Fill with Magical, Love, Passion & Delicious Food... | [INT Blog Tour] Book Review: Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

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Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: June 11th, 2019
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
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Source: The Royal Polar Bear Reads


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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Firstly, I would like to thank you to Rafael from The Royal Polar Bear Reads for hosting an International Blog Tour for Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune and I was so happy to be part of this tour. Thank you for selecting me to be part of this tour.

I think nowadays I am more like to not let myself read the synopsis of the book and I guess I like the way it is. That way it let me into the story with an open mind and heart. Now that I mentioned it, Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune is definitely full of surprises and it warms my heart throughout reading the book and I enjoy it.

Natalie Tan has been running away from home for 7 years and now she is back to her hometown after she got the news about her mother died. She was resent for not being there with her mother and letting her ego conquered her up. She regrets that but with the support she received from her Celia - her mother's close friend, her neighbor - she builds her courage to get to run the restaurant that she inherited from her grandmother.

Oh my gosh! I love this book so much that I don't even know where to begin. My mouthwatering with the mention of the food everywhere in this book. It makes me really hungry and I could not stop imagining the food. Like seriously. 

"Food comforts, heals, and is the only lover I will ever take." - Roselle Lim, Natalie Tan'sBook of Luck and Fortune.

Okay, let's get into the important part of this book. Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune is filled with the love from the community, how they look for each other, gives help, and be there when one needs them. It was really so good to see how they embrace each other in their lives and how they fought to ensure their business still open despite the difficulty they face. I love all the characters in this book. 

"No matter how much you try to direct your fate, eventually, she finds a way to do what she wants." - Roselle Lim, Natalie Tan'sBook of Luck and Fortune.

Natalie Tan, the MC of this book, though she opts for running away rather than fix the problem as a better option however with the support, words of courage from the people around her, she makes the best decision in her life to stay and restore the restaurant business. She definitely has a skill in cooking, she cooks from her heart and serve the customer to eat and the people feel happy with the food. Good food brought people together.

"You cook like your grandmother, which means you cook from your heart. Your food is so delicious because of how much you care and joy you put into it." - Roselle Lim, Natalie Tan'sBook of Luck and Fortune.

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune is filled with magical, a bit of mystical, love, warm, the twist, and delicious food. Roselle's writing is really good that it seeped into my heart that I could imagine the food that been mentioned, the warmth and love from the characters and it has been a while since I last read a book that makes me cried so much. Also, I learned something new from this book on agoraphobia that the author has explained it what has caused Natalie's mother anxiety. Other than that, a spice of romance in this book makes it even more lovable.

Overall, I was...I couldn't hide the satisfaction from the book. It was really a wonderful read. It's a slow burn read and it's really worth. Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune will live in my heart and memory for so long and I fully recommended you to read this book. 


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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Ray said…
one thing that i'll always look inside every books is the quotes. I live with that.
Agreed. This book has so many amazing quotes. It's hard to pick two or just three :')
Afifah Nabila said…
food and books, two of my favorite things together? I totally will read this book (with foods beside me so that my mouth won't water so much) haha