ARC Review: Once Upon a Sunset by Tif Marcelo

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ARC Review: Once Upon a Sunset by Tif Marcelo
Once Upon a Sunset

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: March 3, 2020
Genre: Womens Fiction
Pages: 352

Recommended Read!

“ONCE UPON A SUNSET quickly became an addictive story.”
~ Under the Covers

I picked this up on a total whim because I loved the cover and it was about a woman’s journey discovering her past and her roots and traveling to the Philippines.  It sounded too good to pass up.  I haven’t read this author before so it was my first time and it won’t be my last!

ONCE UPON A SUNSET quickly became an addictive story.  There was something so captivating about this story and following these characters.  We not only get to know about our main protagonist, but also her mother and grandmother.  So very different stories but yet all touching in different ways.  Finding a new family that welcomed and rejected them at the same time.  It really highlighted how some decisions can have such big repercussions in life and trickle that effect down to generations.  In this case, the decision taken by our main protagionists’ grandfather.

Along the way we also get some romance.  I think it was done really well, woven into the main story seamlessly.  It kept taking me along and wanting to keep reading, not put this down, until I had read it all.

In a way, this was a subtle story.  But it had everything I wanted to see.  Some drama, some romance, emotions, family, culture, adventure.  I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more from this author in the future.


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About Tif Marcelo

Tif Marcelo is a veteran US Army nurse who holds a BS in nursing and a master’s in public administration. She believes in and writes about the strength of families, the endurance of friendship, and the beauty of heartfelt romance—and she’s inspired daily by her own military hero husband and four children. She hosts the Stories to Love podcast, and she is also the USA Today bestselling author of In a Book Club Far Away, Once Upon a Sunset, The Key to Happily Ever After, and the Journey to the Heart series. Sign up for her newsletter at


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Great review Francesca. I can’t wait to read this


I’ve found that sometimes it’s the subtle stories that have the biggest impact. Thank you for the review.