Lizzy and Jane Review

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
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Lizzy & Jane are sisters who live on opposite sides of the country. Lizzy is a single, self-sufficient chef at a trendy restaurant in New York city, while her older sister, by eight years, is a social media consultant with her own small business and mother battling breast cancer in Seattle. Lizzy took care of her mother, who died of cancer, when Lizzy was 18. Jane, who left home at 18, eight years earlier, was living on the other side of the world while their mother was dying.

Lizzy holds a grudge against Jane for never returning home during their mother’s illness, yet she does take a break from her restaurant for a short visit to see her father and temporarily take care of her sister, who has the same type of cancer that their mother had. The story unfolds as Lizzy and Jane, who were in fact named after the famous Jane Austen characters, learn more about themselves, each other, and family.

I was so excited to do a Lizzy and Jane review because I am a huge Jane Austen fan. I have only recently started reading books that are inspired by her work. My first experience was bad, but I really enjoyed this novel! At first, I kept looking for parallels between Pride & Prejudice, due to the name of the novel. In fact, there was a character that I kept hoping would not turn out to be a Mr. Wickham. The characters’ personalities did draw some inspiration from the original Lizzy and Jane, but overall, these character are their own people, so to speak. I became emotionally invested in the characters. By the end of the novel, I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up late into the night to finish it.

The most interesting aspect of the novel, for me, was the connections between emotions, relationships, and food. Since Lizzy is a chef, the author draws upon many, many food references from Austen’s novel, as well as other well known works. I think I learned a lot about cooking and creating flavors through this novel, which was an unexpected surprise! At first, the Austen references felt a little heavy handed, but I definitely preferred the references to other novels that try to mimic Austen novels.

I highly, highly recommend this book to all Jane Austen fans.

I loved this book so much that I can’t wait to go back and read Reay’s first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley.

Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for providing me with a complimentary copy of Lizzy & Jane to review.

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  • Added you on Goodreads! I’m always excited to see how others keep track of what they are reading

    • Awesome! I love snooping on people’s reading and their thoughts/ratings. Sometimes I find a great book or wish that I’d listened to someone else’s bad review!

  • Shirley Wood

    Sounds like an interesting book to me. My daughters are 8 years apart and the oldest left home at 18! They are very close but live several hours away from each other. I don’t have a sister and have always been intrigued by the sister relationship.Pinning to my Booking It board.

    • The parallel between the book and your life would make it interesting! That’s nice that your daughters are close, though. This one is about repairing the distance, I would say. I only have a little brother (who is larger than me), so sister relationships are interesting to me, too! Which is probably why I always liked Pride & Prejudice.

  • Logan Cantrell

    P&P is my favorite book! I haven’t heard of this one but will definitely add it to my list!

    • I love that it incorporates Austen’s novels without ripping off her plots! There were a few teary moments that tugged at my heart, which can be good!

  • i am so glad you liked this! i did enjoy dear mr knightley, though it wasn’t like 5 stars. i hope i enjoy this one more!

    • This was SO different from what I normally read, which is why I probably liked it so much. Like the Georgette Heyer books, I should probably space her books out 🙂
      You’ll at least enjoy it, even if it isn’t a 5 start for you.

  • MJ

    I am adding this to my reading list. The story sounds interesting and definitely work a look.

    • You should! It’s a nice one to read. Especially, if you are looking for something lighter. I would put it on a “beach reads,” type list.

  • MOMentous Mom; Perfectionist

    I love Jane Austin I will be adding this to my reading list. It is always a great bonus when you learn about a side point in the book, like the cooking in this one!

    • It was really cool. And I liked the fact that it incorporated Jane Austen, P&P, even Persuasion and Emma, without copying any Austen plots!

  • I admit every once and a while I go through your Goodreads lists to find my next books to add. You’ve just read so many!

    • I have a secret. I haven’t finished a book in almost a week now. And I’ve received a few to review. Some have expiration dates, too! It is hard to balance reading, writing reviews, writing regular posts, and promoting my blog. Something has to go. Hahaha. Maybe a no laptop/cell/ipad during certain hours?

      • That’s a great idea. Much better than what I usually do which is sleep or clean less.

  • oh I have this one on my to read list but couldn’t find it at the library, where I get most of my books. I’m glad to hear you liked it. Maybe it will go on the birthday list instead!

    • If you read a lot, you should sign up for a book review service! There are a few good ones (and some that are worthless). I got this for free through one of the services–they serve as an intermediary between publishers and bloggers. I used to never write about books, but most of them still accepted my applications. NetGalley is my favorite, but this one came from BookLook bloggers.

  • Ricci

    I saw this book the other day and thought it looked like it might be good, now I have to read it!! Thanks for the review!

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