Laura Esquivel – Like Water For Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, With Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies

120. Like Water For Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, With Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel (1989)
Length: 246 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Started: 12 December 2014
Finished: 13 December 2014
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 21 July 2012
Why do I have it? I like historical fiction and Laura Esquivel is a new author for me.

In turn-of-the-century Mexico, fifteen-year-old Josefita de la Garza – nicknamed Tita – lives on the family ranch with her mother Mama Elena, and her two older sisters – Rosaura and Gertrudis. According to family tradition, Tita – as the youngest daughter of an affluent rancher – must never marry but stay home and take care of her mother until she dies. For Tita, this family tradition is restricting and very old-fashioned – but as much as she hates it, Tita is still bound by that tradition. Instead, she turns all her pent-up desire toward cooking – expressing herself through the food that she prepares.

When Tita falls in love with her next door neighbor Pedro – and he with her – Tita’s tyrannical mother steps in and invokes family tradition, denying Pedro’s request for her youngest daughter’s hand in marriage. Instead, Mama Elena offers Pedro the hand of her daughter Rosaura and, in order to stay close to Tita, Pedro accepts her offer. And so the story spans the next twenty-two years, detailing Tita and Pedro’s unconsummated passion for each other; as well as their bittersweet and complicated romance.

I must say that I debated with myself whether or not to read this, but in the end I’m so glad that I chose to read it. Mareena had gotten the book for me as a ‘just because’ gift for July of 2012 – but having watched the 1992 movie with one of her friends a while ago – she wasn’t too sure if I would actually want to read it. So, the book languished on my TBR pile for a little over two years.

I actually enjoyed this book very much. I found that the story was whimsical and almost fairytale-like in places. It was really quite captivating to me, and I give this book an A+!

A+! – (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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