Book review and Kindle sale! – “Lizzy & Jane,” by Katherine Reay

December 16, 2014

I recently had the chance to read Lizzy & Jane, by Katherine Reay. This fiction book was released on October 28, 2014 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from

Lizzy and Jane never saw eye to eye. But when illness brings them together, they discover they may be more like Austen’s famous sisters after all.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.

As she tends to Jane’s needs, Elizabeth’s powers begin to return to her, along with the family she left behind so long ago. Then Paul tries to entice her back to New York, and she is faced with a hard decision: stay and become Lizzy to her sister’s Jane, or return to New York and the life she worked so hard to create?

My Verdict:

I reviewed Reay’s first book, Dear Mr. Knightley, last fall, and it is still at the top of my list of favorite books. I was a little nervous to read Lizzy & Jane, as I worried that it wouldn’t live up to the high standards set by Reay’ first book. I shouldn’t have worried: I loved this book, too. It’s different in focus from Dear Mr. Knightley, but still has the same tendency to reference great literary works, especially those of Jane Austen. The love story is adorable, and the relationship between the sisters, named Lizzy & Jane after Austen’s famous sister duo in Pride & Prejudice, is very real. My only concern was that some of the pop culture references were very recent, and I can only hope that they stay as relevant as years pass, instead of making this book feel dated. Also, since the main character is a chef, there’s a “foodie” element to the book that didn’t resonate with me, as I am pretty much the opposite of a chef, however, for readers who enjoy the culinary arts, that angle will probably prove very enjoyable! Regardless, this book is beautifully written and I highly recommend it as an enjoyable read during the Christmas break.

If you’d like to check out Lizzy & Jane, it is currently on sale for $2.99 for the Kindle version, and at that price, you really need to get it! If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $12.70. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you). I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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