Title: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune
Author: Roselle Lim
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Published: 11 June 2019
Publisher: Berkley Books
Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim’s magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.
At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.
The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around–she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.
Synopsis from: The Royal Polar Bear Reads
Love, like life, has the highest risk, but the greatest reward. If you jump and fail, the chasm below is endless, but if you fly, the sun will be yours.
I am SO happy I got to join this tour! And because, this book is on my wish list! Thank you very much Rafael for having me in this tour!
To be honest, I’ve never read anything like this before. With being a chef and cooking. Or should I say, magical cooking? This book is a realistic fiction when I first read it, but then it somehow feels like a story of a magical foods/recipes/cooking. Like, there were pixie dust every time I imagine the cooking and everyone who eats the foods. And it actually adds up to my magical imagination that after they ate the foods, something good will happen.
One more thing I like about this book is that, the author actually shared the recipes! Not everyone knows I love to try new cooking whenever I see a small recipe being shared on something. So this actually just makes me excited to see it, and to turn the pages to see more of the content. Surely, I’m gonna try some of it!
For me, the plot of the story just feel right. But…. not until it comes to the love life. In my own opinion, I feel like it’s not really important here and I feel it’s just too soon. So sudden. From the bottom of my heart, the love life here is just like snacks at midnight. You don’t necessarily need it, but you just want it, because you feel like it. I’m saying this because I’m more focused and looking forward to the cooking, the meddles and the restaurant. Not much of the love story.
And I don’t know if it’s just me or this Daniel, which is Natalie’s love interest is somewhat creepy. It’s no way a coincidence that he knows so much of what she likes?? He’s so sketchy…..
However, I adoreee the writing! I never get bored on how the author describes every details of something, especially the foods and the cooking. Yes, especially that. So in conclusion, I’m giving it a 4.5 star!! And I definitely recommend this to any of you who think of picking up this book because well, YOU SHOULD!!
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And thank you again to Rafael for hosting this blog tour!!
Rafael of The Royal Polar Bear Reads
Aleks of Mind of Luxe
Jessica of Endless Chapters
Pragati of The Inked In Book Blog
Myrth of Tales Past Midnight
Erica of Living a Hundred Lives
Gerald of Gerald The Bookworm
Shaine of Wanderer in Neverland
Kat of Reading After Ten
Shaa of Moonlight Pages
Beatrice of Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic
Kat H of Novels & Waffles
Jen of Jen D Bibliophile
Rain of bookdragonism
Princess of Princess and Pages
Samantha of We Live and Breathe Books
Fatina of The Infinity Words
Naadhira of Legendbooksdary
Cherry of Tale Out Loud
And thank you to Roselle Lim for writing such wonderful book!! About Roselle Lim:
Roselle Lim was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada as a child. She lived in north Scarborough in a diverse, Asian neighbourhood.
She found her love of writing by listening to her lola (paternal grandmother’s) stories about Filipino folktales. Growing up in a household where Chinese superstition mingled with Filipino Catholicism, she devoured books about mythology, which shaped the fantasies in her novels.
An artist by nature, she considers writing as “painting with words.”