Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lizzy and Jane never saw eye to eye. But when illness brings them together, they discover they may be more like Austen’s famous sisters after all.

Lizzy was only a teenager when her mother died of cancer. Shortly after, Lizzy fled from her home, her family, and her cherished nickname. After working tirelessly to hone her gift of creating magic in the kitchen, Elizabeth has climbed the culinary ladder to become the head chef of her own New York restaurant, Feast. But as her magic begins to elude her, Paul, Feast’s financial backer, brings in someone to share her responsibilities and her kitchen. So Elizabeth flees again.

In a desperate attempt to reconnect with her gift, Elizabeth returns home. But her plans are derailed when she learns that her estranged sister, Jane, is battling cancer. Elizabeth surprises everyone—including herself—when she decides to stay in Seattle and work to prepare healthy, sustaining meals for Jane as she undergoes chemotherapy. She also meets Nick and his winsome son, Matt, who, like Elizabeth, are trying to heal from the wounds of the past.

As she tends to Jane's needs, Elizabeth's powers begin to return to her, along with the family she left behind so long ago. Then Paul tries to entice her back to New York, and she is faced with a hard decision: stay and become Lizzy to her sister’s Jane, or return to New York and the life she worked so hard to create?

About this author

Katherine Reay has lived all across the country and Europe and has just moved with her family to Chicago. She is a writer, wife, mom, runner, and, most randomly, a tae kwon do black belt. Her debut novel "Dear Mr. Knightley" (ThomasNelson/HarperCollins) was be released last November. It is a contemporary story with a dash of Jane Austen and other nineteenth century writers thrown in for the fun of it. Her next novel, Lizzy & Jane, releases October 2014.

My Thoughts:

Katherine Reay's sophomore book Lizzy and Jane is 110% better than anticipated! Lizzy is goes home to Washington to help care for her older sister Jane. They haven't gotten along in years, mainly because when their mother died Jane was away at college and refused to come home, leaving Lizzy a teen at the time to help their father cared for their mother, who was dying of cancer.
Lizzy comes home to not only help her sister, but to find herself again. She's been running Feast, a top restaurant in New York, but she's lost her focus. In caring for her sister, Jane, she finds herself and a new way to cook to help patients suffering with cancer.
This book made me laugh, cry, and cheer for not only Lizzy and Jane but the other characters that both of them come in contact with.
This is one of my favorite books of 2014 and I highly recommend it!!


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