Thursday, December 11, 2014
Lizzy and Jane
The story deals with some heavy issues including the sister relationship, losing a parent, and breast cancer. But deftly woven in are fascinating details about haute cuisine from one character who is a chef. And the smaller characters absolutely shine.
I love that one sister is single and career oriented, while the other is married with kids. They begin with a distant relationship and as the story progresses, a very realistic process occurs between them. It doesn't turn all hunky-dory right away. I love that the story takes place mostly in Seattle. I love the idea that going home is hard, but going home can also remind you who you are. And I love the idea she brings up about family needing to love AND like each other. And not getting the order mixed up. Reay even manages a romantic thread which is wholly satisfying.
The names of the sisters come from Pride and Prejudice, a favorite of the characters' mom. And there is much to offer any reader who loves Jane Austen sprinkled into the dialogue as well as internal monologue by the main character. But even if you don't love Austen, the story completely stands on its own merits. I hope you'll give this a try - there is much to love in Lizzy and Jane. And while you're at it, try Reay's first novel too. You will not be disappointed.
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