Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
Thomas Nelson, October 2014
Elizabeth’s life is wrapped up in food, but that is about to change. The life she left behind 15 years ago has come back to invade her comfortable life- her sister has cancer. With a restaurant she loves but is losing passion for, Elizabeth decides to go home. As she learns how to be a sister to Jane, will her passion for food and life return? And, more importantly, will Lizzy and Jane ever learn how to connect with each other despite their differences?
I love that Katherine writes about difficult topics. Cancer is a real struggle, a burden for many. We are all touched by cancer, whether it is a close family member or a friend, which makes this book all the more powerful and poignant.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention Nick, the love interest in Lizzy and Jane. I enjoyed his character, especially his unwavering, steadfast presence in Lizzy’s life as she tries to navigate all the uncertainty she experiences. While the focus is on the sisters, Nick is the character who balances the heaviness of the story with the excitement of a fragile and sometimes uncertain love.
Do you see food as a way to be relational with your friends and family? Do you have a sibling who you deeply love yet have a difficult time understanding? Do you know someone who is dealing with cancer?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I urge you to read this book. It is full of heart and will take you on a deeply emotional journey.
I received an ARC copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review. This is my honest opinion.