Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Top Ten Life Lessons Found in The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee + Giveaway! (US only)

The Glass Kitchen
Linda Francis Lee

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.

Life Lessons that Fill The Glass Kitchen


  1. It isn't the bumps in the road we hit in life that defines who we are. It is how we pick ourselves up and move forward that tells us who we are.
  2. No relationship is perfect. In a true relationship we accept that there will always be ups and downs.
  3. As my mother always said: It takes all kinds to make the world go round.
  4. The people you love, surrounding a table filled with food lovingly prepared, creates family.
  5. A sister is someone who shares your past and can be counted on for the future.
  6. Children learn who they are by the vision reflected back to them through the eyes of others.
  7. Holding on too tightly to someone only makes that person want to flee.
  8. Confidence is the foundation for a successful life.
  9. There is nothing more attractive in anyone than confidence – not arrogance, but true, bone-deep self-assurance that allows for kindness.
  10. Don't let fear rule your life.

About the Author


Linda Francis Lee is a native Texan now calling New York City home. Linda's writing career began when her article "There Is No Finish Line" was published in her university's quarterly magazine. But she got sidetracked from writing when she started teaching probability and statistics. Later she found her way back to writing, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution called her breakout novel, Blue Waltz, "absolutely stunning."

When Linda isn't writing, she loves to run in Central Park and spend time with her husband, family, and friends.


Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away
 one finished print copy of The Glass Kitchen and some fabulous recipe cards—yay!! To enter, all you have to do is tell me:

What's one of the most important lessons you've ever learned?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Linda and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends July 1st at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US residents only—sorry, international readers! Check out my sidebar for a list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide—there are plenty to choose from!
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Good luck!