Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

5 Star

Sometimes the courage to face your greatest fears comes only when you've run out of ways to escape.

At the end of a long night, Elizabeth leans against the industrial oven and takes in her kingdom. Once vibrant and flawless, evenings in the kitchen now feel chaotic and exhausting. She's lost her culinary magic, and business is slowing down.

When worried investors enlist the talents of a tech-savvy celebrity chef to salvage the restaurant, Elizabeth feels the ground shift beneath her feet. Not only has she lost her touch; she's losing her dream.

And her means of escape.

When her mother died, Elizabeth fled home and the overwhelming sense of pain and loss. But fifteen years later, with no other escapes available, she now returns. Brimming with desperation and dread, Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places, by her sister’s side in Seattle as Jane undergoes chemotherapy.

As her new life takes the form of care, cookery, and classic literature,Elizabeth is forced to re-imagine her future and reevaluate her past. But can a New York City chef with a painful history settle down with the family she once abandoned . . . and make peace with the sister who once abandoned her?

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

I loved absolutely everything about Lizzy & Jane beginning with the cover. The story was just so appealing and well written. I am not a closet Jane Austen fan like some people so the fact that her writing was an inspiration for this book wasn't a selling point for me. In fact, I was worried that it might make the book a bit cumbersome to read and yet it did anything but that.

I loved the entire idea of Lizzy & Jane- from the characters, to the writing, to the way the story developed and flowed. I read this book as quickly as I could despite all my other obligations in life because it was just THAT good.

The story had a lot of elements and was not unnecessarily complex but very realistic in the way Lizzy's life was thought out. She had a lot of things going on in her life and a lot of difficult decisions to make, but who doesn't at times? The story was very touching and I think I probably identified somewhat with it because of Jane's battle with cancer which was a main focal point of the plot.

I have already looked up Katherine's other book and have it as on of my definite to reads for early this year since Lizzy & Jane was one of my favorites of last year. I will be keeping an eye open for her upcoming work. I can just hope that it arrives soon.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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