Three sisters move from Texas to New York City to open a restaurant in this novel about food, family, and finding true love from the author of Emily and Einstein.
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 12-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.
©2014 Linda Francis Lee. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with St. Martin’s Press, LLC.
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
I had hopes for this story but it was a flop . Would hesitate to get another book buy this author. Try Marcia Willett Rachel Hore or Kate Morton instead.
Light, easy, fun
upbeat, sweet, easy to listen to. Perfect for a beach read
This story is flat and the characters are one dimensional caricature of southern women and hard unloving New Yorkers. , the addition of Magical Realism wasn't the worst example I have read, but it follows in the foot steps a little bit to much towards Sarah Addison Allen. I have been a fan of previous works, The Devil in the Junior League and The Ex-Debutante were both funny and relatable, the women although flawed were strong and the stories were built up around them. It reminds me of a poorly written harlequin novel.
The men all sounded like versions of batman, they were laughable and stagnate. The women sounded very similar to each other which was disappointing.
Portia's sisters, they added very little to no substance to the book.
What I learned: Women are weak and easily manipulated and controlled by men. Men are greedy, uncaring cheaters. Flat characters.
This book is speechlessly bad. Both the author and the narrator have credentials that are worthy of a preorder double digit dollar book that they completely tarnished with this work. I can’t believe how two great talents fell so badly.
I enjoyed Lee’s previous book that had a bit of whimsy, leading me to look forward to this seemingly fanciful fun read. The author had a potentially decent story idea that she swirled to absolutely nowhere. The protagonist and her man have richly quirky families that were given no banter, no role, and no back story and assume the role of cardboard dummies. Dialog, drama or interaction with them could have created the character depth that this was sorely lacking. The author did give one character, the little girl, what was needed. Her plight kept me to the end. If only she had given the others equal attention. Portia had a little spunk on her in the beginning then fell flat. Her sass ended up being a handful of sassy come backs. She certainly wasn’t given any interesting conversations, for she has NONE with her love interest. These two don’t have conversations, just sex. Not that good sex you have WITH someone, these two have odd nonverbal sex AT each other in the middle of the night. The little dialog attributed to Gabriel is ‘eye roll back in your head’ awful.
The entire body is over flowingly abundant with adjectives and adverbs. Metaphors and similes are laughable they are so silly. Some … like the phrase that he was as hot and creamy as her hot chocolate made me laugh out loud. If Lee is going to write like this – she needs to put Fabio on the cover of her books.
After checking out the shocking amount of favorable reviews on Good Reads and Amazon I am wondering if the terrible male voices used by Julia Whelan during this audio rendition added to what I consider a horrible train wreck. I have no clue to what she was thinking when she chose this poor voice as that of ALL the males in this book but, I am betting she was trying to give Gabriel her best impersonation of Battoe’s rendition of Christian Grey. I have listened to a number of Whelan’s other narrations which I enjoyed immensely. She has done some very believable male voices in previous books – The Witness, Gone Girl to name two. This ebbs on unlistenable.
I won't mention the multiple unrealisting events that happen, the major infractions and life changing events that happen then are completely forgotten on following pages, for to do so could give too much away.
Thankfully, the recipes are saved to the back matter and not read within the text. Does someone seriously listen to eleven minutes of someone reading recipes? What am I saying, I kept reading for 10+ hours longer than I should have.
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