The Books Of Summer: Week Four

Today’s post by author Linda Francis Lee | @LindaFrancisLee

Week four in our “Book of Summer” series brings us to Linda Francis Lee and her novel THE GLASS KITCHEN. It’s the perfect summer read. Food. Love. Sisters. Manhattan. What more could you want? As we’ve done each week in this series, we have all five books up for grabs. (See the entry form below) You can also read about the other novels we’ve featured so far and enter the giveaways here, here, and here.

The Books of Summer Collage

Linda Francis Lee

Linda Francis Lee

As a Texan living in New York City, I am always struck by the fact that I grew up in wide open spaces but have come to love such a contained place like Manhattan – an island, a place that can only be reached by bridges or tunnels. Living in New York City, I am worlds away from both my hometown and my family. When I started plotting THE GLASS KITCHEN, I was thinking a lot about the sorts of friendships I was making here – deep, rich bonds with friends who had become like family. We had elegant dinner parties and impromptu dinners thrown together with whatever we had in the refrigerator. Despite being so far away from home, I was reminded of growing up with my own mother’s dinner parties, and the magic good food has when combined with friends and family. What, I wondered, would happen if I had a sister from Texas who moves to Manhattan. I couldn’t wait to start plotting!

The Glass Kitchen is primarily the story of Portia Cuthcart, a youngest sister, as she makes her way in a city world that is so different from the one she came from. But it is also the story of Ariel, the man upstairs’ daughter, sister to Miranda, who at twelve is also trying to find her way, to solve the mystery to why her own little family suddenly finds themselves in Manhattan as well. It is the bond that Portia and Ariel form that helps each of them find their way to unravel secrets of their pasts and forge a path to possibilities for the future.  But sometimes the love of family can get in the way.  Just because one person wants the past unraveled, doesn’t mean everyone else wants that too. I loved exploring the idea that sometimes you have to decide how to move forward when your freedom from secrets means someone else might get hurt?  If you love someone, how much are you willing to risk in order to live fully? The Glass Kitchen is a novel of full of friends and laughter, sisters and cooking, falling in love and risking everything in order to find what it means to be family.

* * *

The Glass KitchenWith the glass kitchen, Linda Francis Lee has served up a novel that is about the courage
it takes to follow your heart and be yourself. A true recipe for life.

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

34 Responses to The Books Of Summer: Week Four

  1. Gwyn June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I moved several times in my life as a young adult and now find my home in Denver! I have always found friends through church and my knitting store!!

  2. Nita June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    When I have moved, I have appreciated the smaller towns, but whether small or large, I find a church first to become involved in and to make friends. And also find the local library!!

  3. Becky June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway- excited to read these books!

  4. Laurie June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I’m originally from N.Y., and I love food, friends and family, so would appreciate reading this book.

  5. Laurie June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve never moved to a place where I didn’t settle in. I moved from N.Y.C. to N.C., but I feel very at home here too.

  6. Brooke June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I am getting myself in trouble with my nose being in a book constantly from all these great books suggestions. thanks “SHE READS”!!

  7. Sarah H. June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Oh, I would love to win these! I may never do anything but read again! :)

  8. Meghan June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I have all of these books in my tbr list! I have to get myself to the beach to really enjoy some beach reads!

  9. Carl June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Every time I’ve moved to a new city I’ve felt out of place for the first little bit. I usually just walk around the immediate area and become familiar with a restaurant or two. Check out the area near where I’ll be working, scope out the downtown. After a few days I usually settle right in. Thanks

  10. Christi June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I have moved from TN to CA and back again over 12 years. Its odd because no matter how much I know the area I will be living in, it’s always new like a shiny toy. Before anything I go to a movie or to the mall just to see how people interact with each other. I’ve always like observing others and wonder where they are going and where they’ve been. My family has always said i was weird but its just something I like doing and it makes me comfortable because I know I’ll fit in just fine.

  11. Paula Dolin June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    All these books sound great! I’d love to win!

  12. Jennifer Huelsebusch June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Moved to Kansas for nine years for work. It never really did feel,like home because I worked so much!

  13. Susan Ashton June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like another winner! You guys really put together the best books.

  14. Tracy D. June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve had two major moves in my adult life with my husband’s job. The first was from Atlanta to a small town in NW Ohio in the winter. I had no job and no children to help me meet people through those avenues. It was rough, and it took a long time to feel at home, but I did. Then, we moved to Massachusetts. But, the difference was, we moved to a neighborhood with lots of other stay-at-home moms of young children. Having that common thread helped make friends. We’ve live in MA for 17 years.

  15. Betty Apsley June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I moved from where I had lived for most of my life to another state to be closer to my sister and her family. They made it easier for me! Can’t wait to read this book.

  16. Tarri Feden June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    When I retired, I moved back into the house where I lived as a child. It was hard to leave the friends I had made while I worked, but home is what you make of it.

    This book is wonderful.

  17. Paula Agius June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I have not read any of these books and they all sound great!

  18. Bonnie K. June 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    At the end of 8th grade, my family and I moved to a Southern California city where we didn’t know anyone. It was upsetting for me. I made friends in school but not close ones. I really missed my old friends. I did feel kind of adrift–not sure that I really solved it. I just focused on getting good grades. As an adult, I didn’t move much. I’ve been in the same general area since college.

  19. Cindy Hines June 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I don’t have a moving story – I’ve always lived in the same area of TX :) But, I would love love love to read this book!!

  20. Connie Saunders June 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I have always loved within a 20 mile area so I have no fantastic story to post about moving and adjustment but I would love to win this,fantastic story by Linda! Thanks for the chance.

  21. Ann Bresnan June 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds great! Would love to win.

  22. Daniela June 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Moved several times, this last move was the hardest to settle in and make new friends. Just finished Glass Kitchen. Excellent read. Even made the corn chowder, super yummy.

  23. Susan G. June 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved reading the excerpt to this book and can’t wait to finish the book!
    I also love the idea that Linda Francis Lee can leave big ‘ole Texas and live in Manhattan! We can certainly adapt to the state we choose to live in- or we can move somewhere else. :)
    Thanks She Reads!!!

  24. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories June 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I haven’t moved too many times and
    only twice as an adult on my own.

  25. Jennifer June 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Moving can be hard. My last move it took time to develop friendships. Church and the neighborhood park provided the opportunity to form these relationships.

  26. Anita June 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved THE GLASS KITCHEN just finished it last week, ironically while I visited my momma in Texas. Moving is hard, as are families at times. Linda has written a beautiful book to be devoured in the summer days!!

  27. Jencey Gortney June 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Moving to a new city and starting over is something I know well. I moved to the Atlanta area six years ago but still feel like I am settling in. The hardest part of any move is starting over and finding new friends. One of the best aspects of moving is the friends that I have created all over the country.

  28. Davida Chazan June 28, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    New city? New country, actually! That’s pretty trying and about as unsettling as you can get.

  29. Susan C. June 30, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I have lived in Chicagoland all my life…believe it or not. My biggest move was from Chicago to Skokie where I have resided for 29 years. Every day felt like a vacation….and still does!

  30. Britney Adams June 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read THE GLASS KITCHEN! Starting over in a new place can be scary and exciting! I love traveling to various places around the country, but Texas will always be home!

  31. Susan Schleicher July 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    When we moved to our current town, I was lucky enough to be able to have to go back to work for 6 weeks. I spent that time with my sons learning about the community and getting them acclimated before they started school.

  32. Susan S July 3, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I have only moved once in my adult life – when I got married 22 years ago.

  33. Renee July 3, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I went to a new school every two years. So I moved a lot growing up. It was very difficult for me because my mom had a hard time and I learned to view it as something I “had” to do. Moving had a negative connotation to it. I learned to live through the books I read. I remember losing myself in every book I got my hands on. When I became a mom, I passed on the love of reading to our two daughters. Our oldest has gotten her husband hooked and he now reads more books that any of us! Their 16 month old daughter is continuing the tradition and has books in the bedroom, living room and the car!

  34. Raelynn July 3, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I moved from home to bigger city when I went to university. What helped me was to find a church home and get involved-I met other young people who were in the same position as me and made many new friends.

Leave a Reply