The House on Mulberry Street
by Jeannie Chin
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Pub Date 07 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2023
In this charming small-town romance, two best friends sharing a kiss might have made the worst mistake of their lives—or found the best thing that's ever happened to them.
Between helping at her family’s inn and teaching painting, Elizabeth Wu has put her dream of being an artist on the back burner. But her plan to launch an arts festival will boost the local Blue Cedar Falls arts scene and give her a showcase for her own work. If only she can get the town council on board. At least she can rely on her dependable best friend Graham to support her. Except lately, he hasn’t been acting like his old self, and she has no idea why.
Graham Lewis has been secretly in love with Elizabeth forever, but it’s past time that he faces the cold, hard truth: vivacious, amazing Elizabeth will never see him as anything but a platonic pal. He’s going to help her get the festival off the ground, but after that he needs to forget his one-sided crush. Until one impulsive kiss changes everything. Can they really rebuild their entire relationship—and the festival—from the ground up? Or will it all come crashing down?
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Average rating from 77 members
The conclusion to the Blue Cedar Falls series is a powerful story of accepting oneself and learning that putting yourself first might change over time but will bring you what you need. In this love story between two long time friends, the pining feels real, the change in the relationship is deftly handled and the characters are precious humans that the author makes you care for deeply.
I love this series and this was the perfect conclusion to it, with glimpses into the rest of the family and the continuing presence of the family relationships that are sometimes not easy but are always worth it.
Elizabeth Wu is perfectly happy with her life how it is and doesn’t see a need for things to change until her roommate and best friend Graham announces that he has bought a house and will be moving there in a few months. Graham has been in love with Elizabeth for years and finally decides that he cannot keep going ignoring his feelings. A kiss between the two changes everything and Elizabeth realizes that she also has feelings for Graham that goes beyond friendship.
I have been waiting for this book since it started to be teased in the earlier Blue Cedar Falls books. I am a huge sucker for books where the guy is head over heels in love with the girl and she is absolutely clueless and this one was absolute perfection. I loved both Graham and Elizabeth. Both were complex and well rounded characters. I found both of their familiar backgrounds to be interesting and their motivations were compelling. I absolutely love Jeannie’s writing style because it is just so easy to read and deeply romantic. I loved seeing the characters from the earlier books again and will be very sad if this is the last book set in the town.
Thank you to NetGalley and Forever for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I have been waiting to read Elizabeth’s story for a while, and it did not disappoint. Elizabeth Wu is the youngest sister, and a self-proclaimed misfit of her family. She is known for being flaky, late, and irresponsible. In this book Elizabeth is frustrated with her lack of progress with her artwork, so she decides she is going to take after her sisters and try to start a sidewalk art festival. Her best friend and roommate Graham, Mr. Dependable, is there to help her every step of the way. But Graham has decided he needs to move out since he has been secretly in love with Elizabeth for years and after he helps with the festival he needs to move on. This book was filled with the best kind of will they won’t they tension. I love a good secret crush to lovers story. Blue Cedar Falls is an amazing setting, and the side characters are amazing. And I loved getting to catch up with the Wu sisters and seeing how their lives are progressing. A fabulous end to the Wu sisters books, but I would love it if there was a continuation of this series with some side characters, as I hate to say goodbye. I received an ARC and this is my honest review.