Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lizzy & Jane


GIVEAWAY

Reay, Katherine
Lizzy & Jane

Lizzy and Jane never saw eye to eye. But when illness brings them together, they discover they may be more like Austen’s famous sisters after all.

Lizzy was only a teenager when her mother died of cancer. Shortly after, Lizzy fled from her home, her family, and her cherished nickname. After working tirelessly to hone her gift of creating magic in the kitchen, Elizabeth has climbed the culinary ladder to become the head chef of her own New York restaurant, Feast. But as her magic begins to elude her, Paul, Feast’s financial backer, brings in someone to share her responsibilities and her kitchen. So Elizabeth flees again.

In a desperate attempt to reconnect with her gift, Elizabeth returns home. But her plans are derailed when she learns that her estranged sister, Jane, is battling cancer. Elizabeth surprises everyone—including herself—when she decides to stay in Seattle and work to prepare healthy, sustaining meals for Jane as she undergoes chemotherapy. She also meets Nick and his winsome son, Matt, who, like Elizabeth, are trying to heal from the wounds of the past.

As she tends to Jane's needs, Elizabeth's powers begin to return to her, along with the family she left behind so long ago. Then Paul tries to entice her back to New York, and she is faced with a hard decision: stay and become Lizzy to her sister’s Jane, or return to New York and the life she worked so hard to create?
  

My Review:

Astonishingly real and raw -- almost painful to real in places. Reay shows the complexities of a dysfunctional family as they struggle with the cancer in their midst. We live it all through Elizabeth's point of view. What an incredible journey of growth. I could feel her stretching and clawing her way through the grim reality that surrounds her. Sometimes she's brilliant and other times she falls back into protective mode and I just want to shake some sense into her. But I'm always on her side, cheering her on, praying she has the courage to emotionally heal herself and her family. A riveting read that has definitely changed me for the better.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Lizzy & Jane please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 12 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

19 comments:

  1. I read her first book and would like to read this one as well. Sounds like a winner!

    Diane
    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. She has a very unique voice and unusual plots. I enjoyed Dear Mr. Knightley as well. Good luck, Diane.

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  2. Reay is a new author to me. I am intrigued by this book and I think it would be a fascinating read. Thank you, Kav for the opportunity!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I think this is only her second book, Melanie. Good luck.

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  3. Ah. Raw and real? Being Jane in English (the meaning of the name) - I am SO in.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I did not know that, Janka...Jane. This is your kind of read for sure. Good luck.

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  4. Another book on my TBR list! I like the premise. Thanks for the review and giveaway! momrain(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Loraine. Good luck.

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  5. Would love to be entered for this! Thanks, Kav!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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  6. I like raw and gritty stories. Those that can take you on such a roller coaster of emotions are the books I live to read. Please enter me, thank you.

    freda.mans[at]gmail.com

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    1. Fasten your seatbelt for this one, Freda. Good luck!

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  7. Loved your post, Kav!!

    I haven't read any of Katherine's novels, but have read so many wonderful comments about them. I would love to read "Lizzy and Jane" - books full of dysfunctional families and healing are my fave!! Thank for the opportunity to win a copy!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. She definitely has a distinctive style. Good luck, Bonnie.

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  8. Fantastic review, Kav! I've missed both of Katherine Reay's books and need to remedy that.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  9. Thanks, Kav! Have this one on my wish list.
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  10. Great review. I am interested in this one.
    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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  11. Wonderful review. I love when a book is complex and raw. Please include me.

    KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Hello Kav. Katherine is new to me. I would love to win her book.
    Take care. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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