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?
Published October 28th 2014
Current GoodReads Rating: 3.81 stars
Cancer is a sore subject for me so it hit a soft spot with me in a bad time. Also I didn't particularly enjoy the references to several other novels with references to characters, tones, and plots. I've started getting into books in the past two years but I started with contemporary so all those classic references where as if they were speaking a different language through a lot of the book, then to have to plot of this book trying to go almost parallel with a classic lost me completely. There was also a heavy influence of cooking which I couldn't relate to with references to the smells and tastes of spices and methods of cooking.
The underlying plot was a positive, inspiring one but it seemed to be lacking a sense of depth for me although that might have been all my missing references that never clicked for me. I felt like there could have been more depth added to the other cancer patients, especially the one pair that was having meals cooked for them. They never confronted the issue of someone reporting Lizzy for cooking in a private kitchen.
I gave this book three stars. As for boyfriend material, I don't think the author put enough focus on the the love interest to get a good rating on him. Even Jane's husband I was a little nervous about his faithfulness which would have pissed me off. The main relationship in this story is between the two sisters and so for that relationship I'd as well maybe rate that with three stars because they didn't have a very absorbing relationship that you were rooting for and even at the end when they were just starting to figure each other out which was just a hint at the beginning of a friendship forming. Throughout the book was not a relationship I'd want to even try and relate to and by the end they were finally going in the right direction, but still not exactly in the best of standings.