The Key to Happily Ever After

The Key to Happily Ever After

by Tif Marcelo


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A charming romantic comedy about three sisters who are struggling to keep the family wedding planning business afloat—all the while trying to write their own happily-ever-afters in the process.

All’s fair in love and business.

The de la Rosa family and their wedding planning business have been creating happily ever afters in the Washington, DC area for years, making even the most difficult bride’s day a fairytale. But when their parents announce their retirement, the sisters—Marisol, Janelyn, and Pearl—are determined to take over the business themselves.

But the sisters quickly discover that the wedding business isn’t all rings and roses. There are brides whose moods can change at the drop of a hat; grooms who want to control every part of the process; and couples who argue until their big day. As emotions run high, the de la Rosa sisters quickly realize one thing: even when disaster strikes—whether it’s a wardrobe malfunction or a snowmageddon in the middle of a spring wedding—they’ll always have each other.

Perfect for fans of the witty and engaging novels of Amy E. Reichert and Susan Mallery, The Key to Happily Ever After is a fresh romantic comedy that celebrates the crucial and profound power of sisterhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501197581
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 74,414
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tif Marcelo believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A craft enthusiast and food-lover, Tif is a veteran Army Nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, and is inspired daily by her own military hero and four children.

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The Key to Happily Ever After 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LibrarianSGP 8 months ago
If you pick this up looking for what’s billed as a “charming romantic comedy”, you’re bound to be disappointed because it’s not at all funny and has hints of romance lacking in emotion with no satisfactory endings. This is much more a family saga about three Filipino-American sisters who co-own a wedding planning business, but who are stuck in the ruts established when they were in late adolescence. The oldest sister, Mari, is emotionally-stunted and a control freak unwilling to let her baby sister Penny (who’s 26) take the lead on any events because she doesn’t trust her. The middle sister, Jane, is a single mom who serves primarily as peacekeeper. Oddly, the story is told in only two voices, leaving out Jane’s perspective which is disappointing since she is the most level-headed and insightful. Ultimately, this is a character-driven novel that lacks…well, character and leaves us with too many unanswered questions. What happened to Saul? Will Reid move from Atlanta to be with Mari? Will Jane end up with Gabe or Marco? Why didn’t Marco know he had a son, or is he just lying to save face? Very disappointing! I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Gallery Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I enjoyed this family drama even though I was expecting it to be a romantic comedy. I am not sure why I had that impression, maybe the sweet cover? Anyway, this book follows the interactions of three Filipino American sisters after they have taken over their parents wedding planning business. Weddings by their very nature are stressful, but the sisters have the added pressure of proving themselves, and breaking out of the roles they have cast for each other. In the end family is the most important thing. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this arc.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I loved this book! Truly delightful. A beautiful story of sisters becoming their best selves, growing as individuals and as a team, while navigating the challenges of a wedding planning business in the D.C. area. Romance, conflict, and family ties are rich in this heartwarming book. Highly recommend!
Kristy_K 10 months ago
A pretty lighthearted family drama about three sisters who own a wedding planning business and discover love around the same time. The two main characters are Marisol and Pearl, the oldest and younger sisters respectively. There’s family conflict and a little bit of drama but overall it displays the closeness sisters share even when they’re fighting. As an aside (and totally a joke, as I am a middle child) but in typical fashion, the middle child was left out from having a POV. I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Fredreeca2001 10 months ago
Marisol, Janelyn and Pearl have taken over their family wedding business. But, it is not all it’s cracked up to be. There is a lot of family dynamics, crazy weather and just stressed out brides to deal with! Not to mention, the money issues they inherited. Pearl is the younger of the three. She is the most laid back and easy going of her sisters. Janelyn is always the peacemaker. Marisol, the only way to put it is…THE BOSS. These three struggle with each other, as most families do. Pearl wants to expand her responsibilities. And because of her easy going nature, Marisol sees this as a big problem. Tensions ride high and emotions are everywhere. But, when the chips are down, there is nothing like family to save the day! These girls always have each other’s backs regardless of the fights, squabbles and tears. And believe me….there are plenty! I enjoyed every part of this read. It is just adorable. This is a wonderful palate cleanser. It has everything…drama, romance, love and family messes. You cannot go wrong with this one! Pick this up today! I received this novel from Gallery Books for a honest review
Annette5151 10 months ago
A very enjoyable book! It reminds you how complicated family and friendships can be. Throw in work issues and romance and add more problems! Love the characters and how they changed. Definitely recommend
KerryACroucier 11 months ago
This was such a fun read, just what I needed for a weekend when I all I wanted to do was curl up with a good book. When three sisters take over the family wedding planning business they are determined to make it work, hopefully together. The family dynamics are spot on, the interactions between the sisters as family and business partners were complicated and honest. It was interesting watching each try to make their own mark in the business while trying to grow professionally, but also remember that no matter what happens, they are also family, and will always have each other’s back. Add in each trying to negotiate their own personal lives at the same time, and the story will suck you in. I enjoyed the look behind the curtain of a wedding planning business and learning more about the Filipino culture that Marcelo wove into the story. There are definitely moments that will make you laugh, and others that will make you cheer, and you will end this one feeling happy and satisfied. #tallpoppywriters #bloomreads #tallpoppyreviewer
CharlotteLynnsReviews 11 months ago
Imagine working with your family every day. There has to be someone in charge, someone to keep everyone on the same page. But there also is bound to be drama, differing opinions, and butting of heads. The three sisters who are running the de la Rosa family wedding planning business want the business to succeed, especially after their parents have retired leaving them all equal partners. I love how they worked together, how they fought with each other, and how they managed to make the business successful. They were true sisters, they loved each other with their whole hearts, but they each had their own reasons for wanting to succeed and those reasons did not always work well together. My favorite part of the story is the dynamic of the sisters but I also love the tidbits of romance. From the brides and grooms that they were working with to the sisters own searching for the happy ever after, it warmed my heart. This wasn’t a full romance book but there was enough in it to make me happy and satisfied with what I was reading. The Key to Happily Ever After is a wonderful book about three sisters, a family business, and family drama.
paulalala09 11 months ago
Birth order rivalries and placement play a role in this engaging and cute book about three sisters taking over the family wedding business. When the women work together as a unit, it all runs smoothly. Hurt and stubborn attitudes create warring ambitions that threaten to ruin not only the business but also the relationships. While Mari the oldest and the baby, Pearl, butt heads and bicker it throws the whole business into turmoil. Peacemaker, Jane, tries her best to get Mari and Pearl to calm down. I voluntarily read a copy of this book and all opinions are my own.
teachlz 11 months ago
Tif Marcelo, Author Of “The Key to Happily Ever After” has written an entertaining, intriguing, captivating, witty, and emotional novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Romance. The timeline for this story is in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her characters as compassionate and having their own problems. The three De La Rosa sisters, Marisol, Janelyn, and Pearl have a good relationship, but find difficulties, when their parents retire from the family wedding planning business. The three sisters find that working together in such a demanding business is causing problems. Each sister has their own strengths, but the combination of their own lives and the business is difficult. The goals of the Wedding Business is to make the Bride and Groom’s special day in every way! That is not also easy to fulfill. There seems to be a conflict between the Family and the Business. I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, friends, loyalty, honesty, emotional support, balance, love and hope. This is a story of “sisterhood” and family. I would recommend this heart-warming novel.