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

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune

Roselle Lim

Natalie finds out that she has inherited her grandmother's restaurant. The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her neighbors for the restaurant to succeed.

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Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim’s magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.  

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.


Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune is for every reader who likes a side of magic with their foodie fiction. You’ll want to move into the Chinatown neighborhood for the mouth-watering dumplings and the charming, eclectic neighbors. Exquisitely written, Roselle Lim sifts through the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, the freedom in unraveling family secrets, and the power of resilience.”—Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go
“Roselle Lim serves up a feast for the senses and the heart with this magical tale of love, loss, and redemption in San Francisco's Chinatown. Filled with luscious, mouth-watering recipes, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune explores the hidden ties of family, mental illness, and desires lost and found, through the delectably transformative power of food. I had to stop myself from running out to buy juicy roast pork, plump crispy dumplings, and sweet pea sprouts!”—Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Bride and The Night Tiger
“A truly delicious page-turner, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune is a magical feast for the mind, the heart, and the senses. With mouth-watering prose, crystallized characters, and a healthy dash of magic, Lim has created the perfect recipe for a truly delicious page-turner. I devoured this book. Sign me up for seconds!”—Samantha Verant, author of How to Make a French Family
"Vivid and lyrical with a touch of magic. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune explores culture, community, and the complex love between mothers and daughters, leaving your heart full…and your belly hungry. I absolutely loved it."—Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient
“What a treat! Reminiscent of Joanne Harris’s bestselling novel, Chocolat, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune is heaped with heart and topped with the sweetest sprinkle of magic, creating a literary and culinary feast. Infused with ancient traditions and tantalizing recipes, Roselle Lim cooks up a mouth-watering tale that’s sure to delight!”—Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times bestselling author of The Life List

Advance Galley Reviews

I really enjoyed this book. It was a light read with great recipes!

This was beautifully written and wholly magical. I loved the characters and the story, and I am excited for more from Roselle Lim.

“Light and magical to read” an excellant review by another reader. Recipes are amazing. Learned about Chinese/American way of life

This was such a lovely, magical book. Almost every page had me drooling. The descriptions of food and recipes are mouthwatering. A great story about community, food, and family. My only criticism is that I wish the romance would've been more fleshed out.

Natalie Tan returns home years after a fight with her mother sent her running away from Chinatown. Her mother's death brings her back home to the neighborhood she grew up in with her agoraphobic mom and to the restaurant her Grandma ran but her mom closed. Natalie learns that what we want is not always what is best for everyone. As I stated to read this, I kept thinking what a sweet little story about coming home and learning about community. The recipes were an added bonus. However half way into my sweet story it became so much more. After mishaps and adversity, Natalie is ready the throw in the towel and do what she does best... Run. But an old friend calls her out on it and Natalie has to decide what does she want, what does community mean to her and also learn her past in order to go forward with her future. For this story to work, you need to release your beliefs in the ordinary and let yourself believe in magic. I LOVED this about it! Those who can't do that, they may not enjoy this as much as I did. There is some romance in this. A lesser author would've let it take over but here it is just one facet of the story. I truly enjoyed this book! 4.5/5 stars

This book is as delicious as a warm comfort meal. I genuinely loved each character in this story. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for something light and magical to read.


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