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 twelve-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. The Glass Kitchen is a delicious novel, a tempestuous story of a woman washed up on the shores of Manhattan who discovers that a kitchen—like an island—can be a refuge, if only she has the courage to give in to the pull of love, the power of forgiveness, and accept the complications of what it means to be family.
My first was this was going to be another book about some sisters opening a café or dinner, falling in love, and being successful. I wasn’t entirely wrong, but there was so much more to this story. The Glass Kitchen is a fun, sweet, and wonderful book about three sassy and unique sisters trying to make it in Manhattan.
Portia Cuthcart is a great character. Her magical knowing powers kept me entertaining. As she figured out what to cook, not knowing why she had to cook that specific thing, I tried to guess before Linda Francis Lee let the reader in on the reason. Her relationship with Ariel and Miranda was just how a “friend” of their dad’s should be. She was the friend when they needed a friend and a mother when they needed a mother, never over stepping her boundaries. Now, her relationship with Gabriel was so complicated. The heat was obvious, the attraction a given, yet they managed to keep it separate from their everyday lives through most of the book.
I loved this book. The characters were fun and lovable, the story was entertaining and mostly believable, and I could not put it down. This is a clever and well written book that is easy to read and enjoy.