The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


by Tif Marcelo
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Women's Fiction, Adult
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: May 14h 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷

The Key to Happily Ever After was a heartwarming tale of three sisters who own a wedding planning business. It's a story of family, love, and the inexplicable ties that bind siblings together. With Tif Marcelo's signature writing style, the book absolutely shines.

As you can imagine, the de la Rosa girls are the very heart and soul of The Key to Happily Ever After. There was so much of them pouring into this story. If you were to ask me to select a favorite, I would have a hard time because there were pieces of myself that I saw in all of them. Their characters were beautifully layered and Tif Marcelo takes her time fleshing out these girls. There was Mari, the eldest daughter, who takes the family business very seriously. A past relationship had set her back and she is determined to put it past her. Mari was headstrong and stubborn at times, but her heart was always in the right place. Jane was the middle sister who was juggling being a single mother to her son and also trying to be the peacemaker between her two confrontational siblings. Jane does not get her point of view in The Key to Happily Ever After, but she still played a crucial role in the book. Finally, there was the youngest sister, Pearl, who is craving for more responsibilities in the business. She wants to go beyond her role in social media, but her sister does not think she's ready for more responsibilities.

This leads to a rift between Mari and Pearl. The two obviously care about each other very much, but their relationship had its ups and downs as any sibling relationship does. It broke my heart to see them quarrel, but the fights made them eventually understand the importance of each other. While the siblings' relationship was at the center of this book, we see other relationships, particularly romantic ones. Mari finds a love interest in her latest client's brother. Pearl finds a companion in her best friend. The romances were very much to the background in this book and while I would have liked to see more, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. It helped that I knew going into the book that it would be light on the romance. The wedding planning business was a joy to read. I love books about wedding planners, with all the wedding drama, the brides and their demands, and The Key to Happily Ever After uses the plot device beautifully.

The Key to Happily Ever After very much captured my heart as cheesy as that sounds. I adored every word of this book. This is my fourth book from Tif Marcelo and with every book, she continues to impress me. I hope she continues writing these fresh stories that are full of heart.

What are some books you've read about siblings or wedding planners?
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