Lizzy & Jane

Lizzy & Jane

Large Print - 2014 | Large print edition
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"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?"--Back cover.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781628993677
Branch Call Number: REAY
Characteristics: 432 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Alternative Title: Lizzy and Jane


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Apr 08, 2018

Beautifully written novel about two sisters, one going through cancer treatment, the other struggling with her reactions. Their mother died of cancer when they were young, and Elizabeth coped by losing herself in work and distancing herself in another city. Reading Jane Austen novels during treatments brings the prickly sisters together, although the novels bring back memories of their mother’s last days. The mother loved the author so much that she named her daughters after characters in Pride and Prejudice. While Elizabeth takes time off to help Jane, she also fears getting fired from her dream restaurant. A warmhearted father and a new love interest help. Elizabeth finds new satisfaction in using her cooking talents to help Jane and other cancer patients stomach their food during treatment. It was fascinating to learn that different cooking approaches might help patients gain strength during the difficult treatments. The way family grew, in fits and starts, to form a more complete whole, was very satisfying.

Jun 16, 2017

A very good book. I was disappointed in the main character's love interest, Nick, though. He seemed... I don't know. He was annoying. I kept hoping he would turn out to be a villain. But other than that, the book had me crying in quite a few spots and all in all, I didn't love it and I didn't hate it, I just enjoyed it. Well, sort of.

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