I was thrilled to find out Tif Marcelo wrote this new book, Once Upon a Sunset. I first discovered this author when I read The Key to Happily Ever After, and couldn’t wait to receive her newest creation through Net Galley.
Once Upon a Sunset is a story surrounding a mother, (Margo), and her grown daughter (Diana). Their relationship is close, yet becomes strained when they accidently discover family secrets. They each deal with this in opposite ways. Margo and Diana disagree on how to handle this newfound discovery and they initially handle the fallout in opposite ways.
As in Tif Marcelo’s first book, Once Upon a Sunset, the Filipino culture is brilliantly portrayed. Though the story is more about self-understanding and growth, there is a romantic vein to the story. I fell in love with both storylines.
I connected with the mother, Margo and her free-spirited way of handling things, but at the same time I empathized with her daughter, Diana. Both characters delve deep into the past, and in the process discover a lot about themselves. Their relationship is not only repaired, but deepens with a new understanding about each other’s views. Their self-growth is gradual and touching.
I received an ARC from Net Galley. All opinions are my own.