Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 14, 2019 by Gallery Books
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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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Key to Happily Ever After is a fun contemporary novel that is the perfect summer read! The story follows the three de la Rosa sisters as they try to find love while navigating their family’s wedding planning business. I love the setting of this novel, the three sister’s live in D.C. and are taking over the family’s wedding planning business from their parents, and there’s lots of wedding and behind the scenes sections!
Even though there are three de la Rosa sisters, The Key to Happily Ever After focuses more on Mari and Pearl, the oldest and youngest of the sisters. I really enjoyed reading about these sisters, and could totally relate to how they felt about each other. They love each other, but sometimes they don’t like each other. This is especially true because they basically live together and work together. Most of the tension in the story is between Mari and Pearl. Mari is the oldest and is used to taking care of her sisters, and is still babying Pearl even though she’s an adult and is great at her job. Pearl is frustrated with Mari because she wants more freedom, but her sisters don’t seem to realize that. I loved reading and seeing how the sisters navigated this weird situation with each other, and seeing how they grew from it.
“Are you even listening to yourself? You’re talking about guiding me and helping me and fixing it for me. What I need is support. Support because we are all equals.”
I’ve seen this novel marketed as a romance, but just a heads up that it’s really not. There are romances in the book, but the main focus of the story is the sisters relationship with each other. Before beginning the novel I read reviews where people didn’t enjoy the book as much because it wasn’t what they expected, but I think if you’re aware it’s not really a romance you’ll enjoy the story more and won’t be disappointed.
“We have all failed at one time or another. And we’re always there for each other aren’t we? We’ll be there for her.”
Overall the writing was good, but there were a few similes and metaphors throughout the story that were a little over explained and took me out of the story. I was also not a huge fan of how the backstory was sprinkled in. There were only about three flashbacks, but they kind of came from nowhere and confused me a little while reading.
I do want to give a trigger warning for an abusive relationship – there’s one scene at around the 40% mark and another at around the 70% mark as well.
The Key to Happily Ever After is a solid adult contemporary romance, and I highly recommend it! It’s the perfect summer read, and it’s a pretty quick read as well (so you know you can get it done while chilling at the beach or the pool). After finishing this book I immediately added Tif Marcelo’s other books to my tbr because I really enjoyed this!