Like Water for Chocolate was a big disappointment. Though the author aspired to several different levels, she falls flat on each. There was little whimsy, no real cultural feel, and no character development. The plot was minimal. The book seemed to be a thought in the author's mind, which she never took the time to flesh out so that it could be written coherently.
The book is simply silly.
I'm not a fan of novels, but felt an urge to hear a mystery that would keep me listening. Instead I found the novel tedious. One third of the book could have easily been edited with no loss to the story.
The narration was fine; the piano music, written specifically for the book by the author, was over the top.
I wouldn't recommend the book.
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