If this were, say, a pictorial review, it would look something like this:
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.
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 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.
As her new life takes the form of care, cookery, and classic literature, Elizabeth is forced to reimagine her future and reevaluate her past. But can a New York City chef with a painful history settle down with the family she once abandoned . . . and make peace with the sister who once abandoned her?
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. I only moved from the couch once while reading, but only because I needed water (I didn’t want to pass out and I was parched). My stomach was screaming at me, but that didn’t matter. I needed to finish.
For all you foodies, get this book! Oh my goodness, the way Reay described the food was so delicious I wanted to make all the things. But that would have turned into a disaster, so I just went back to reading instead. I’ll be waiting for the release of the official Lizzie and Jane cookbook though…hint hint publishing world! :).
Not only is Reay an incredible and talented writer, quickly drawing in the readers and creating characters you absolutely adore, but this story is something everyone can relate to. It’s about family, about relationships, about life. Having an older sister who I love and adore, a story about sisters (even if their story is different from mine), hit home. Plus, having experienced major health scares with both my parents, one being my Dad getting cancer when I was a teenager (I’m thankful everyday for God’s healing in both), probably explains my waterworks while reading this book.
But even if you haven’t dealt with these specific issues and your family dynamics are very different, this story is one you need to read. We all have relationships in our life that may have brought hurt or we were the reason for hurt or any number of things. Yet, what’s beautiful is it’s never too late to seek healing and redemption.
Plus I heart Nick!
Lizzie and Jane officially releases next week, so you’ll probably want to pre-order today. For real. Like right now.
As mentioned this is one of mine, but what are some of your favorite reads of 2014?
(Thank you to NetGalley for the copy in exchange for my honest opinion)