Review: Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune
Title: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune
Author: Roselle Lim
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My Review: I really enjoyed this book! It was such a fun and delicious read! The writing was great, the book had a good flow and I loved the descriptions! The characters were well developed and easy to relate to. I loved the magical realism aspect to the book too. I wasn’t expecting that aspect but I love the idea that food has a certain magic to it and I feel like that really added to the story. The food descriptions made my mouth water and I loved that the author included recipes. Hopefully Ill be able to test a few of those out soon!
*I received this book from Berkley Books in exchange for an honest review*