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The Glass Kitchen

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  6,777 Ratings  ·  990 Reviews
Listening Length: 10 hours and 59 minutes

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 brown
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Jun 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Moon Love
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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!
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition

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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Sharon Redfern
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
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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.
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.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Hristina Tserovska
Трогателно забавна, прекрасно написана книга!
Nina Draganova
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Една магическа и чудата история, в стила на Сара Адисън Алън.
Съчетана със завладяваща любов и дълбоко заровени тайни.
В която истината и доброто в края на краищата побеждават.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Goodreads First Reads Review - Free Book from St. Martin's Griffin

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

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
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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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