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

Another gorgeous cover that just invites the reader to dive in. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune was a sweet and charming debut novel.


Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

by Roselle Lim

(STANDALONE)

Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 11th 2019


Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune – Roselle Lim


Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune – Roselle Lim

CORINA’S REVIEW

 

With each new debut author from this publisher comes an even more gorgeous cover that just invites the reader to pick it up.

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune was a sweet and charming debut novel.

It was light on romance, which doesn’t make this a traditional romance novel, but also just confirms that illustrated covers can be a bit misleading. Also the romance is built on insta love which was surprising to me – I never would have expected it in this novel. But it makes sense since the romance isn’t really the focus of this story. Instead the author highlights Natalie’s friendships and encounters with her neighborhood and customers.

And the way food was presented in this novel was a delight – I was constantly craving Chinese food. And I really enjoyed the aspect of magical realism, that came into play anytime Natalie cooked one of her mother’s recipes.

The vibrant and poetically way the author wrote this book would relate wonderfully into a movie. The food, the descriptions, the neighborhood – a feast for the eyes.

Overall I wanted to love it more, but the writing didn’t 100% click with me, and the low dosage of romance factored into my overall feel for the book.

 

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.


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Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune – Roselle Lim

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Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune - Roselle LimAt 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.

 


MEET THE AUTHOR

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.”

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Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune – Roselle Lim

About corina

I’m a blogger, photographer, and unapologetic book addict. I love strong female characters, major jerks, and Happily Ever Afters.

2 thoughts on “Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

    1. It’s popular, so I can see you really enjoying it. And for a debut novel it was very well done. Happy reading!

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