A review by eicart_reads
The Only Purple House in Town by Ann Aguirre

hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes


This book was a cute, light, cozy fantasy romance. I did not know it was part of a series, and I don't think my experience suffered from not having read the previous books before this one.

My favorite part of this story was the found family that Iris gathered. At the beginning of the story, she's just inherited a run-down house from her recently departed great-aunt. Looking at this as an opportunity for a fresh start, she packs up and moves 6 hours away to live in the house. In desperate need of money, she decides to rent out rooms. Iris is a bit of a misfit (meant in a loving way,) and she rents rooms to people who are also misfits. It's lovely to witness how they come together, help each other, and become family.

There is a romance, between Iris and Eli, one of her housemates. I don't think I would call it the central part of the story though. At least for me, the friendships and family bonds between the housemates took center stage.

The plot and dialogue are a bit clunky at times, and the characters are rather one-dimensional, but I still enjoyed this. I would recommend if you're looking for a quick, light read. I give this three stars, which for me means I liked it.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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