This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair review.
The Glass Kitchen
Portia Cuthcart would have lived in Texas forever- Texas was her home, her birthright- the place she felt comfortable. The other place she felt comfortable was the kitchen- Portia had a gift (some called it a curse)- but it was “the knowing” and Portia just knew things about food- she didn’t always know why she was compelled to make certain dishes- but she would be. Cooking at The Glass Kitchen with her grandmother was one of life’s joys. Then… things began to change. Sometimes Portia cursed her gift. Longed to be normal. When she meets the politician, she changes herself. Takes this chance to be normal, to be the best politician’s wife possible and envisions sailing off in the sunset of happiness.
Portia’s life explodes. The politician turned out to be the frog. So she takes herself to New York City and moves into her aunt Evie’s apartment- the apartment she was going to sell; but decided against. Within no time, she meets a man- the man who has been trying to buy her apartment- Gabriel. He’s dark, gruff at times, even a bit scary how focused he is. And Portia feels lust when she sees him.
Portia is done with men, though. Especially men who have complications in their life. And Gabriel has complications- 2 daughters who are grieving the loss of their mother and learning the ropes in a new town. Soon though, Portia finds herself cooking for this family- while putting together a plan to open a new Glass Kitchen in New York. With her sister’s help, plans start to be made-even as all the sisters are dealing with personal issues of their own. As Portia gets closer to the Kranes- she sees things- and knows that under Gabriel’s exterior- there is a good man, a man who has built walls up for his own reasons.
Life may not be turning out exactly how Portia had hoped- but with her strength, determination and family of her choosing by her side- she finds that life has some great possibilities and that fixing food, nourishing people and sharing love is a great part of the possibilities.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
When Rhiannon at Ivory Owl Reviews asked me if I had read THE GLASS KITCHEN yet and compared it to PRACTICAL MAGIC with Food- I knew I was in for a treat. I did not realize how much of a treat I was in for until Sunday morning, sitting in my comfy chair and picking this book up. I devoured it. I stayed up way too late Sunday night reading. And Monday morning- instead of breakfast… THE GLASS KITCHEN was the only thing on my mind.
The characters- ooh Portia was a great character. The Cuthcart sisters had a bond that was something else. The way they loved, squabbled, and loved some more made me long for a sister. The chemistry between Portia and Gabriel.. oh my stars- so wonderful. So intense. So steamy. Their relationship, the lust, the looks- I’m surprised the pages of my book did not catch on fire!
The food.. the food- the recipes were something memorable! I adored how the book was divided into sections as well. So cute- and so telling of what we should expect in each section!
I HIGHLY recommend this book. Highly! Add it to your summer reads list. Perfect to enjoy on a lazy Sunday- and with enough happening that books club would find plenty to discuss (and have a ready-made menu!)
Some things are true whether you believe them or not..
*This book was sent to Traveling With T from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T