Happily Ever His

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FUNNY FAMILY COMEDY ROMANCE

Contemporary

Delancey Stewart

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Logline

Small-town girl Tess is used to playing second-fiddle to her movie star sister, Juliet. But when Juliet comes home for their crazy Gran's 90th birthday bash pretending to be in a relationship with co-star Ryan (and Tess's ultimate movie star crush), Tess's simple life gets more complicated.

Genre

Funny,Family,Comedy,Romance

Short Summary

Tess Manchester is planning her nutty grandmother's 90th birthday party, and expecting her movie-star sister Juliet to arrive soon. She does, preceded by a security team and with a new boyfriend on her arm. Tess struggles with jealousy when she realizes who her sister's new guy is.


When it is revealed that the relationship between Juliet and Ryan is a sham, Tess and Ryan begin to fall in love. But their lives are so different, things seem unlikely to work out--until Ryan makes a grand gesture at Tess's grandmother's big party.

Setting

Small town, Maryland

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Tess Manchester

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Modest,Funny,Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Ryan McDonnell

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Masculine,Sexy,Confident,Heartthrob,Gracious,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Helen Manchester (Gran)

Age: 90

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Badass,Adventurous,Complex,Engaging,Outspoken,Funny,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Juliet Manchester

Age: 27

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Sexy

Development Pitch

This feel-good cross between Notting Hill and Cinderella is a charming small-town romantic comedy romp that will appeal to fans of the genre. It's equally adaptable as a made-for-television movie or a feature film. The book is in the running for Publishers Weekly's BookLife prize (a semi-finalist as of 11/1) and has been lauded by fans. When small-town girl Tess's very famous sister Juliet comes home for their grandmother's 90th birthday bash, she brings a taste of her Hollywood life with her, in the form of scandal, press, and Tess's all-time movie star crush, Ryan McDonnell. Unbeknownst to Tess, McDonnell has signed a contract to pretend to be Juliet's boyfriend--a role he couldn't afford to pass up. But when sparks fly between Ryan and the wrong sister, the weekend takes an interesting turn! With hilarious side characters (a pot-smoking, serious-gaming granny with a penchant for Manhattans?) and heart-touching romance, this will be a classic when adapted for film.

About The Author

Delancey is a USA Today Bestselling author who focuses on romantic comedy. She writes from Denver, CO, delivering books with humor, heat and heart.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Delancey Stewart

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

9781393619994

Genre

DRAMA, COMEDY, ROMANCE

Brief

Tess prepares for her Gran's 90th birthday party. What she isn't prepared for is falling in love with her movie star sister's new boyfriend when they fly in for the party. Unfortunately Tess's sister, Juliet, chose Tess's sister ultimate movie star crush as Juliet's rebound guy from her nasty divorce. Tess's crush and Juliet's boyfriend, Ryan, struggles to stay true to his contract with Juliet for his career and his feelings for Tess for his future.

Overall Rating

EXCELLENT

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: EXCELLENT

Structure: EXCELLENT

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

The logline perfectly encapsulates the narrative. The only difference between the profile and the story is that the short summary states that Tess is expecting Juliet and in the book it is described in the story that Juliet's visit is more of a surprise based on Juliet's lack of communication effort as a busy Hollywood star rather. In the short summary it states that she expects her sister to arrive.

Draw of Story

The characters are so well lived-in and deeper than expected. The inner conflicts match the external conflicts in a neat little puzzle of waiting for one character to find out a new piece of information which creates new problems or fixes other problems depending.

Possible Drawbacks

No resolution for the security guard Jack and Gran's chicken, Chess. It was very amusing side "romance" and the chicken isn't given a happy ending or included in the epilogue. It is a gap in the otherwise airtight narrative.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Tess has a huge crush on her sister's new boyfriend and he in turn is unable to control his feelings about Tess. Tess is unaware that her sister's relationship is for press and thinks that Ryan's trying to cheat on her sister like a sleazebag with Tess. Meanwhile, Tess's sister, Juliet, is secretly seeing one of her security guards to get over her divorce.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a huge fanbase as a fresh romantic comedy. The added layer of being true to oneself for all three characters in the love triangle is particularly appealing to the post-COVID people finding freedom away from the city and prioritizing family over career.

Awards Potential

As a romantic comedy this is unlikely to gain nominations for serious awards, but could definitely do well in the popular awards circuit.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE PROPOSAL, EASY A, FOREVER MY GIRL, STARSTRUCK, LET IT SNOW

What’s New About the Story

The romantic comedy is a fresh take on the fake romance trope. The resolution hits the perfect mark, but the characters' internal issues are slightly repetitive between the total family reveal and preparing for the party. By making Tony more of a consistent threat this would make this subplot more authentic to push Ryan to not lose Tess despite all the complications. Also the third love story of the chicken and the security guard is adorable and needs proper closure given how much it is mentioned.

Lead Characters

Tess is fiery and passionate but also filled with common sense. Ryan is conflicted and transformative with a lot of heart and respect for the Manchester sisters. He tows the line well navigating the complicated web of lies. Juliet is resilient and ultimately learns selflessness.

Uniqueness of Story

This is a rare gem of a romantic comedy in that is has a comforting trope but is filled with eccentricity and surprises. The character's inner conflicts and interpersonal development are intricate and well done. Everyone is dynamic and layered with good pacing based about the long weekend party.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie

Analyst Recommendation

RECOMMEND