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. Read more here ⇒
Title: Lizzy & Jane
Author: Katherine Reay
Genre: Fiction | Christian Fiction | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: October 28, 2014
To say I have become a fan of Katherine Reay’s books is putting it mildly. I am a longtime fan of anything Jane Austen. Although Katherine’s books are contemporary in time and place, each one carries enough “Austenesque” to make you feel at you are reading stories honed with some of the same touches Austen used in her writing. I have read all Katherine’s books now and not one has disappointed.
Was Lizzy & Jane as good as Dear Mr. Darcy? No. Mr. Darcy is uniquely formatted and styled, while Lizzie & Jane tells a contemporary story of two sisters, although close when growing up their mother’s death, the distance between them in mileage, and different lifestyles, they’ve grown as far apart as possible.
After that response, you wonder if you should you take the time to read Lizzy & Jane. Absolutely! Well-written, good character development, descriptive scenes. And the food! I forgot about the food. You’ll want to read it for the food alone. (Hint: One sister is an experienced chef.) Katherine writes about the food as if she were an artist painting a gastronomically delightful image.
The secondary characters were easy to like: Nick, Cecelia, and Peter. Each one uniquely drawn and serving as a connector in the sisters’ attempt to heal their broken relationship. And we all know that a difficult relationship is not easy to heal after years have passed.
For those who love contemporary fiction, involving mild romance, family struggles, and the broken relationship between siblings, Lizzy & Jane will be a joy for you to read. Katherine Reay has a beautiful writing style, and her love for her work shines through on each page. You can’t miss with any of her books for that matter.
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,” is a contemporary story with a dash of Jane Austen and other nineteenth century writers thrown in for the fun of it. Her second novel, Lizzy & Jane, is a story of hope, reconciliation, family and some seriously good food. And her third, “The Bronte Plot,” was released Nov. 3rd of this year.
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