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Lizzy & Jane
Reay, Katherine, 1970-
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[Large print ed.]
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Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2014.
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432 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"A story of two sisters, bound together by family, food, and a passion for Jane Austen"--
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LARGE PRINT FICTION Adult Large Print Christian

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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.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Starred Review. In a rich feast for the senses-both literary and culinary-Reays (Dear Mr. Knightley) sophomore novel introduces two estranged sisters who rediscover the meaning of family 15 years after their mother succumbed to cancer. Master chef Elizabeth, or Lizzy, has lost her touch at work and finds her New York restaurant slipping out of her control. Needing time off, she journeys back home-to sit in the oncology ward with her sister, Jane, who is now fighting breast cancer. The stressful circumstances force them back into a real relationship, an uncomfortable reunion in which they confront their past and contemplate their uncertain futures. Jane Austen books and delicious foods remind them of surprising and comforting truths imparted to them by mother. Janes husband and children, her fellow chemotherapy patients, and her colleague Nick play important roles in helping Lizzy find the source for the peace she desperately craves. Reay treats readers to a banquet of flavors, aromas, and textures that foodies will appreciate, and clever references to literature add nuances sure to delight bibliophiles. The relatable, very real characters, however, are what will keep readers clamoring for more from this talented author. Agency: Alive Communications. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

After her mother died, Elizabeth fled her family and her small town to become a chef in New York City. Now, with her dream job slipping away and her estranged sister Jane facing chemotherapy, Elizabeth decides to return to Seattle and to her sibling's aid. Jane's illness forces Elizabeth to examine her life choices and priorities, and through time and a great deal of effort, our protagonist rediscovers the connections that she didn't realize she missed. VERDICT Reay's second Jane Austen-inspired tale (after Dear Mr. Knightley) is a layered and nuanced story of faith and hope, enriched by complex but relatable characters. Recommended for lovers of character-driven women's fiction. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.