dreaming of life lived on my own terms. Lee has created a magical place, The Glass Kitchen, where love and family are the staples of life. The addition of Portia’s “knowing” makes the reader dive into the story with abandon. I can’t wait to make some of th ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
T.Y. Mazer
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yaa ne kadar tatlı, ne kadar anlamlı bir kitaptın sen! Severek okudum, gerçekten. Tavsiye edilir.
Galya Ozan
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Прекрасна книга.Лека,забавна и четяща се на един дъх.Пророних и малко сълзи,но има страхотен хепи енд.
This is the second book I've read by this author. I loved the characters - especially Portia with her gift of premonition expressed in cooking and tween Ariel trying to resolve her family problems on her little shoulders.
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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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