Lizzy & Jane
by Katherine Reay
Narrated by Hillary Huber
Audio released by Tantor Audio
Publication date Feb 24, 2015
Running time 11 hrs 13 min
Print/ebook by HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson
released 10/28/14 339 pages
Audiobook provided by Tantor for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
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 the talents of a tech-savvy celebrity chef to salvage the restaurant, Elizabeth feels the ground shift beneath her feet. Not only has she lost her touch, she’s losing her dream—and her means of escape.
When her mother died, Elizabeth fled home and the overwhelming sense of pain and loss. But fifteen years later, with no other escapes available, she now returns. Brimming with desperation and dread, Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places, by her sister’s side in Seattle as Jane undergoes chemotherapy.
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? Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19167656-lizzy-and-jane
If you have been a visitor much you know I don’t do religious books. If it’s historical fiction and religion was required, yeah, okay, but I am not much, or at all, for Christian Romance, or any book with a religious theme or message. I did not realize that was what this book was, or I would not have selected it, but I started to have an inkling when when sex and the eff-bomb were nowhere to be found. But “God” didn’t show up until about halfway through and by then I was invested in this poignant story about sisters.
I have sisters, both older than I am, and we grew up with a father who was often ill due to diabetes. The story hit quite a few notes in my own life. It’s about a chef who finding restaurant life in NYC becoming stale goes back to the Pacific Northwest to see her father and her sister who is starting chemo. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you have a friend or relative in chemo or radiation this is inspiring and enlightening as to potential ways to help the person specific to being able to keep food down. Having a relative hospitalized due to weight loss from radiation treatments, this past weekend, the book is pretty salient.
Hillary Huber does a great job with the narration, it’s not too “performed.” She strikes a good balance between reading and acting and has a nice voice. The production is clear and there were no extraneous noises.
I can’t even say the religion bugged me, much. It was pretty normal until the last third, except for the no steam. They kept talking about Elizabeth’s gift — so it was even a little paranormal. So, yes, shock and awe! Stephanie enjoyed a ><gasp>< Christian romance. Oh my goodness, it might signal the end of days!
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