Today’s theme: #TBT- More magical books from authors we love. Be sure to check out the posts on Sara Addison Allen and Barbara O’Neal too.
If there’s one writer who’s been absent from the landscape for too long whom I miss like mad, it’s Linda Francis Lee. Her books are the perfect combination of heart-tugging and entertaining.
I’ve read a couple of her romances, but her single titles are sheer delight. I loved her Texas-debutante themed books, but EMILY & EINSTEIN is just amazing and THE GLASS KITCHEN is possibly even better.
Again, there are magical elements in the books, the books are magical and the writing is sublime.
If you haven’t discovered LFL, let me tell you that you have some lovely reading in front of you. And I am hopeful that she’ll have another book sometime soon.
With 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.
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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