The Only Purple House in Town
by Ann Aguirre
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Pub Date 11 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 05 Oct 2023
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From New York Times bestselling author Ann Aguirre comes the magical town of St. Claire, where anything is possible...
Iris Collins is the messy one in her family. The "chaos bunny." Her sisters are all wildly successful, while she can't balance her budget for a single month. It's no wonder she's in debt to her roommates. When she unexpectedly inherits a house from her great aunt, her plan to turn it into a B&B fails—as most of her plans do. She winds up renting rooms like a Victorian spinster, collecting other lost souls...and not all of them are "human."
Eli Reese grew up as the nerdy outcast in school, but he got rich designing apps. Now he's successful by any standards. But he's never had the same luck in finding a real community or people who understand him. Over the years, he's never forgotten his first crush, so when he spots her at a café, he takes it as a sign. Except then he gets sucked into the Iris-verse and somehow ends up renting one of her B&B rooms. As the days pass, Eli grows enchanted by the misfit boarders staying in the house...and even more so by Iris. Could Eli have finally found a person and a place to call "home"?
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The Only Purple House in Town by Ann Aguirre is a heartwarming and magical story about finding oneself and a place to belong. The novel follows the journey of Iris Collins, the "chaos bunny" of her family who inherits a house from her great aunt, which she tries to turn into a bed and breakfast. However, things don't go as planned, and she ends up renting rooms to a group of lost souls, including some who aren't quite human.
Enter Eli Reese, a successful app designer who has never quite found a real community or people who understand him. When he reconnects with Iris, his childhood crush, he ends up renting one of her B&B rooms and becomes enchanted by the misfit boarders staying in the house.
The characters in The Only Purple House in Town are richly drawn, and their quirks and flaws make them all the more endearing. Aguirre's writing is whimsical and charming, and the magical elements of the story add an extra layer of enchantment.
Overall, The Only Purple House in Town is a delightful read that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. It's a story about love, acceptance, and finding one's place in the world, and it's sure to resonate with anyone who has ever felt like a misfit or outsider.