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Free-spirited Shirley has a mad crush on a boy named Declan Greenwood, while thoroughly modern Kate likes plenty of variety in her wardrobe (and her love life) and is determined to get married before her younger sister. She'll take anyone who'll have her, even if it has to be that greasythough not entirely unattractive mechanic who has been hanging around lately. The crowd at Hogan's is always lively, but that doesn't mean all problems have been left at the door. Johnny's grandparents are afraid that he'll retire and shut the ballroom down. Johnny yearns for Marion, his old love, while Marion starts to worry that her long-held secret will finally be revealed.
Muldoon's Tea Rooms, beloved for the cozy atmosphere and luscious desserts, has started looking a bit outdated--and the same could be said about the proprietors, Penny and Daniel Stanley. After seventeen years, their marriage has started to fade and wear a little thin, even as their old shop bustles with the energy of the customers who seek refuge from their particular dilemmas: Housewife Sadie Smith comes to escape her diet and her husband's stick-thin mistress. Struggling artist Brenda Brown sits and pens love letters to the actor Nicholas Cage. And Claire Fitzgerald returns after twenty years abroad to search for a long-lost someone. Behind the cherry cheese-cakes, vanilla ice creams and chocolate cappuccinos are the stirrings of a revolution that will redefine lives, heal troubled hearts, and rock the very foundation of the humble tea house. And through it all, Penny and Daniel manage to discover what truly matters in life and in love. Rich with wit, bursting with charm, The Tea House on Mulberry Street is a vibrant debut novel, full of tenderness, imagination--and delicious pastries.