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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.

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  • Karen
  • Chatsworth, GA, United States
  • 12-08-15

I was pulled right in from the start!

I'm not one to write reviews and I should since I do own nearly 500 books on audible. But, there was something different about this book that I could not stop listening to it. I like a book with many characters with different lives with different everyday problems and some that last for years and hidden ones as well. Just when I knew I had it figured out, I was found to be wrong. This story could be a real life story, easily. Well it does seem to have a bit of magic in it. All I can say is, the characters are just so good, a well written story with love, everyday life events, future, disappointments made right. Please Linda Francis Lee, keep writing those wonderful stories.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Tarri
  • United States
  • 07-15-15

The Glass Kitchen is one of my favorites

Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee is one of my favorite books, I may have liked The Glass Kitchen even more. In fact, when I finished reading I wanted to start over at the beginning, just to make sure I didn't miss anything.

The Glass Kitchen is the sweet and poignant story of two young girls recovering from the loss of their mother, but it's mostly the story of twelve year old Ariel coming to terms with the accident that she believes is her fault, she also believes she's disappearing.

It's the story of Portia, whose husband left her for her best friend. Portia has the ability to know what food to make to heal the people around her, she inherited this ability from her grandmother. After her husband dumps her, she moves from Texas to New York to the garden apartment left to her by her great-aunt. Her two sisters sold their parts of the apartment to Gabriel (father of Ariel)and he wants the last section of the building.

This is a book of family, failure, success, and love. It's also a book about the healing powers of food.

I read this book when it first came out, so knew I would enjoy the audiobook. My only complaint (and it's a tiny one) is that Gabriel didn't sound like I imagined him.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Loved this story

I discovered this book through the library's online book club. By the end of the week's readings I was intrigued and bought it. It turned out to be a truly delightful book. It had everything in it I was looking for from friendship to love to a great story line you will really enjoy this book if you read it.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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My Least Favorite From This Author

I loved, loved, loved The Devil in the Junior League. Enjoyed the Ex-Debutante. Emily & Einstein was different, but engaging & enjoyable. The Glass Kitchen? I'll finish it, but it's a disappointment in comparison. Way too much of a bodice-ripping romance novel, not at all like her previous works. I end up FFing through graphic love scenes. I wish the focus had been more on "the Knowing." I feel like the author didn't know how to develop that central part of the story, so the book got padded with a lot of cheesy romance novel stuff instead.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable story

What did you love best about The Glass Kitchen?

I liked the characters and the story line. It was a little long but overall enjoyable. It was an interesting concept about the food changing people and was a little quirky, but I liked that idea.

What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Easy to change voices.The narrator was very believable even when she did the male voices. A little difficult but made transitions from each character easy to distinguish.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book

Loved it!!!! Best book I've read in awhile. Definitely worth the purchase. Hope you enjoy as much as I did

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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if you like cheesy smut, then this is for you...

I could only listened to the first couple of hours, if even that long. Cheesy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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food

Absolutely too much detail on the recipes. Cute story, good narrator but too much detail on food.

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  • MS
  • 08-15-16

Excellent!

Sisters sticking together! Wonderful story. Couldn't wait to get to the end. Many parts of the book were unexpected - could not anticipate what would happen next in this book. Different story, but awesome. Linda Francis Lee is one of my favorite authors. Good narration!

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Disappointing

The story is "ok" as is the writing quality. A bit over the top with the intimate scenes considering the theme. A lot of trite passages...some funny, some over done. The performance is lacking with regards to the 'male' voices. The female voices are read with good Texas and New York accents. I would have preferred to read the book rather than listen....perhaps on a beach with a bunch of girlfriends.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful