Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward never fail to amaze me with their writing. I normally wait until I have a free day to start any of the books that this duo releases. I’ve seen the early reviews about this book and I knew I just couldn’t wait. I put all plans aside, neglected my housework and dove right in. And boy am I glad I did. This duo has a way with words that will instantly hook you in from the very beginning. Hook, line and sinker. They definitely toyed with my emotions; I felt them all. Laughter, sadness, heartbreak, love. It’s as if I was Humpty Dumpty, I was put back together again.
Do you ever believe in fate? That things happen for a reason? That people will cross paths because fate had a part in it? Vi and Penelope have done a phenomenal job making me believe.
I absolutely LOVED Happily Letter After and there’s so much I want to say but hard to do without giving away parts of the book. The characters were written in a way where I could personally relate to every single one of them. Sadie hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to men. She is looking for that happy ever after that her parents once had. I love that she won’t settle for just anyone. I find it funny that she kills two birds with one stone with her dates, she gets a date and she gets a new article for her magazine. Her relationship with her father is one that I envy. I wish I can have that type of relationship with mine.
Sadie works at a magazine and receives a Dear Santa letter months prior to Christmas time. Sadie feels instantly connected to Birdie with that first letter. It’s as if that letter transported Sadie back to when she was Birdie’s age. Sadie feels that she should play Santa just this once and grant those wishes she has control over. But of course, once isn't enough and eventually it goes a little too far. Birdie, she is an adorable little thing. She has gone through the loss of her mother and having to adjust to a single father who works extremely hard. She’s tugged at my heart when she writes those Santa letters. Birdie isn’t only looking for wishes for her, but for her father. She isn’t being selfish. At first, I didn’t know how I felt about Sebastian. But this duo slowly made me understand him and fall for him. Sebastian is adjusting to life as a single father, while running a business. He does everything he can to make Birdie happy. Slowly but surely, the real Sebastian came out and swoon. I loved how Sadie not only understands what Birdie is going through, but also Sebastian because she has seen her own father go through the exact situation many years ago. Sadie and Sebastian have that undeniable chemistry that they can’t seem to ignore. They try so hard to fight it, but the passion becomes too strong to deny.
The secondary characters in this story are my favorites. Cairo, the owner of the tiny grocery store Sadie likes to frequent cracks me the heck up. He had me going with his jokes! Devin, Sadie’s best friend is such a hoot. Everyone needs a friend just like her. Markaduke, Birdie’s dog I’m just so happy he was put in there. He is one of the many reasons why Sadie came to meet the Maxwell’s in person.
While reading this book, there were many instances where I tried to predict where the story would go, like how they were connected. I had questions I wanted answers to. In the end, I felt that the characters were connected for a reason. There were a lot of twists and turns and surprises but it all came back full circle. Things happened to them for a reason. It definitely made me want more and not have the story end.
This is an incredible book about loss, healing, moving on and finding love. This one will definitely tugged at my heart and this story will stay with me for a long while. There is a reason why this book is currently ranked number one. Do yourself a favor and get your copy today!