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Lizzy & Jane

Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)
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This Story Is Sweet

Publisher's Summary

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 15 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.

©2014 Katherine Reay (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"In a rich feast for the senses - both literary and culinary." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Enjoyable; Uplifting

Narration was weak point, but still enjoyed the story. Narrator needed more distinction between characters and emotion in her voice.

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Very good but a bit too preachy

As a second chances (Austen) story, well done. A bit too preachy, certainly more so than I found Austen. I was more impressed with Ms. Reay's first book. That said, it is well enough crafted (world building, sentences, character development) that I will move to her Bronte story soon.

I don't know if I've listened to Ms. Huber before or not; I liked her voicing here.

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Definitely a niche book...for lovers of the Classics, especially Jane Austen, & for those who enjoy food on a whole different ..

I enjoyed the Audible version very much. I could listen while I did other things. Without giving anything away, I found the ending a bit abrupt, but overall an interesting book about family relationships - difficult ones between real people who weren’t always nice, plus a light romance.

Included a discussion of whether love is more important than LIKE.

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Touching story sprinkled with a bit of Austen

The title and cover of this book got me. I went into this story expecting a light romance, as most Austen inspired stories tend to be, but instead received an original heartwarming story revolving around family and so much more. It was all topped off with a few sprinkles of Austen, Hemingway and food.🍋💖

I'm in love - in love with this story, author and narrator. This is my first experience with them and will definitely be seeking out more from them.

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Not a romance!

Because this book was available in the romance package, I mistakenly believed it was a romance. If it is supposed to be, then I give it three stars or less. As women’s fiction however, it’s great. The emphasis is definitely on Elizabeth and her family – especially her journey with her sister.

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If you don't know cancer...

This was a wonderful laugh/cry/sigh/eye-popper of a book. LIZZY & JANE discloses the inner sanctum of the cancer victim and her family at home and treatment. If you haven't experienced cancer with a close personal friend or family member you will understand more of their world after listening to Reay's depiction of these two sisters. This should be a classic read for high schoolers in years to come.

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Cardboard Christian Fiction

What disappointed you about Lizzy & Jane?

I didn't realize this was a Christian novel when I bought it, but about a quarter of the way through I started to question why all the characters were 1 dimensional and laughably unrealistic. Too-good-to-be-true guys that are satisfied with single chaste kisses & mesmerized by boring women who lack wit or any extraordinary qualities? C'mon. The food descriptions, which other reviewers said were scrumptious, are terrible! The author achieves essentially reads off a menu—no insights, just lists of ingredients. Even the sisters' relationship is dull and unrealistic. This never should have made it off the slush pile. Verb usage tumbles into the dumpster with lame, neophyte writing as "quirk a smile" and "pick at my cuticles." Yuck.

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Wonderful

I love stories about family relationships and this one rang true. Adding the cooking as a background was a real treat. To top it off it had beautiful morals and faith in God's love.

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