Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Once Upon A Sunset” by Tif Marcelo, Gallery Books, March 2, 2020
Tif Marcelo, author of “Once Upon a Sunset” has written an entertaining, enthralling, riveting and romantic novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Romance. The time-line of the story takes place in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events. The story takes place in Washington and the Philippines. The author describes the characters as complex and complicated. There are dark secrets, twists, and turns, and surprises, that will cause major changes.
Diana Gallagher-Cary loves her job as an OB/GYN and makes a choice one busy night, that can affect her career. Diana is still mourning the loss of her grandmother and adjusting to her creative Mom moving in with her. She is also experiencing the loss of a boyfriend that she had lived with for many years. Margo, Diana’s Mom finds a box of letters and discovers that her grandfather Antonio Cruz, believed to have died during World War Two, actually survived and wound up living in the Philippines. Margo’s Mom had brought her up as a single Mom.
With this new information, Diana and Margo leave to the Philippines, to try and understand the family dynamics. There is a new family for them to meet, and they would like answers to questions that were never answered.
I love the way Tif Marcelo vividly writes and describes about the beauty of the countryside, and the character’s personalities. This is a book about second chances, forgiveness, finding oneself, the importance of family, love, and hope. Just sometimes you have to take a step out of your comfort zone, to find what you are truly seeking. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking novel for those readers who enjoy an entertaining and delightful read.