Monday, June 16, 2014
The Glass Kitchen
Title: The Glass Kitchen
Author: Linda Francis Lee
384 pages, publishing date June 17, 2014
Genre: Women's Fiction
Note: I received this ARC from NetGalley. This is my honest review.
From Good Reads:
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.
I really enjoyed this book. What I liked most about it was the "magical" notion of food for Portia. She would get this "vision" of food or a meal, and it would relate to her life or those around her in some way. Though that level of "knowing" doesn't exist in real life, I like how the author showed the emotional and physical benefits of a good meal shared with friends and family. Throughout the book, she kept having visions of a specific meal, and I loved seeing how it all tied together in the end. The book was hard to put down and an entertaining read.
My favorite character in the book was Ariel. Having recently lost her mom in a car crash, she had a myriad of different emotions and feelings she was dealing with. Her character was so real and had so much depth. I really rooted for her throughout the book.
Overall this was an enjoyable, fun read that's perfect for summer! I liked that it was unpredictable at times--hard to find in women's fiction. It was well written, quirky, heartwarming, and real.
Overall rating for "The Glass Kitchen": A