Saturday, November 8, 2014
Lizzy and Jane
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?
My thoughts: Katherine Reay has solidified her position as one of my favorite authors with this story! I may have liked Dear Mr. Knightley best, but this one is still an amazing story of two sisters working through their old hurts and building a future. I could relate to Lizzy, as she struggles with re-discovering her passion. I love the concepts she pulls into her cooking!
The characters in this novel are flawed and very real as they struggle with their emotions. I think their struggles make me love them all the more.:) I also like the journey that this story takes readers on. This is definitely one of the best books I have read this year!