I loved this book! Lizzy and Jane is one of those stories you just effortlessly slip into. I read it in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. I’m a HUGE Austen fan, and anything that ties into her books immediately piques my interest.
Having two sisters whom I am very close to, I found this story very relatable. Lizzy and Jane are sisters who have drifted apart, and live very separate lives across the country from each other. Their relationship goes through even more ups and downs when Jane is diagnosed with cancer, and Lizzy leaves her position as head chef to help take care of her. It reminded me a little bit of the movie ‘No Reservations’, with a great chef re-evaluationg her priorities because of an unexpected family situation. And for all you foodies out there, Lizzy prepares a lot of mouth-watering recipes that will inspire you to head to the kitchen and cook up a storm!
I’ve found that I tend to avoid books that contain the topic of cancer. Since my husband’s own battle a couple of years ago, it is a little raw for me to read about because the emotions are still close to the surface. Nevertheless, I felt it was covered sensitively in this book, with enough details to know what was going on, without it being too dark. This is more of a story about relationships, self-reflection, second chances and healing. I loved this quote from the book:
This was such an inspiring, feel-good book! Reay has such a way with story-telling that I laughed and cried through several chapters. I’m so very glad my co-worker suggested I read it. I love discovering new authors which become instant favorites! In addition, I would also recommend Dear Mr. Knightly as another must read.