The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo



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.

My review:

This was an enjoyable book that drew me in from the beginning. It’s the story of three adult sisters, Mari, Jane, and Pearl, who have taken over their mother’s wedding planning business upon her retirement. Mari, being the oldest, takes on the CEO role. Pearl, the youngest, feels stifled because Mari won’t let her take on a bigger role despite her equal ownership. All three sisters have to learn how to balance work, family, and relationships when everything is so closely intertwined it’s difficult to see where one ends and the other begins.

Mari, Jane, and Pearl are three distinct personalities. Their business is successful, but has coasted along on reputation and word of mouth for too long. The sisters are divided on everything from how to save the business, what roles they should fill, and where their place is in their world. There is a bit of romance in the story, but this is not a romance novel. It’s the story of sisterhood and knowing who has your back no matter what.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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About the author:


Tif believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A veteran Army Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, she is a craft enthusiast and food-lover. As a military spouse, she has moved nine times, and this adventure shows in some of her free-spirited characters. Tif currently lives in the DC area with her own real life military hero and four children. The Journey to the Heart series is her debut series, with forthcoming women’s fiction novels THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER to be released in May 2019 and ONCE UPON A SUNSET in 2020.

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