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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Francis Lee Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9781491530443
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Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant that 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Could be Lee’s best, most magical book yet. There’s nothing at all far-fetched about this sweet, charming novel in which a woman does her best to resist love by throwing herself into her true life passion, which is cooking. Romantics at heart will absolutely love the chemistry and sparks that fly between Portia and Gabriel, as well as appreciate the brilliant and realistic voice of twelve-year-old Ariel. Readers and foodies alike may be rushing to the grocery store after reading this one.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • “Portia Cuthcart wakes up in her Manhattan apartment with the taste of chocolate cake in her mouth. Recognizing the strange gift that comes in the form of compulsions to bake, mix, boil, or cook any given thing at any given time, she heads to the store to pick up the ingredients…With shades of The Tempest, Chocolat, and Stepmom, The Glass Kitchen is a story of redemption, rediscovery, and renewal through the marriage of love and food.…A tantalizing mix of romance, wit, and family secrets.”


  • “Sweet and intense, with delightful magical accents, a delectable romance—and yummy recipes.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Laced with Southern charm and a hint of magic, this story of love, family, and food is an auditory feast. Julia Whelan’s rich, mellow voice is a perfect pairing for Portia Cuthcart, one of three close-knit Texas sisters. Portia is the one born with ‘the knowing’—the ability to bake or cook the perfect dish or meal that will foretell something that is about to happen. Whelan gives each of the sisters a distinctive and recognizable accent that is especially effective in the sweet but biting Cordelia. And she infuses Portia with enough moxie that she isn’t overpowered by the hunky but aloof Gabriel Kane. As the gruff-voiced ‘Gram,’ Whelan also hits the mark. This book makes you laugh out loud and comforts the soul.


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