The House on Mulberry Street
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?
Best friends become lovers in Chin's sparkling third Blue Cedar Falls romance (after Return to Cherry Blossom Way). Aspiring artist Elizabeth Wu sets out to organize an independent artist festival in her small North Carolina hometown, recruiting help from her best friend and roommate, Graham Lewis, who works for the mayor's office. But Graham throws a wrench into her plan when he abruptly announces that he's bought a house and will be moving out soon. Unbeknownst to Elizabeth, Graham has had feelings for her for years, and this is his attempt to finally move on. But as they plan the festival together, Elizabeth begins to see Graham in a different light as well. Is exploring their feelings worth risking their friendship? Chin takes the time to establish a genuine feeling of closeness and history between the pair, making the stakes—that a failed romance might ruin what they have—feel both believable and urgent. She also doesn't shy away from the awkwardness of the transition from friends to lovers, opening up some charming and realistic comedic opportunities. The result is a grounded and winsome love story. Agent: Emily Sylvan Kim, Prospect Agency.