When I'm not writing, I'm exploring NYC. Come along for the ride as I search out the best spots in the Big Apple! Bestselling author of EMILY & EINSTEIN: A Novel of Second Chances. THE GLASS KITCHEN: A Novel of Sisters out June 17, 2014 www.lindaleebooks.com
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.
He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance. But he needed one…
Emily and her husband Sandy Portman seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.
Suddenly Emily is forced on a journey to find out who her husband really was . . . all the while feeling that somehow he isn't really gone. Angry, hurt, and sometimes betrayed by loving memories of the man she lost, Emily finds comfort in a scruffy dog named Einstein. But is Einstein's seemingly odd determination that she save herself enough to make Emily confront her own past? Can he help her find a future—even after she meets a new man?
When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing, of the old-moneyed Texas Wainwrights, moved to Boston three years ago to work at one of the city’s most prestigious divorce law firms, she thought she had escaped the high society she’d grown up in – after all, no one in Boston, not even her fiancé, knew she was an heiress. But now, Carlisle has been lured back to Texas to deal with her mother’s latest divorce and the family-sponsored 100th annual debutante ball, which is on the verge of collapse. She’s afraid she’ll never get back to Boston, at least with her reputation intact, especially when good ’ole Southern boy Jack Blair shows up on the opposite side of the divorce court, making her wonder if he’s going after her mother in the proceedings--or her.
Carlisle’s trip home challenges her sense of who she really is and forces her to face her family’s secrets. Funny, smart, and poignant, The Ex-Debutante is a story about the risks one woman must take if she stands a chance of finding herself, real love, and her place in that crazy thing we call family.
GRACE COLEBROOK HAS A WAY ABOUT HER
THAT JACK BERENGER CAN’T FORGET. . . .
If there’s one thing Grace Colebrook cannot tolerate, it’s hysterics. So when her fiancé betrays her on their wedding day, she refuses to make a scene. She simply walks away—straight into the arms of a powerful stranger. The morning after, regrets fly. But life gets truly complicated when it turns out that the man lives in the apartment below hers.
Legendary ER doctor Jack Berenger is a man used to getting what he wants. And he doesn’t want Grace Colebrook—or so he tells himself when he can’t get her out of his mind. She’s prim, passionate, and unpredictable, a far cry from the ice queens who usually catch his eye. But most of all, she breaks through the hard shell he has built around himself . . . filling him with a burning hunger to possess her.
At once deeply moving and wildly romantic, two unforgettable people find each other in a world turned upside-down. Now Jack has one final chance to open his heart and prove he can be the sort of man a woman like Grace could love. . . .
IN THE GAME OF SEDUCTION, HE WILL ACCEPT NOTHING LESS
THAN TOTAL SURRENDER.
When prim and proper Lacey Wright decided to start a new life, she never dreamed she’d be managing a sports bar. But she is determined to make it work even if she is a bit out of her element. The only thing standing in the way is her recklessly charming new boss—a man she finds totally infuriating . . . and completely irresistible.
There isn’t a woman in all of Texas who can resist sexy and confident football legend Bobby McIntyre—no one, that is, except the prissy new bar manager who gets his blood pumping. She’s not interested in his money or his fame, and she sees through the macho act he shows the world. But when the tables are turned and it’s Lacey who demands total surrender, can Bobby Mac afford the high stakes in a game of true love?
Former Junior Leaguer Linda Francis Lee has crafted a scandalously delicious novel that takes you deep into the heart of Texas blue-blood society.
The Junior League of Willow Creek, Texas, is très exclusive. Undesirables need not apply. Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware (Frede to her friends) is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, it's something Frede would prefer to keep under wraps. The last thing she needs is to become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. And to make matters worse, there's only one person in town who stands a chance at helping her get revenge—Howard Grout, a tasteless, gold-chain-wearing lawyer who has bought his way into Frede's tony neighborhood. But there's a price: She has to get his tacky, four-inch-stiletto-and-pink-spandex-wearing wife, Nikki, into the Junior League.
The crème de la crème of Southern royalty should sit up and take notice, and hang on tight for this irresistible tale of getting in and getting even.
When a legendary bad boy returns to town, Kate must summon her inner temptress.
Kate Bloom's ordered world is turned upside down when notorious bad boy and superstar athlete Jesse Chapman comes home. Seeing him again reminds Kate of all the reasons she harbored a Texas-sized crush on him back when they were kids. But she isn't a little girl anymore . . . and she's ready to show this hell-raising playboy just how sexy she can be.
After a reporter starts digging into his past, Jesse Chapman returns home looking for space. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but that's just what he gets when he sees his little Katie. Suddenly the girl next door is hot and sexy-and more than even this legendary ladies' man can handle.
After a close encounter of the sexy kind,
Chloe discovers her wild side. . . .
Plain-Jane Chloe Sinclair has never been bad . . . until she stumbles- literally-into the arms of a gorgeous stranger. To make matters worse, the morning after, her world is rocked completely off its axis when the sensual dreamboat turns out to be the man brought in to save the TV station where she works.
Sterling Prescott is hard-driven, sexy as hell, and determined to take over the struggling KTEX TV. But all bets are off when the shameless wildcat who disappeared on him last night walks back into his life-acting like a squeaky-clean librarian. Life gets truly complicated, however, when Sterling decides to win more than the station-and to show her that being sexy isn't a sin.
She's sworn off bad boys.
There's just one problem. . . .
When life goes awry for wild and sexy Julia Boudreaux, she packs up her stiletto heels and swears off guys who spell nothing but trouble. And to keep her job in television, she decides to create a TV hit-a makeover show. She's going to turn rugged West Texas men into sensitive guys. Easier pitched than done.
Undercover cop Ben Prescott is so sexy it hurts. Back in Julia's orbit after a brush with a bullet, Ben steers clear of the woman who used to set his blood afire. She's changed from Mae West to Mother Teresa, and she's trying to turn him into a sensitive guy. But when life heats up, will this rugged hunk risk everything for a woman who's about to lose it all?
He may turn out to be the best gift she has ever received. . . SHE WAS READY TO TIE THE KNOT.
NOW SHE’S FIT TO BE TIED.
Texas heiress Vivienne Stansfield’s dream of being a bride was about to come true. But in a startling change of fortune, her safe, reliable fiancé proves himself to be neither–and her wealthy, eccentric father disappears, leaving her with no money, no explanation, and no choice but to find a job. Determined to prove that she isn’t the pampered princess the tabloids say she is, she seeks the position of nanny for sexy real estate mogul Max Landry’s young sisters. With to-die-for clothes and a heart as pure as her gold charm bracelet, Vivi steps up to the challenge. But how to resist her irresistible employer?
Max needs a nanny. But the last person he wants is a knockout who doesn’t know the first thing about taking care of herself, much less two young girls. But once she arrives, he learns that there is more to Vivi than her short skirts and high heels imply. And when she asks Max to teach her about the game of life and passion, this strong-willed man realizes that he wants to play for real, for keeps–and he has no intention of losing this woman’s surprisingly fragile heart.