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Lizzy & Jane

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Lizzy and Jane couldn’t be further from Jane Austen’s famous sisters for whom they are named.

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?

Contributor(s) Katherine Reay
About the Contributor(s) Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a lifelong affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her online at; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @Katherine_Reay.

ISBN-10 1401689736
ISBN-13 9781401689735
Release Date Oct 28, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.7000
Height 8.50
Width 5.63
Length 352
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Fitzysmom
Overall Rating
There is a line that appears several times in this book that resonates and sums up the entire story.

"The love needs to be stronger than the like. We're family."

Lizzy and Jane are sisters. But unlike the famous Austen sisters whom they are named for, they don't get along. In fact they really don't like each other that much. It wasn't always that way. But with their mother's unsuccessful battle with cancer their family began to splinter until there wasn't anything left to draw them together.

Lizzy has made a life in New York City where she is a successful chef, until recently that is. Her world that used to be filled with magic is crumbling around her. It seems that everything she sets her hands to do turns sour. The joy she used to derive from cooking has become elusive.

Jane is happily married and raising two beautiful kids on the west coast. Her life seems to be happily sailing along when she suddenly gets the diagnosis of cancer. She's determined to fight it and win but she continues to find herself back in that dark place of doubt that she lived in when her mother was dying.

This isn't an overly religious book, but I tended to look at it from a spiritual perspective. This is the story of a fractured family. There's no scandal. There's no horrific rift between the members. There's just an underlying resentment that has been allowed to grow and fester. The irony is that the very thing that drove them apart will now play a large part in their healing. Isn't that just the way God works so many times? He takes our weaknesses and refines them and then uses them to strengthen us. Glory!

If you have a sister this book will speak to you. There's something so deep about that relationship. Your past will always be linked no matter where you go in life. Something about that relationship has the power to wound like no other, but it also has the power to heal. Many times during the reading of this book I felt as if I were looking in a mirror. Many times I've experienced that feeling of loving my sister, but not particularly liking her. Lizzy & Jane is a beautiful story of reflection, repentance and restoration.

Lest you think that this book is all serious and riddled with angst . . . never fear! Just when I thought that I would break out into a weeping fit Katherine Reay would make a hilarious referral to Cold Comfort Farm. Absolutely priceless! (You'll have to look that reference up on your own!) I completely enjoyed her first book, Dear Mr. Knightley but this second book of hers is every bit as good if not better. I can't wait to read her next offering.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 1/20/2015)

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