BOOK REVIEW: Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
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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