Blog Tour: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim




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!!


Want to buy this book?

Book Depository | Amazon | Google Play | Barnes & Noble


And thank you again to Rafael for hosting this blog tour!! 

Tour Schedule

June 17

Rafael of The Royal Polar Bear Reads

Aleks of Mind of Luxe

Jessica of Endless Chapters

Pragati of The Inked In Book Blog

June 18

Myrth of Tales Past Midnight

Erica of Living a Hundred Lives

Gerald of Gerald The Bookworm

June 19

Shaine of Wanderer in Neverland

Kat of Reading After Ten

Shaa of Moonlight Pages

June 20

Beatrice of Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

Kat H of Novels & Waffles

Jen of Jen D Bibliophile

June 21

Rain of bookdragonism

Princess of Princess and Pages

Samantha of We Live and Breathe Books

June 22

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.”



6 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

  1. aahhh i loved this book and i was a bit confused by all the magical realism at first, because i thought the book’s 100% realistic fiction. i saw someone on goodreads say they didn’t like how a huge chunk of the book is made up of recipes, but i loved it – it made the food so much easier to visualize in my mind and i liked that little personal note at the end of every one. great review, shaa!


  2. So, I haven’t finished this yet BUT I’ve loved what I’ve read so far.
    Magical realism combined with cooking is like the most wonderful thing I never knew I needed!
    I’ve also been working my way through the recipes and definitely have a few written down to try later.
    I have to agree with you on the love interest though. I just wasn’t into it and Daniel felt too polished to be real.
    I’d also like to say that Celia is an absolute delight!
    Loved your review and I can’t wait to finish the book!

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    1. I’m so glad you loved it so far! And oh my god! How could I forget??? Celia is also my favorite character!! 💖
      Thank you so much, Shon! I hope you’ll love it 😍

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