Review: The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

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!


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 (summary from Goodreads). 


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!

Book Info and Rating

ebook, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by Gallery Books
ISBN 1501197592 (ISBN13: 9781501197598)
Free review copy provided by author and publisher, in partnership with the Tall Poppy Blogger program, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: contempo lit, women’s fiction

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.


3 thoughts on “Review: The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

  1. Great review and I totally agree with you about the cover design! The colours really catch your attention and I will be adding this one to my tbr! 💙📚

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