Once Upon a Sunset

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Tif Marcelo

March 3, 2020

Gallery Books

352 Pages


Diana Gallagher-Cary is going through a transition. She’s just been asked to take a leave of absence after making a split-second decision to rearrange laboring mothers in birthing rooms at the hospital where she works as an OBGYN. In her mind she was taking care of a suffering patient, regardless of cost or insurance coverage—unfortunately, the administrators at her hospital don’t see it that way.

To make matters worse, Diana’s long-time boyfriend has just moved out…and her mother has moved in. While Diana is helping her mother unpack, she stumbles upon an old box of letters written between her grandparents. She decides to distract herself from her current misery by reading through all of them, and, shockingly, she discovers that her grandfather didn’t die in World War II, as everyone had assumed. In fact, Diana has a whole slew of relatives still living in the Philippines that she never knew about. With nothing else to do, Diana decides to embark on a journey to discover more about this new family—despite the fact that her mother seems terrified of what it will reveal.


Once Upon a Sunset is a feel-good story with a satisfyingly strong female protagonist. I love that the focus is on family first, romance second (though there is some romance thrown in there). The story stays light and easily-digestible, but some heavier topics (involving major family secrets) are discussed. I love that Diana isn’t perfect, but she is extremely competent and driven. She doesn’t shy away from the truth. I also could relate to her relationship with her mother being important…but also not the easiest at times. It felt very believable to me. This one’s a nice and easy beach read for sure.

Thank you to Gallery and Net Galley for the ARC!

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