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Lizzy & Jane
By Katherine Reay / Thomas Nelson
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.
In only her second book Katherine Reay has once again jumped to a favorite author. Her first book Dear Mr. Knightly really drew me in but not like this one. Her writing is even better in her second novel. The story really pulled me in as I have sisters and I can understand how you can be close and also how you can be estranged.
I love watching as Lizzy goes home to help her sister Jane who is fighting cancer. How her once distant relationship finds healing and restoration. Of course, its not an easy journey from having been away from home for 15 years, but through the ups and downs Lizzy finds what she has been looking for all along. A place she belongs and a fire that pushes her in her love for cooking.
I won’t spoil it for you but I will tell you that if you are foodie or a Jane Austen fan you will absolutely love this book.
I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction but in the case of this author I will definitely pick up her books. I’m looking forward to more from Katherine Reay.
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