Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune
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Publication Date June 11th, 2019
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim is a magical tale filled with healing, second chances, tons of food, lots of traditions & a dash of romance.
Years ago, Natalie Tan says goodbye to her home in San Francisco’s Chinatown. In spite of her agoraphobic mother, she leaves & travels the world. Throughout her travels, she tastes & savors different cuisines. Food is her calling & she becomes a chef.
Suddenly, her mother dies & she must return home to settle the estate. While home, she is thrust into her neighborhood with judgmental neighbors & plenty of frenemies. When news comes she may be able to sell the home, she stalls. When a friend steps in, Natalie is able to challenge her belief system. She begins to see her neighborhood & neighbors with a fresh set of eyes.
Food is Love
Food is such an integral part of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune. Armed with her Grandmother’s famous recipes, Natalie dives into the kitchen. While creating meals for her neighbors, she is able to help them heal & grow. By returning home and returning to her family recipes, Natalie is able to rediscover her self and what family means to her.
One thing I love & didn’t expect is how big of a role mental health plays in Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune. Growing up, Natalie didn’t have the necessary skills to help her agoraphobic & mentally ill mother. Roselle Lim really shines here as she brings up the stigma often associated with mental health. We see the role mental health plays within the three generations of Tan women.
I am Really Into This book! Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim is a wonderful story about family, food & healing. Roselle Lim’s writing really warms my heart. I’m writing this review about a week after finishing the book. Thinking about it now, the tale makes me smile. Read this if you’re looking for something uplifting & unique with a little bit of magic.
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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.”
She is represented by Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency.