The Key to Happily Ever After
One of BuzzFeed’s “Books Coming Out This Summer That You Need to Seriously Read” * One of Bustle’s “New Romance Novels to Make Your Spring Reading Even Dreamier Than You Imagined” 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.

The Key to Happily Ever After Details

TitleThe Key to Happily Ever After
Author
ReleaseMay 14th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501197581
Rating
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Adult, Fiction

The Key to Happily Ever After Review

  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    Don't you just LOVE the cover of this book?! I was quick to jump on this one for the cover alone :).This is the story about three sisters Jane, Pearl, and Mari who have taken over the wedding business that they have inherited from their family. This book is marketed as a romcom but it focused more on the relationship dynamics between the three sisters instead of the romance aspect. I think my expectations were gearing up towards a romcom so this may have caused my rating to be a tad lower since Don't you just LOVE the cover of this book?! I was quick to jump on this one for the cover alone :).This is the story about three sisters Jane, Pearl, and Mari who have taken over the wedding business that they have inherited from their family. This book is marketed as a romcom but it focused more on the relationship dynamics between the three sisters instead of the romance aspect. I think my expectations were gearing up towards a romcom so this may have caused my rating to be a tad lower since I was expecting more romance. I loved the cultural aspect of the sister's Filipino heritage and the wedding planning. Also, the family dynamics was also very good but I was really wanting more romance. I feel like this was. a disappointment and the romances were missing. This one wasn't really that special in my book but I think if you go into it with the mindset its' more of a family dynamic book than a romance you may enjoy it more :).Overall, thank you to Gallery Books and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.3 stars! Publication date: 4/23/19Published to Goodreads: 4/8/19
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  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    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 adv 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.
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  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    January 1, 1970
    (free review copy) Oh, I loved it! Wedding planner stories are my absolute favorite and this book combined wedding planning with sisters and an excellent Washington DC setting. There’s business and romance and food and it’s so atmospheric. If you love stories about weddings and family, definitely add this to your summer reading list!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5I’m a sucker for both books about sisters and anything wedding related, so I was pretty excited about this one! Bonus points for sisters who are wedding planners, I’ve always thought that would be an interesting job too, and then that adorable cover just screamed READ ME as well. All sorts of positive possibilities for me surrounding this one and I’m delighted to tell you that I really enjoyed it.This follows the de la Rosa sisters right after they take over their parents wedding planning f 3.5/5I’m a sucker for both books about sisters and anything wedding related, so I was pretty excited about this one! Bonus points for sisters who are wedding planners, I’ve always thought that would be an interesting job too, and then that adorable cover just screamed READ ME as well. All sorts of positive possibilities for me surrounding this one and I’m delighted to tell you that I really enjoyed it.This follows the de la Rosa sisters right after they take over their parents wedding planning firm, so they’re all at a very transitional time of their lives. Mari is the oldest and also the new CEO, she’s a classic older sister, type A personality to the max and a natural leader. Jane is the middle sister and she’s the peacekeeper, she’s low maintenance and not interested in drama. Pearl is the youngest and was my personal favorite, I felt bad for her as she struggled to prove herself to her sisters and gain more responsibility in their business. Sisterly relationships are often rife with drama, so there was quite a bit of that here. There was also some light romance but at its heart this really a story about family relationships and the bonds between sisters.
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  • Kristy Harvey
    January 1, 1970
    Three sisters, one wedding planning business, and a lot of brides... This charming, fun, and, at times, deeply poignant, trip down the aisle(s) is full of romance, family drama and unexpected twists. The de la Rosa women will captivate you from the very first paragraph!
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  • Susan Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    They’re were so many things I loved about this book! First of all, I love reading books about sisters, and the relationship between the three sisters in this book, Mari, Jane and Pearl was so complicated and honest. Second of all, I loved the setting of Washington D.C. and the fact that the girls were wedding planners, running their own bridal business added a very unique spin to this story. I also loved learning about the Filipino culture, something I was not familiar with. Lastly, the romantic They’re were so many things I loved about this book! First of all, I love reading books about sisters, and the relationship between the three sisters in this book, Mari, Jane and Pearl was so complicated and honest. Second of all, I loved the setting of Washington D.C. and the fact that the girls were wedding planners, running their own bridal business added a very unique spin to this story. I also loved learning about the Filipino culture, something I was not familiar with. Lastly, the romantic elements felt organic and real and not easy...just like in real life. All of those elements added up to an endearing, sometimes thorny story that kept me turning pages way past my bedtime!
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  • Taryn Pierson
    January 1, 1970
    I feel a little misled by the blurb characterizing this as a rom-com--to me, it read more like a grind-out-your-issues family drama. It just didn't come off very light or funny, I guess? I listened to the audio version and the narrator had a very serious, weighty delivery, so maybe that was the issue. Also, I wasn't super invested in either of the two central romances--after what felt like hours and hours of listening to the two sisters fight, I didn't like either Mari or Pearl enough to root ve I feel a little misled by the blurb characterizing this as a rom-com--to me, it read more like a grind-out-your-issues family drama. It just didn't come off very light or funny, I guess? I listened to the audio version and the narrator had a very serious, weighty delivery, so maybe that was the issue. Also, I wasn't super invested in either of the two central romances--after what felt like hours and hours of listening to the two sisters fight, I didn't like either Mari or Pearl enough to root very hard for them to find love. Just not a fit for me--your mileage may vary, of course!
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI really loved the variety of weddings presented in the book. It was lovely to see so many different types of ceremonies and couples, etc on the page. The family business stuff was hard at times because I absolutely get the dynamic of stubborn siblings clashing and I wanted to knock heads together and obviously you cannot do that to fictional characters. This was another book that made me very hungry, so you know, beware of that.
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  • The Lit Bitch
    January 1, 1970
    The first thing that attracted me to this book was the title and the bright cover art! I found the title intriguing and it instantly made me think about things that make my own ‘happily ever after’ so special.I also thought the bright robin’s egg blue and yellow on the cover was so eye catching and I was instantly curious about this one and gladly agreed to read it!The summary of the book also sounded interesting. I have been reading a lot of historical mysteries as well as some heavy women’s fi The first thing that attracted me to this book was the title and the bright cover art! I found the title intriguing and it instantly made me think about things that make my own ‘happily ever after’ so special.I also thought the bright robin’s egg blue and yellow on the cover was so eye catching and I was instantly curious about this one and gladly agreed to read it!The summary of the book also sounded interesting. I have been reading a lot of historical mysteries as well as some heavy women’s fiction and frankly I needed something that was going to be more along the lines of a ‘rom-com’ and that’s exactly that this book promised on the description!Right away one of the things that jumped out of this book was the concept of sisterhood. This book is about sisters who are trying to keep their wedding planning business going, but it’s so much deeper than just that and I absolutely love how that played out in the story itself!I loved how different the sisters are. I only have one sister but I loved how birth order and the sisters’ different personalities shined through in this book. I personally identified with Jane the most (she is the eldest and so am I) and as I read her story I felt like she and I shared so many of the same traits and it was just fun to see her story come alive and watch how each of the sisters reacted to the other’s personalities. While her story was perhaps a little more limited than the other sisters, I loved it all the same.I was actually expecting this book to be more of a romantic comedy and it had elements of both romance and comedy but for me this was much more a novel about sisterhood and family than anything else, which actually worked just fine for me.This book definitely reminded me how hard family relationships can sometimes be, but in a light way rather than a book that was overly deep and heavy. While this book had a number of poignant moments and perspectives, it wasn’t so heavy that I felt exhausted when I was done. Rather I felt like it gently reminded me of things that were important in families with some humor and romance to break things up. I very much enjoyed reading this one as it brought out a lot to think about without being overly heavy.I also found that this book was super fast reading. I was able to finish it in a matter of a couple of days but could easily have read it in one or two sittings. If you are looking for something to entertain you on a flight or the beach this summer then you definitely want to pick this one up!See my full review here
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    Read with Rachel for Friends with ARCs!It was a delight meeting the de la Rosa girls (especially as they reminded me of my sisters and our relationships too), and I also enjoyed the wedding planning business aspect of everything and the Filipino cultural details. I would have just liked a little bit more time with the romances each sister has!
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  • Amy Reichert
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic!!!
  • Jacqueline Francis
    January 1, 1970
    What a sweet and tender story about such adorable sisters! This was such a fun read. I found myself smiling throughout the book. It had cute, rom com vibes that wouldn't quit! I could easily see this book turning into a chick flick. This is the perfect beach read for the summer! I am so happy about more Filipino-American representation in contemporary fiction and romance and Tif Marcelo does a stupendous job of seamlessly weaving it into the story. I received a copy in exchange for an honest rev What a sweet and tender story about such adorable sisters! This was such a fun read. I found myself smiling throughout the book. It had cute, rom com vibes that wouldn't quit! I could easily see this book turning into a chick flick. This is the perfect beach read for the summer! I am so happy about more Filipino-American representation in contemporary fiction and romance and Tif Marcelo does a stupendous job of seamlessly weaving it into the story. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Maida
    January 1, 1970
    Just call me Mari because she is me. 😛Full review here: https://maidamalby.com/2019/05/14/the...#representation#multicultural#diversebooks#FilipinoAmerican
  • Lindsay (nerdybooknurse)
    January 1, 1970
    The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo follows sisters Mari, Jane and Pearl de la Rosa as the three have just inherited the family's wedding planning business Rings and Roses from their parents. Every chapter has a specific song-themed title and the POV shifts between the sisters.Mari, the oldest sister is doing her best to be a good example for her sisters after she's made some mistakes in the past. Mari has put her personal life on hold to pour everything into the business, but then she The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo follows sisters Mari, Jane and Pearl de la Rosa as the three have just inherited the family's wedding planning business Rings and Roses from their parents. Every chapter has a specific song-themed title and the POV shifts between the sisters.Mari, the oldest sister is doing her best to be a good example for her sisters after she's made some mistakes in the past. Mari has put her personal life on hold to pour everything into the business, but then she meets her client's brother and starts having feelings she hasn't felt in quite some time..Jane is a single-mother to her son, trying to balance the business and family life while for yearning for her son to have his father in his life and playing referee between her constantly feuding sisters. She is both the middle-child and the mediator in the family and also in the business.And then we have Pearl, the youngest of the sisters. Pearl is dying for more responsibility in the shop. After running social media for Rings and Roses for awhile she feels she's ready for the challenge of having a top client all to herself and she's got her sights set on a big one. Mari, however isn't sure she's ready and Pearl starts questioning whether or not she needs more from her career. Plus her long-time friend Trent, who also happens to be her best friend's brother, starts hanging out with her more. Could their childhood friendship possibly blossom into something more?I LOVED this one! It was exactly the book I needed right now. This is a PERFECT one to add to your summer reading lists to enjoy on the beach/in a hammock/on the porch. I loved the sister's dynamic as they navigated being new business owners. I loved the blossoming relationships that delicately took shape throughout the book. I loved seeing the ins and outs of the wedding planning business and the conflicts that arose from that. This is such a cute, charming, heart-warming book. If you want a quick one to read quickly that will just make you feel good - you HAVE to add this one to your list and it's available now!! // ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️Thanks to Gallery Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own!
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    I love reading books about sisters. This one is very true to life -- three sisters working together and having frequent disagreements but they always have each other's back when they need support. These three sisters are struggling to keep the family wedding planning business successful. Their parents had started the business and when they retired, they turned the business over to their daughters - Mari, Jane and Pearl. This is a sweet romantic comedy about the power of sisterhood.Mari is the ol I love reading books about sisters. This one is very true to life -- three sisters working together and having frequent disagreements but they always have each other's back when they need support. These three sisters are struggling to keep the family wedding planning business successful. Their parents had started the business and when they retired, they turned the business over to their daughters - Mari, Jane and Pearl. This is a sweet romantic comedy about the power of sisterhood.Mari is the oldest daughter and the in-charge person. She feels like she should make the rules and the other sisters should fall into line. As the oldest of 3 sisters, I totally understand that attitude. Jane is second. She isn't as invested in the business because she is raising a small son alone. She handles the accounting and inventory at the wedding shop. Pearl is the youngest. Her sisters felt that she was flighty and not able to follow directions. Pearl feels that she is being limited by her sisters and is ready to take on planning for some of the brides. As they struggle to create happy and beautiful weddings for brides and their families, they need to work through their sister problems to make the business a total success. There is romance on the horizon for all three sisters but first they need to work through their issues with the business and learn to work together to be successful. This is a great book about sisters!Thanks to the author for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    Figured this would be a good palate cleanser coming off a huge book hangover and I wasn't wrong. Marcelo pulls off a major balancing act here with a book that's light and fun but still has a lot of substance. Part romance, part family drama, part coming of age/career development, three Filipino sisters navigate the transition of family business from their parents to themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed this!Steaminess scale: 1/10 very very tame
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  • Fae Crate
    January 1, 1970
    I literally read this entire book in one sitting. The mix of sisterhood and romance was absolutely perfect and extremely sweet. The de la Rosa family is one that any would kill to be a part of. I know I would want a group of loyal and loving sisters like these tight knit ladies. I adore how we are given sweet romances for each sister while still keeping the main story line about sisterhood and family. This is a must read of 2019!
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Set in Washington, D.C. the de la Rosa sisters, Marisol, Jane and Pearl are wedding planners and now the co-owners of the family business Rings and Roses, a well-established wedding planning service founded by their mother. Mari, as the oldest, has stepped into the role of CEO, with Jane handling the financial end of things, Pearl the social media, and all 3 working the ‘day of’ events and pitching in to service their brides as needs must. As the eldest and most organized, Mari is a bit of a mar Set in Washington, D.C. the de la Rosa sisters, Marisol, Jane and Pearl are wedding planners and now the co-owners of the family business Rings and Roses, a well-established wedding planning service founded by their mother. Mari, as the oldest, has stepped into the role of CEO, with Jane handling the financial end of things, Pearl the social media, and all 3 working the ‘day of’ events and pitching in to service their brides as needs must. As the eldest and most organized, Mari is a bit of a martinet with her lists, lists to check lists, and obsession with the lists. She’s so afraid of making a mistake and bringing up her less than ‘perfect’ choice of a man when she was just 21, that she’s internalized all of the business’ successes, and rarely has room for the ‘things that happen’. And she’s got a great ‘smooth the waters’ person in Pearl, who is desperate to be moved up the chain to ‘actual wedding planner’ and not just an assistant or one who handles the day of events, many involving ‘family’ and friends. Jane, the middle sister spends much of her time mediating between Mari and Pearl: the two are so similar in their up and down view of themselves (one mistake means disaster, smooth sailing is euphoric) and trying to raise her little boy Pio all by herself that she’s got her hands full with clients and her sisters. Oh this was such a fun story: from tying the girls solidly into their Filipino-American community and the rafts of “family’ that brings, to the food, the life-long friendships, their ties to tradition and a solid belief and enjoyment in the bride’s day, they have struggled with the transition to ownership and just how things will work, and constantly Mari is worried about Pearl. Desperate to protect her from the world and the hurts that come, Pearl is chafing at the micromanagement. Someone who has always marched to her own drum, Pearl isn’t one who clings to ‘time’ or schedule, finds Mari’s lists a pain in the ass, and she’s desperate to move up and get a ‘top’ (full control of the wedding planning for a bride) of her own. If not, she’s sure she’ll go elsewhere or start her own thing: she’s got the experience, the connections, and clients just love her way of managing issues and calming the waters. Of course, much of the book is going to center on Pearl’s journey and her struggles with Mari, and things take an even more startling turn when they realize that the books for the business are tragic. From the squabbles between the sisters, the old issues raising their head for Mari, Pearl’s confusion and return of her childhood crush, Jane’s health and her worries for Pio with his wish to know his father, as well as the girls’ inability to ask (mostly fear based) their mother about the business debts and inventory discrepancies, things are pretty chaotic and being the ‘people’ for some of their clients isn’t easy. Mari’s current top is a lovely woman with a fiancé that instantly sets Mari on edge with a step-brother who happens to own the house next door, Pearl is constantly calming the frenetic arguments for ‘cousins’ planning a 40th anniversary and chasing a top, the Washington ‘It” girl has yet to announce her engagement or pick a planner. Enter the romantic elements as Pearl starts to see her best friend’s brother with the eyes she did as a teen – major crush alert. And Mari and her worries for her top’s relationship, as well as her affection for her stepbrother has her al in a twist, trying to maintain her control and finding bits slipping through the cracks like water through a hand. Marcelo has given us a family to enjoy, full of cultural references, food and plenty of heart on the way to this happy and hopeful ending and jumping into my favorite read pile! I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    January 1, 1970
    "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 "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!
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    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, bu 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.
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  • Reeca Elliott
    January 1, 1970
    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 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
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  • Milena
    January 1, 1970
    The Key to Happily Ever After was such a delightful and heart-warming read, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is about three de la Rosa sisters, who run a wedding planning business together while navigating professional disagreements, family drama, and romantic entanglements. I liked the premise of the book and I loved de la Rosa sisters' relationship. They had their differences and they fought but their love for each other was unmistakable. There were also some very interesting romances develop The Key to Happily Ever After was such a delightful and heart-warming read, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is about three de la Rosa sisters, who run a wedding planning business together while navigating professional disagreements, family drama, and romantic entanglements. I liked the premise of the book and I loved de la Rosa sisters' relationship. They had their differences and they fought but their love for each other was unmistakable. There were also some very interesting romances developing for each sister that added extra zing to the story. All in all, this was a perfect summer read. The Key to Happily Ever After is my first book by Tif Marcelo but it won't be my last! *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • J.M. Powers
    January 1, 1970
    The Key to Happily Ever After depicts the myriad aspects in the loving and sometimes conflicting aspects between sisters. I'm the oldest sister of three girls in my family, and I totally related to the strong bond between Mari, Jane and Pearl. Each one of the characters has their own personality, yet still allow the qualities each can contribute to the de la Rosa company. I wish there were more about their Filipino culture, as it is a fascinating aspect of the respect given to and birth order of The Key to Happily Ever After depicts the myriad aspects in the loving and sometimes conflicting aspects between sisters. I'm the oldest sister of three girls in my family, and I totally related to the strong bond between Mari, Jane and Pearl. Each one of the characters has their own personality, yet still allow the qualities each can contribute to the de la Rosa company. I wish there were more about their Filipino culture, as it is a fascinating aspect of the respect given to and birth order of the siblings. Both the primary and secondary characters feel real, and the visual effects throughout the book plays like a movie to me. I love it when I can fully immerse myself in a book like this. The Rings and Roses wedding boutique takes a lot of cooperation between the three sisters, and many times there is a lot of give and take … and conflict. I loved how the family pulled together to solve the toughest of situations, not just in business, but in personal upheaval as well.The bonds of sisterhood weaves throughout this story. Though it is categorized as a romantic comedy, I think it’s more along the lines of women’s fiction with a bit of romance sprinkled in. Either way, it is an enjoyable read. I loved it!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalleySweet and uplifting, without ever veering into saccharine Hallmark Channel territory! The Key to Happily Ever After is like the perfect marriage between a wedding planning reality show and a family drama. FTC.
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    A truly lovely story about three siblings and their wedding planning business.RTC
  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute. Loves the sisters and the whole wedding planning theme.
  • Jennifer Schultheis
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • angelareadsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    A heartwarming story about three sisters as they run their wedding planning family business. As they struggle to discover what they want in life and how to relate as sisters, their each find their own key to happily ever after! Check out this book if you love books about sisters, family relationships, and enjoyed the movie The Wedding Planner Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book!
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  • C.E. Hart
    January 1, 1970
    The Key to Happily Ever After is on my Favorites of 2019 list! I really enjoyed the de la Rosa sisters and the myriad of emotions they put me through. The book includes witty moments, to be sure, but I don’t necessarily agree with its categorization as a romantic comedy. It feels much deeper than that—more like women’s fiction (my favorite genre) with elements of romance. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the family dynamic between the three sisters—Mari, Jane, and Pearl. Although I enj The Key to Happily Ever After is on my Favorites of 2019 list! I really enjoyed the de la Rosa sisters and the myriad of emotions they put me through. The book includes witty moments, to be sure, but I don’t necessarily agree with its categorization as a romantic comedy. It feels much deeper than that—more like women’s fiction (my favorite genre) with elements of romance. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the family dynamic between the three sisters—Mari, Jane, and Pearl. Although I enjoy and sympathize with all three women, I connect most strongly with Jane (being a middle sister myself.) Each personality fits their birth order (without being cookie-cutter) and I can imagine my own sisters in similar plights. The small touches of their Filipino culture are stimulating, and I wish even more were included!The visualizations the author creates are vivid, and the characters feel authentic. Washington, D.C. is a fresh book setting for me, and I feel as if I’ve walked the streets of downtown, visited the Rings and Roses wedding boutique, and the sisters’ home on Duchess Street. The love connections are sweet, organic, and dissimilar, but appealing in their own special way. I “know” the main and secondary characters and consider them friends. Sigh… I will miss them.The song titles at the opening of each chapter set the mood nicely and add an interesting dynamic to reading. Because all the songs are well known, it is easy to place the lyrics and tone in my mind as I read along.This is a lively and touching story examining the importance of family, friends, trust, and the formidable and beneficial bonds of sisterhood. #TheKeyToHappilyEverAfter#AFavoriteOf2019Author: Tif MarceloPublisher: Gallery BooksPages: 320Source: I received a complimentary copy as a member of the Tall Poppy Blogger's Team.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    What I loved about this book:1. The relationship between the three sisters. Potentially, siblings will be in our lives the longest, from birth to old age. Yet, it’s easy for family members to be taken for granted, to wound, and be hurt by each other. Pride, the need to be right, the desire to control those we love, and rivalry can poison sibling relationships. The importance of family is beautifully portrayed as the sisters’ relationships are tested and strengthened. I also love that a childhood What I loved about this book:1. The relationship between the three sisters. Potentially, siblings will be in our lives the longest, from birth to old age. Yet, it’s easy for family members to be taken for granted, to wound, and be hurt by each other. Pride, the need to be right, the desire to control those we love, and rivalry can poison sibling relationships. The importance of family is beautifully portrayed as the sisters’ relationships are tested and strengthened. I also love that a childhood best friend is included as an additional sister-like character.2. The setting of the D.C. area.It was fun to revisit locations around D.C. and easy to see the de la Rosa sisters in familiar sites of Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown, a Loudon County Vineyard, spring cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin, etc. 3. The chapter headings with song titles.I loved having a theme song running through my head while immersed in the thoughts and feelings of the sisters.4. The story telling.The oldest sister (Mari) and the youngest sister (Pearl) alternate sharing their first-person perspective. The middle sister (Jane) serves as mediator and is also managing her own personal issues. The story unfolds with background information revealed gradually, providing context for the sisters’ relationship dynamics.5. The food.Tif knows how to write about food. Eating is essential to life and a key element of this story, woven into the book in a delicious way. I was hungry, imagining German spaetzle, traditional Filipino recipes, and (of course) cake!6. The bridal business.I’m now captivated by the psychology of being a wedding planner. Managing people’s personalities, expectations, and emotions around their big day would be challenging. It would require a combination of checklists and creativity, with extreme attention to detail and, also, the art in visually representing each couple’s story in ceremony and celebration. 7. The hard stuff.Not every wedding is a happily ever after. Not every couple is in a healthy relationship. This was written about so well!8. The love.Knowing oneself and being seen for oneself is revealed as the key to all love relationships, familial and romantic. The romantic relationships in the story are sweet and promising, as they overcome misunderstandings and are based on authenticity and trust.I ***highly*** recommend this book! So delightful!
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