Hilarious and Poignant Single Parent Romance
A Romantic Comedy with Depth!
Have you heard the buzz? While my TBR pile is a mile long, it was hard to ignore the book world upon the release of Happily Letter After from powerhouse writing duo Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward.
Many fans of Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward have called Happily Letter After one of their top reads of the year, and it’s easy to see why. Protagonist Sadie Bisset is charmingly quirky and definitely reminiscent of all the romantic comedy heroines from my childhood. Sadie is a columnist writer in New York City who gets easily sucked into the hopeful wishes of a young girl, Birdie, who writes to Santa in the hopes of finding someone to make her father, Sebastian, happy after the death of her mother nearly 4 years prior.
If you’re like me and were completely smitten with Jonah from Sleepless in Seattle, then Birdie will definitely charm you with her beguiling antics. If Birdie doesn’t put a smile on your face, then Sadie’s relationship with both Sebastian and Birdie will. The biggest part as to why I wanted to read Happily Ever After, was that once some readers heard that both Birdie and Sadie had dealt with losing someone to cancer, they were afraid the triggers would be too much.
I’m here to tell you that while cancer is the reason why Sadie and Birdie lost their mothers at a young age, both characters embrace their non-traditional childhood and ultimately become stronger because of it. So many families are formed outside what is considered traditional family dynamics. Adoption and IVF are often common options for families, and seeing these topics addressed in a truly heartfelt way is something I hope to see more of in romance books. As diverse characters of the romance world are being embraced and highlighted, I hope other non-traditional roles, characters, and situations also become part of the spotlight.
Happily Letter After is most definitely worth your time. An alluring blend of real-life issues, and undeniable chemistry, I can absolutely see why so many readers are buzzing about this amazing new release.
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who recently moved from the PNW back to the Midwest. When her nose isn’t in a book, she’s spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.