From the desk of Kimberly Denny-Ryder:
Anyone with siblings can tell you how tumultuous a relationship you can have with them. There are times where you love them to death for being a shoulder to cry on or a voice of reason. Then there are the times where they think they know everything and refuse to see you as your own individual. Katherine Reay explores the complex relationship between two sisters undergoing some intense situations in both their personal and professional lives in Lizzy and Jane.
After losing her mom to cancer, Lizzy cannot deal with the emotional burden and leaves home. She turns her anguish into relentless energy to create in the kitchen and works endlessly to become a respected chef. Eventually, Lizzy becomes the owner of a swanky New York City restaurant, Feast. After a good amount of success, she begins to lose some of her earlier skills and the restaurant begins to falter. Paul, the restaurant’s financial backer, brings another chef in to fix this, and Lizzy does what she does best—runs away. Unfortunately, she runs into another cancer diagnosis, and this time it’s her sister, Jane. Lizzy decides to finally stand her ground and deal with this new blow, and as she tends to her family she finds her abilities to create amazing foods return to her. Now, Paul attempts to woo her back to New York, but how will she react to this now that old hurts with Jane are healed? Continue reading “Lizzy and Jane: A Novel, by Katherine Reay – A Review”