I loved Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni books. Read a few and enjoyed them tremendously. This was not only a disappointment but for me it took the fantasy too far! I did not seem to understand the story very well I think - it was very descriptive and I learned things about spices which I did not know about, but overall disappointing.
One of the few books where I watched the movie before I read the book. The movie was very disappointing as well so maybe I carried that perception to the story.