"A smashing debut that will leave readers hungry for more!"
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel
Posted June 6, 2019
Women's Fiction Contemporary | Literature and Fiction
Natalie Tan's mother died, leaving her alone in the world. As she rushes
back to lay her mother to rest and deal with the aftermath, Natalie
realizes that she missed home. After fighting with her mother in
regards to her future as a chef, she abruptly left home and hadn't
returned. After working several jobs to save up money, she failed her
first year of culinary school. Since then, she's been traveling wherever
the wind takes her, learning about food in the process.
Now that she's home, she's not sure what to do. She's surprised to
learn that her grandmother operated a restaurant downstairs in their
building. The building now belongs to Natalie. Her mother's given
Natalie her blessing to reopen the restaurant. When she discovers a
recipe book from her grandmother, she believes its fate.
Owning her own place has been Natalie's dream, but the neighborhood
has changed. People no longer flock to the area. Natalie's afraid of
NATALIE TAN'S BOOK OF LUCK AND
FORTUNE will make your mouth water while you read this second
chance story. The neighborhood comes alive with the descriptions of
the sights and sounds on the streets. Getting to know the neighbors
will make the reader want to move to the street. The recipes in her
grandmother's book cook amazing food, but they're also created to
help ease the eater's troubles. Natalie works hard to spread joy and
color back into the neighborhood as she learns to let go of the past,
and forgive herself and her mother for their lost years. Natalie begins to
understand that family comes in different forms.
A smashing debut that will leave readers hungry for more.
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.
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