Lizzy & Jane

Lizzy & Jane

Book - 2014
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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?

Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781401689735
Characteristics: 343 pages ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Lizzy and Jane


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Apr 08, 2018

Beautifully written novel about two sisters, one going through cancer treatment, the other struggling with her reactions. Their mother died of cancer when they were young, and Elizabeth coped by losing herself in work and distancing herself in another city. Reading Jane Austen novels during treatments brings the prickly sisters together, although the novels bring back memories of their mother’s last days. The mother loved the author so much that she named her daughters after characters in Pride and Prejudice. While Elizabeth takes time off to help Jane, she also fears getting fired from her dream restaurant. A warmhearted father and a new love interest help. Elizabeth finds new satisfaction in using her cooking talents to help Jane and other cancer patients stomach their food during treatment. It was fascinating to learn that different cooking approaches might help patients gain strength during the difficult treatments. The way family grew, in fits and starts, to form a more complete whole, was very satisfying.

Jun 16, 2017

A very good book. I was disappointed in the main character's love interest, Nick, though. He seemed... I don't know. He was annoying. I kept hoping he would turn out to be a villain. But other than that, the book had me crying in quite a few spots and all in all, I didn't love it and I didn't hate it, I just enjoyed it. Well, sort of.

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