I've read a few good books this year, but I think this one's been my favorite. Make sure you're reading the original book by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni....not the Hollywoodized Screenplay novel.
I found the movie two weeks ago at the library and fell in love with it. I didn't QUITE believe the "Love connection," but felt it was a small price to pay for such a good movie.
But what an AWESOME book. It reminded me of the movie/book Chocolat. And if you enjoyed that, you'll love this one. Happy Reading.
PS: Here's a "Proper" review of the book. I can never spit out what my brain is saying. Actually, I can spit it out...it just doesn't sound as good. *laugh*
by Sandra Bowens
Enter the magic world of Tilo, Mistress of Spices, at her fragrant shop in Oakland. She can see into your heart and determine just what spice is needed to fulfill your desires. But what of her own desires? She hadn't given them a thought until the Lonely American stepped through the door at closing time one Friday evening.
In The Mistress of Spices, Chitra Divakaruni weaves an enchanting tale of mystery, human nature and risk punctuated by aromatic sorcery. Some may find it difficult reading at first. The unusual sentence structure requires us to slow down. Quickly the lyrical prose becomes a delight to savor like a meal so tasty we hope it never ends.