Prepare yourself for a purely sensual treat. Warm and fiery, peppered with just enough surprises, this rich and tantalizing novel casts a mesmerizing spell over its readers.


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The Mistress of Spices

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Prepare yourself for a purely sensual treat. This is the most delicious bit of writing I have come across in a long time. Warm and fiery, peppered with just enough surprises, THE MISTRESS OF SPICES captured my attention on the first page and left me begging for more. It reminds me of some of my favorite books written by Latin American authors - it has that same feeling of magical realism. The story is of a young Indian woman who as a child reveals special magical powers. These powers, while first revered by others, become feared, and eventually lead to the destruction of her village. Ultimately the girl finds herself on a small, unknown island apprenticed to the Old One - an immortal who trains girls to become mistresses of spices.

A magical rite of fire transforms the young girl into Tilo - an immortal posing as an old woman who runs a spice store in the middle of Oakland. People think they come to Tilo for her spices but they really come for the magic and wisdom she has to offer. Tilo's job is to stay detached and offer her help wherever she can. When a rich American wanders into her store, she loses sight of her charged duties and finds herself falling head over heels in love with her intriguing American. Rich and tantalizing, THE MISTRESS OF SPICES casts a mesmerizing spell over readers. This is one novel you will hate to put down, unless, of course, you put it down simply to savor the pure lusciousness of the writing!

(Ages: Adult)

eBook price $11.99

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