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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.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Lizzy and Jane couldnt be further from Jane Austens famous sisters for whom they are named.
Elizabeth left her familys home in Seattle fifteen years ago to pursue her lifelong dreamchefing her own restaurant in New York City. Jane stayed behind to raise a family. Estranged since their mothers death many years ago, the circumstances of their lives are about to bring them together once again.
Known for her absolute command of her culinary domain, Elizabeths gifts in the kitchen have begun to elude her. And patrons and reviewers are noticing. In need of some rest and an opportunity to recover her passion for cooking, Elizabeth jumps at the excuse to rush to her sisters bedside when Jane is diagnosed with cancer. After all, Elizabeth did the same for their mother. Perhaps this time, it will make a difference.
As Elizabeth pours her renewed energy into her sisters care and into her burgeoning interest in Nick, Janes handsome coworker, her life begins to evolve from the singular pursuit of her own dream into the beautiful world of family, food, literature, and love that was shattered when she and Jane lost their mother. Will she stay and become Lizzy to her sisters Janeand Elizabeth to Nicks Mr. Darcyor will she return to the life she has worked so hard to create?
Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporarieswho provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. Katherines first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist and winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut as well as Carol Awards for both Best Debut and Best Contemporary. She is also the writer behind Dear Mr. Knightley and The Bronte Plot all contemporary stories with a bit of "classics" flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, former marketer, avid chocolate consumer and, randomly, a tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Feasts and Flavors Abound!April 18, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Abruptly leaving her New York City restaurant to help care for her very ill sister, Elizabeth heads for the west coast; never imagining that her extraordinary culinary skills would be so essential to a loved one undergoing chemotherapy. Intending to remain a short time with her sister Jane, Elizabeth extends her two week vacation and not only tries to heal a strained family relationship, but finds herself entwined with another challenge, Nick; Jane's very handsome and intriguing coworker. Slowly Jane's love of cooking begins to return, and her creativity in the kitchen becomes a ministry to other cancer patients. Ultimately, Jane faces an impending decision, return to New York or . . . .. . . . . .
"Lizzy and Jane" is a little difficult to interpret. As an avid reader with deep appreciation for classic literature, the characters, quotes and story lines are not easily recalled; making the constant references within this novel subtly disconcerting. The incessant "food talk" is also a bit distracting for the non-professional, even those with a hearty appetite for well-flavored, inter-national entrees. The story, while extremely well-written from a technical perspective is introspective, to the point of being overwhelming, at least for this reader. However, there is a strong flavor of hope that runs deep within the pages of this book; that God in His goodness can work all things together for good; even between sisters torn apart by tragic circumstances, and for that reason alone, "Lizzy and Jane" is a "feast".
RosieAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing!March 17, 2015RosieAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh. My. Austen!
This story is delightful and beautifully emotional. I immediately was drawn into the family conflict. Reay makes you care about her characters in a way that it sneaks up on you. It's not until it's time to set the book down that you realize how attached you have become. I didn't expect to enjoy the story as much as I did. I loved this book so much that I already dearly miss the characters.
Though I would never admit to having favorites, I dearly like Lizzy's character. Oh, I was so happy to watch her grow and change over the course of the story. She's funny and caring, but deep down she's broken. This story is her journey to healing. It's a journey of forgiveness and of familial love. Her sister, Jane grew on me as well. Jane experiences her own growth in this story, but it's different from Lizzy's.
And that's why, I think, I love this book so much. Like other books I've happened to read recently, this book is full of heart and soul. There's meaning in the pages. The characters are relatable. The story is heart-twisting. While yes, I can say there's "romance" in this story, it's far from the focus, which is so refreshing. It proves you don't need a central romance for a good story. All these things mentioned make up a wonderful book and this one is certain to remain on my shelf to be re-read. I highly recommend it.
I bought this book, my opinions are my own.
CaroleTexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A feast!!January 26, 2015CaroleTexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've read the reviews all ready shared, and I find I have nothing new to add because the territory that this is a wonderful book has been covered. I do agree with the reviewer who said there needs to be at least one recipe, and I add, more than one, included!
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Beautiful StoryJanuary 20, 2015Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lizzy & Jane is the first book that I have read by author Katherine Reay. I was pleased to discover how much I love her writing style. She has a wonderful ability to make the characters really come alive in the story. The sisters, Elizabeth and Jane, have built up a lot of resentment between each other over the years. The story of how they come together and learn how to let go of past hurts is at the center of what this book is about.
I really liked Elizabeths (Lizzys) character. She is a chef and the author did such a beautiful job of convincing me that food preparation truly meant everything to Lizzy. The thought process that Lizzy uses to put together the dishes that she creates is central in this story and so interesting to read about. When she ends up traveling across the country to spend time with her ailing sister, it is not an easy decision. These two always end up at odds with each other. Their interaction throughout the book, and the way that sometimes one or the other would just lose it and say something incredibly insensitive, seemed very realistic.
I liked Jane, too, even though she had some control issues in life. I felt sorry for all she was going through and felt that both she and Lizzy grew so much in this book. I simply loved the progression of this story. Every bit was worthwhile and added to the overall enjoyment for me.
Nick was fabulous. He certainly handled many things with grace and frequently ended up being the support that Lizzy needed. He was kind and caring, and not pushy. But even he had some issues to work on in his personal life. There were things he hadnt allowed himself to really hand over to God. All of the main characters grew so much by the end of the book. This story is also packed with wonderful side characters that will pull at your heart. These characters, such as Cecilia, added so much to the book. I enjoyed this story from the beginning to the end. Plus, it has such a cute cover!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for an honest review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Flawed characters in need of healingJanuary 18, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really liked this novel. I really liked that Lizzy and Jane are flawed characters. They are real. I liked that Lizzy has to come to understand what her food preparation means to her and to others. I liked the aspect of the novel dealing with the conditions of chemotherapy, not only for the person receiving it, but those acting in support as well. I liked the references to novels, not only those of Austen, but also Hemingway. I liked all the descriptions of food made me hungry.
This is a good novel all around. The characters are real and act like real people with issues. There are many themes dealt with in the novel. There is the family issue, Lizzy and Jane losing their mother when still young. There is the idea of supporting those going through chemotherapy and how one can be a help in the right way. The idea of food and tastes and creating food that would taste good to someone experiencing chemotherapy was very enlightening. There is a great deal of love, forgiveness and facing fears in the novel too.
There would be much to discuss after reading this novel and a discussion guide has been included for reading groups. The only thing missing in this novel is the recipe for Nick's chicken rub. I mean, how can you have a book with food such an important part and not include even one recipe?
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.