Lizzy & Jane
Sometimes the courage to face your greatest fears comes only when you've run out of ways to escape.
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.
When worried investors enlist th...more
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All the buzz you have heard about Katherine Reay’s Lizzie and Jane is 125% true. I want to hug this book and tell everyone to read it. Right now. Sigh…where to start…where to start? I’ll start by saying this is most definitely one of my favorite books of 2014.
Y’all. I laughed out loud, I wiped away tears quite often and then thought of certain parts and started laughing all over again. I finished this book in one sitting. ...more
Can a book about food be about more than the food?
Katherine Reay shows us that the answer is definitely YES with her novel Lizzy and Jane. This book went much deeper, especially thematically, than her debut, yet she retained that lighthearted banter I so enjoyed in Dear Mr. Knightley. The thing I most like about Ms. Reay's work is that, no matter what themes or characters or problems or whatever the books contain, she always presents a heart journey. It isn't just an emotional ...more
Disheartened by the need for another chef and being encouraged to go "home" to visit her sister battling breast cancer, Elizabeth embarks on a quest to find her zing and repair relationships with those she left behind.
Elizabeth left home soon after her mother ...more
At this point, the story seemed to invoke plot lines reminiscent of Barbara O'Neal, whose food fiction novels I greatly admire. However, when Eliz ...more
The book was a roller-coaster of emotions which took you through the ups and downs of dealing with hurt, fear, forgiveness, reconciliation of relationships and loss. The relationships between all the characters felt so real, I could picture them as people I would know. Even though the book deals with cancer and hurt, there was also a lot of fun and enjoyable sections.
I loved Lizzy. She saw more in the situations than other people, for example she ...more
I got a No Reservations vibe from the beginning of the story...but it quickly takes a very different turn when Elizabeth hops a plane to Seattle to visit the family she once fled. What starts out as the set-up for ...more
The basic similarity between the two is the affirmation of the importance of family relationships--and the incredible love of literature. Yet this one is based also on the love of food, and what our food says about our lives and vice versa. Don't read this if you're hungry, because her ...more
But can I just honestly say this is one of the most almost-tear-jerkers I've read in a while? Books rarely make me cry, and... well, this one didn't, but still. I was reading it in an airport, so I couldn't cry if I wanted to. It was a super sweet story, and touching. Katherine Reay did a wonderful job developing the characters and making me fall in love with them. They were a l ...more
This story is real. By which I mean, the characters feel real and true. No cardboard cutouts, no easy happy-ever-afters, but real people dealing with heartach ...more
Jane – Lizzy’s older sister. A mother of two, who, at the age of forty-one, is battling the very terrifying and unpredictable disease known as cancer. While Jane’s cancer isn’t aggressive and was diagnosed at an early stage it ha ...more
Anyone with siblings can tell you how tumultuous of a relationship you can have with them. There are times where you love them to death for being a shoulder to cry on or a voice of reason. Then there are the times where they think they know everything and refuse to see you as your own individual. Katherine Reay explores the complex relationship of two sisters undergoing some intense situations in both their p ...more
Was Lizzy & Jane as good as Dear Mr. Knightly? In my opinion, it was not as strong. Is Lizzy and Jane a novel to read? Absolutely!
I say Katherine Reay is brave because Lizzy and Jane is so different from Dear Mr. Knightly and why venture far from what worked the first time?
Lizzy and Jane is a novel about two sisters that were once cl ...more
The plot was barely sketched out and the dialogue so ridiculously stilted as to be almost laughable. One of the main constructs of the book was that the main character, a chef, was able to make individualized meals for people based on what books they read -- and what the characters in those books ate. Someone who loved Hemingway loved Spanis ...more
I loved how the book ended for Lizzy. I was so glad to see that she went from struggling with every area of her life and spinning her wheels, to being much happier, having a much fuller life, and living it with purpose. This wasn't a fluffy and unrealistic book, but it ...more
At the end of a long night, Elizabeth leans against the industrial oven and takes in her kingdom. Once vibrant and flawless, evenings in thekitchen now feel chaotic and exhausting. She's lost her culinary magic, andbusiness is slowing down.
When worried investors enlist the talents of a tech-savvy celebrity chef to salvage the restaurant, Elizabeth feels the ground shift beneath her feet. N ...more
The main character goes through quite a journey in this book and you just can't help but feel for her and her family for all they have/are going through. I liked all of the characters and the romance aspect. I als ...more
Uh... I loved it! It was rich with complex characters, the two main ones being sisters, and how they related to each other. I loved that the author bravely took on a subject matter in great detail (cancer) that anyone can relate to its devastation to some degree or other. And, I loved that the book ended with an ALMOST, KINDA, SORTA "happily ever after."
The things I didn't particularly care for were so much "food talk", but I admit that in my life th ...more
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Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, rehabbing runner, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. She lives outside Chicago, IL.
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