Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel,

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Summary: Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, “Like Water For Chocolate” is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit – and recipes.

A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her. For the next twenty-two years, Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds.

My Review: So it is interesting I am writing this review today, this morning I was debating different cultures and how we view some things as wrong in America but other cultures view it as the right thing to do. In a way, this book falls into that category. How could Tita’s mother not want her youngest to find love, because that is what her family has done for generations. Simply put this is a beautiful novel, and I can honestly say I enjoyed every moment of this novel. I Listened to it on audio and I can say I am pretty sure I would have enjoyed it had I read the book the old fashioned way.

This book will immediately pull you into the world of the De La Garza Family and you will not want to leave as you will be immediately intrigued and pulling for Tita and Pedro… I mean could you imagine marrying a sibling of the person you love simply so you can be close to the person you love???? I mean to me that is impossible, but this book makes you realize how possible it could be.

I loved this story and the magic of the writing I could not put it down and I finished it one sitting. The story is beautifully written in a beautiful backdrop. You will love Tita and never stop pulling for her, even if you feel like you should not be.

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