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Lizzy & Jane
Reay, Katherine, 1970-
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Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2014]
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344 pages ; 22 cm
"A story of two sisters, bound together by family, food, and a passion for Jane Austen"--

Lizzy and Jane were named after Jane Austen's characters, but couldn't be further away in personality. When her mother died, Elizabeth fled home and the overwhelming sense of pain and loss. But fifteen years later, with no other escapes available, Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places: by her sister's side in Seattle as Jane undergoes chemotherapy. 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?
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Lizzy and Jane couldn't be further from Jane Austen's famous sisters for whom they are named.

Elizabeth left her family's home in Seattle fifteen years ago to pursue her lifelong dream--chefing her own restaurant in New York City. Jane stayed behind to raise a family. Estranged since their mother's death many years ago, the circumstances of their lives are about to bring them together once again.

Known for her absolute command of her culinary domain, Elizabeth's gifts in the kitchen have begun to elude her. And patrons and reviewers are noticing. In need of some rest and an opportunity to recover her passion for cooking, Elizabeth jumps at the excuse to rush to her sister's bedside when Jane is diagnosed with cancer. After all, Elizabeth did the same for their mother. Perhaps this time, it will make a difference.

As Elizabeth pours her renewed energy into her sister's care and into her burgeoning interest in Nick, Jane's handsome coworker, her life begins to evolve from the singular pursuit of her own dream into the beautiful world of family, food, literature, and love that was shattered when she and Jane lost their mother. Will she stay and become Lizzy to her sister's Jane--and Elizabeth to Nick's Mr. Darcy--or will she return to the life she has worked so hard to create?

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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.