Welcome to the Spirit of the Shenandoah Series

Found family

Small town secrets

Happy Ever Afters

About It Started With a Secret

When an unforgettable night leads to a whole new life, opposites Jared and Matilda discover that love arrives when you least expect it. Set in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, It Started with a Secret blends romance with family drama that will lead to the most satisfying happily ever after.

About Tif

Tif Marcelo believes and writes about the strength of families, the endurance of friendship, heartfelt romances, and is inspired daily by her own military hero husband and four children. She hosts The Stories to Love Podcast, and a USA Today bestselling author fiction for adults and young adults.




“Lovers of food trucks and San Francisco will especially get a kick out of this fun contemporary romance.”

—Library Journal on NORTH TO YOU

“A charming, fun read. I love these sisters! Clear your calendar—once you start, you won't be able to put down this wonderful story.”

—Susan Mallery, # 1 New York Times bestselling author of California Girls on THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Once Upon a Sunset will sweep readers up in a heartfelt story of long-lost family secrets and bright new beginnings that spans from World War II to today. I always look forward to a new book from Tif Marcelo.”

—Julia Kelly, bestselling author of The Light Over London

“With a wonderfully diverse cast, tantalizing descriptions of Filipino food, a realistic portrayal of the challenges of being a military spouse, and a hint of romance, Marcelo's latest will charm readers and could lead to a fruitful book discussion.”


“This is a delightful, lighthearted rom-com about two young people discovering that it's not too late to choose a different path. Charming and romantic.”

—Kirkus Reviews for THE HOLIDAY SWITCH

“Compelling family tensions, a captivating second chance romance, and an evocative beachside setting come together beautifully in Tif Marcelo's gem of a book. I fell in love with Heart Resort and the Pusos… "

—Mia Sosa, USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man for IT TAKES HEART

A timeless tale of motherhood inspired by
Little Women about one woman’s grief, hope, and second chance with the daughter she lost.


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