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lizzy and jane book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Elizabeth’s illustrious cooking career is at a lull. Burnout? Stress? She is not sure, but in order to raise hype for their dying New York restaurant, Elizabeth’s business partner brings in hotshot cook, Trent Murray. Feeling a little threatened, Elizabeth escapes across the country to Seattle to visit her estranged family and try to awaken her muse once more. Once in Seattle, Elizabeth’s dad all but forces her to spend time with her sister, Jane, who is battling cancer, which brings painful memories of her mom to the surface, who died from the same cancer when Elizabeth was a teen. What was only originally meant as a weekend getaway turns into a few week ordeal, where Elizabeth is faced with dealing with the past and reevaluating her future.

Words can not express acutely what this book made me feel. Katherine Reay follows her debut release with this wonderful masterpiece of a story. It was a story of sisters reconnecting. A coming home story. A romance and a foodie book all wrapped in one. Do be aware this book may cause you to gain ten extra pounds and it will make you want to be more adventurous in the kitchen (although my family did not mind the latter).

Being close to my own sister, I loved reading about Lizzy and Jane’s own blossoming relationship. My heart broke reading their story and how Lizzy felt all but abandoned when Jane left for college leaving young Lizzy to deal with their mother’s sickness and eventual death. And it soared when they were able to talk about their differences and overcome them becoming closer than ever.

Also, the food. Oh, the food. Reading about the different concoctions Lizzy came up with, both for her sister’s family as well as those created for the patients at her sister’s hospital, really inspires creativity in the kitchen. I really felt like Reay was a gourmet chef in a different life.

Lizzy & Jane is a book I would love to get every book lover on my Christmas shopping list. Having something for everyone, Katherine Raey’s sophomore release will be sure to please.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Christen is a ravenous reader, wanna be author, Litfuse Nester, and slightly addicted to coffee. Lives in Arkansas with her husband and three mini people. Connect with her at her blog: http://ChristenKrumm.com or Twitter @ChristenKrumm.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins Christian Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.