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

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

Published June 11, 2019 – Berkley

Book provided by the publisher and NetGalley

Description: 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. (publisher)

My take:  When Natalie Tan’s estranged mother dies Natalie returns to the home she left seven years ago. Home is a Chinatown neighborhood in San Francisco and the people who knew her before her departure are not exactly pleased to see her. She must make amends and hope that they will warm to her once again. She also hopes to find answers to life-long questions concerning her family. She will meet new people, renew old acquaintances and, along the way, create possibilities where there once were none. This is a magical story filled with yummy recipes and charming characters – and left me smiling as I turned the last page.


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

  1. Hi Mary,

    I have to admit that I am not much of an adventurous cook or baker, but I do enjoy the odd novel which includes recipes, as I do like checking out yummy recipes and of course, eating!

    I was surprised at how many pages this one has, as many of the novels which include recipes, I have found are generally more like short story or novella length. Mind you, this does have quite a compelling premise.

    Janel Gradowski writes some great stories in this genre, and I see that like myself, you have read and enjoyed some of them.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂



  2. No hasn’t been on my radar but … reading about it has made me think I’d enjoy it, because sounds like ultimately it is an uplifting book.


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