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Blog Tour: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim (Book Review)

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Title: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune

Author: Roselle Lim

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Blurb:

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.

Review:

Natalie Tan was forced to go back to her hometown because of the sudden death of her mother (whom she’s not in good terms with).

The community wasn’t so keen in welcoming her back because of what happened to her mother, but she decided to stay and continue her grandmother’s legacy. She wanted to reopen her grandmother’s restaurant with the help of her grandmother’s recipes.

Natalie is the kind of person who tends to run away and have a fresh start instead of facing her problems. I loved how her journey towards believing in herself and having the confidence to be successful in pursuing her passion was shown in the book.

Aside from Natalie, the side characters’ stories were very interesting too, and I felt that they were one big unit/family in the community (which is very common for Asians).

Another aspect that I loved about this book is the food! There were recipes inside the book and the meaning behind the dish were explained just like in Kat Yeh’s The Truth About Twinkie Pie (which I also loved). You will surely crave Chinese food after you’ve read this!

There were important issues discussed in this book as well such as grief and mental illness (agoraphobia), which I felt made a perfect balance between the light and serious moments in the story.

A book about food, family, Asian culture, magic, and love. This is definitely worth the read!

Favorite Quotes:

“This was my paradox in love: to want something so badly, but to also be afraid of being tied down by it.”

“Yes, but there is always hope. Underneath all this is something beautiful. It just needs time and patience to come out.”

“Anything worth having involves some measure of pain and work. Because of this, you treasure it more.”

“Love, like life has the highest risk, but the greatest reward.”

Soundtrack: Apples & Onions by Jess Penner

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Buy Links: Goodreads || Book Depository || Amazon || Google Play || Barnes & Noble

17917712About the Author:

Website || Twitter || Instagram

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.”


Thanks to Raf @ The Royal Polar Bear Reads for hosting and for letting me join the International Blog Tour for Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim.
See details of the Blog Tour below:
BLOG TOUR
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

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