Title: The Key to Happily Ever After
Author: Tif Marcelo
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: May 14, 2019
Source: PR/ Author
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "All’s fair in love and business.
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.
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."
My Two Cents:
"The Key to Happily Ever After" is the story of three sisters who take over their family wedding store after their parents finally decide to retire. Although the women have been around the business for a long time, they don't realize how hard it is going to be to deal with brides who have very specific ideas about how their wedding should be or how hard it may be to work with each other. Luckily, these three sisters, Mari, Janelyn, and Pearl, are close and committed and ambitious. They will make it work!
This was a great family story with a delightful romantic bend to it! I love family stories, especially ones about sisters so much. The author does a great job of making each sister stand out and giving each of them a different personality. It was so fun to see how they compliment each other, even when their differences sometimes cause some friction. I loved the relationships between these sisters.
Like I mentioned, there is also a bit of romance in the book. I don't want to give anything away but the romantic relationships in the book seem like they could provide fodder for future books about the same characters (yes, please!!!). I loved the trajectory of these different relationships throughout the book and they definitely made for a fun read.
The setting was great! I, of course, live just outside of D.C. so I'm always interested in books set in this area and how well they capture the feel of the area. This book specifically takes place in Old Town Alexandria, one of the loveliest cities in the area. I loved how the author captured the feel of the place. It definitely lent to my enjoyment of the book! Overall, this was a cute read and I am hopeful for more books about this great family!