So I Write

A blog all about books, writing, baking, and life as a woman in her twenties

Happy July! I know this is a little later than I typically like to share about my featured releases for the next month, but the past few weeks have been super crazy. However, I do still want to talk about all of these fantastic novels! I have already read the first novel—Midnight on the River Grey—because I had the chance to be an influencer for it, and it was phenomenal. I highly recommend it, and will be reviewing it later this week, so keep an eye out for that! Other than that, check out all of these other books too, I’m sure they’re going to be great!

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The Toughest Puzzle She’ll Have to Solve
May Be the Wishes of Her Own Heart

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network–field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack German telegrams for hints of the enemy’s plans. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, she discovers for the first time in her life that numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the quick and brainy Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to team up to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

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Happy Thursday! I know I have not been as consistent as I should at sharing things here on the blog but I am trying to remedy that! Wedding planning and starting a new job have taken me on a bit of a wild ride the past month, but things should be slowing down now. Hopefully that also means I will get to do more reading in the near future! I remember the days when I would average about 3 books a week, but this past month I only read 2 books in the whole month! However, they were 2 quality books, so I am happy to share about them with you!

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Happy almost June! I hope you are having a fantastic end to your May, and that you have bright things coming up on the horizon. My life has been full of changes lately, all good ones fortunately but it has still been a lot of new adjustments, so I am glad to be able to write one of my favorite regular posts. I love sharing about new books that will be releasing, and this month is no exception. These June releases are fantastic, and I am SO looking forward to reading them! I am also very confident that you will find something that piques your interest, and that you will find something you want to read too. So take a look at these gems!

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Hello! On my old blog, Spreading His Grace, I had been known to post tons of book reviews, all sharing my thoughts about what I had been reading and whether or not I recommended them for my readers to check out for themselves. Now that I have moved over to So I Write and have been thinking about new ways of doing things, I have decided to just share smaller reviews of everything I have read over the course of a month all in one post, that way I’m not posting anywhere from three to seven reviews every month and this blog does not get filled with book reviews and nothing else.

So, here is my first go at that! I only read three books over the course of April, as it was a fairly busy month for me, but I was fortunate enough to really enjoy every book that I did read. Here are some of my thoughts on what I found between the pages of all three stories, and my recommendation for all of them because each one was fantastic. I hope you like this new way of doing things, and that you are able to find some new books to read as I share what I’ve been reading every month!

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Hello! I know I have been very absent lately, and I really apologize for that. The past few weeks have been really crazy with final exams and projects, and I have been so focused on them that I honestly have not even had time to think about blogging. However, I am finally done now!! I actually graduate two days from now, and I could not be more excited. So, now I will actually be able to focus on blogging and writing and everything else I love to do, starting with sharing about my featured releases for the month of May!

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Lizzy and Jane couldn’t be further from Jane Austen’s famous sisters for whom they are named.

Elizabeth left her family’s home in Seattle fifteen years ago to pursue her lifelong dream—chefing her own restaurant in New York City. Jane stayed behind to raise a family. Estranged since their mother’s death many years ago, the circumstances of their lives are about to bring them together once again.

Known for her absolute command of her culinary domain, Elizabeth’s gifts in the kitchen have begun to elude her. And patrons and reviewers are noticing. In need of some rest and an opportunity to recover her passion for cooking, Elizabeth jumps at the excuse to rush to her sister’s bedside when Jane is diagnosed with cancer. After all, Elizabeth did the same for their mother. Perhaps this time, it will make a difference.

As Elizabeth pours her renewed energy into her burgeoning interest in Nick, Jane’s handsome coworker, her life begins to evolve from the singular pursuit of her own dream into the beautiful world of family, food, literature, and love that was shattered when she and Jane lost their mother. Will she stay and become Lizzy to her sister’s Jane—and Elizabeth to Nick’s Mr. Darcy—or will she return to the life she has worked so hard to create?

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay

Elizabeth (Lizzy) has spent her entire adult life running from her family and the pain of her past, instead focusing on her gift—her love—of working wonders in the kitchen. But when she loses her “zing,” she takes a vacation to visit her family, and everything changes. While she and her sister Jane have never gotten along, Elizabeth finds herself caring for Jane as she goes through chemotherapy, and this forces Elizabeth to take stock of her life. As she spends time cooking for Jane, and in their “dystopian library,” she can’t help but wonder if what she’s been chasing after hasn’t been what she truly wants all along.

I have found myself completely broken and very challenged at the hands of this novel. Lizzy and Jane will make you reevaluate your life, bring tears to your eyes, and wreck your heart, in the best way possible. I am now completely inspired to change the way I look at life, the way I live my own—and to one day be able to write something even half as meaningful.

As I went through this journey with Lizzy, I couldn’t help but reevaluate my life right along with her. Not only that but watching her help Jane fight through her battle with cancer gave me a whole new perception of what that is like. The raw, real emotion that is felt and experienced over the course of this book was so touching, so understandable, such a true picture of what familial struggles and the fight against cancer are like; I think Katherine captured that perfectly. There wasn’t a “everything will work out,” “happily ever after” sheen on this novel, and that authenticity is just one of the aspects of this novel that made it my favorite of Katherine’s I’ve ever read.

If you’ve ever had a sister, known someone who’s fought cancer, or ever loved food and/or cooking—or Jane Austen—Lizzy and Jane is the perfect read for you.

Rating: 5 bookshelves

Recommend? YES!

All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Katherine Reay and Thomas Nelson Publishing.