E-ARC/ 320 Pages
Fiction/ Contemporary/ Food/ Magic Realism
By: Roselle Lim
“Wishes are worth nothing because there’s so many of them. If they turned into stars, there will be no sky left.”
🌟 There is something magical about books in the magic realism genre, I mean not literally because that would be obvious but I mean in my relationship with these books. The first book I read in this genre was a big NO for me, the same for the second when I decided the genre is just not for me and I won’t be reading more books in it. I read 3 books after that because I always realize that the book I am reading is MR later in the book and the publishers don’t market the books as such!
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.
🌟 This book is about Natalie Tan’s adventure to restore her grandma’s restaurant including all the challenges, secrets and relationships that she will face. It is a book about food, but much more than that!
🌟 I liked Lim’s writing, she seems experienced and not an amateur, it didn’t feel like a debut for me and I am reading more adults books now which is a good thing because I am enjoying them more and more. The book has some recipes that I felt eager to go and try and it put me in the mood to make some food! It is not a cook book so you can just skim the preparation pages! Be ware that you shouldn’t read it while you are hungry though.
🌟 The characters were good too, I liked Natalie’s character and how she was human, she had perseverance but she also had her bad moments, all of which made her realistic and not too perfect! The romance is kind of an insta-love but it is not central to the story so I could overlook that!
🌟 The magic realism part did not add much and I think the book would have been better if it was realistic without magic, some of the magic is that the food she cooks can bring effects to those who eat it such as happiness and romance…etc. There is also another magical part but I will skip it because I am keeping this spoiler free.
🌟 Summary: the book is well written and did not feel like a debut, it was not perfect but I think it is a very good book for those of us who appreciate food, there were magical elements that where un-necessary but an enjoyable experience all in all!