Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune
About NATALIE TAN’S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE
After her mother’s refusal to support her chosen career as a chef, Natalie Tan leaves behind the limitations of life on her small street in China Town to strike out on her own. After years abroad filled with unwavering estrangement from her mother and the tight-knit community she left behind, Natalie is shaken when she learns of her mother’s sudden death. Reeling in the throes of grief and regret, Natalie must journey back home to get her mother’s affairs in order.
Natalie is shocked to find that over the last seven years, her once vibrant neighborhood has faded, with businesses failing and families forced to move out. But during a mystical encounter with the local tea shop owner who tells Natalie her fortune, her destiny becomes clear: she must revive her family’s closed-down restaurant to save the neighborhood. As Natalie rebuilds her connections with the community, she begins to forgive those she felt wronged by over the years, as well as herself—and she may even find new love along the way.
This book surprised me in a good way. I love when a good can swept me away within the pages of the story. This is what Roselle Lim did in Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune! A five star recommended read.
Everyone was a gem in this book. Natalie shined and got brighter with the help of everyone in the neighborhood. It was as if everyone was family. I wanted to hang out with them more. Thus the sadness I felt when I finished this book.
There are plenty of recipes featured throughout this book. I will have many to try out from dumplings to soup, crab, and chicken wings. What I enjoyed the most about the recipes was the meaning they brought: happiness, hope, romance, etc.