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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  2,059 ratings  ·  279 reviews
In her blockbuster international bestsellers, Harriet Evans perfectly captures the complex lives of young twenty-first-century career women with an “effortlessly readable . . . comic style and loveable characters” (Marie Claire, UK).

At twenty-two, Eleanor Bee is sure about three things: she wants to move to London and become a literary superstar; she w
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published 2012)
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I read a book by Harriet Evans earlier in the year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was looking forward to reading her latest book but wasn’t prepared for the bumper book that landed on my doorstep. At 420 pages it’s certainly a hefty book but that didn’t put me off at all.

The book starts off early in Elle’s life when she was a young girl and then quickly moves to her starting out her working life doing the one thing she loves; books! Elle is a character that if I am being honest I didn’t warm to st
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Leah
For the first time in a long time, possibly ever, I am wondering what to write for my review of a book. I’ve struggled with Harriet Evans’s novels in the past – I didn’t even finish I Remember You – but I like to give authors another chance and I loved the sound of Happily Ever After. I adore books about books, who doesn’t? It’s fabulous. And rare. For most of the novel, the title distracted me, because it didn’t seem there would ever be a happy ending, that Elle was far too cynical about love f ...more
Staci
To say I read this book on a whim of sorts is an understatement. When I first read the title, ‘Happily Ever After’ that was almost enough for me to put it back but something about the cover art, a girl standing in front of a bookshop in London, my heart just had to have it. I saw a little of myself in that cover, having done the very some thing when I found the bookshop from ‘Notting Hill’ (1999) with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, I just stood there and stared. Anyway, back to the book…

It follow
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Jackie Morrison

The choices we makes in the past haunt us forever

Harriet Evans has established herself as a leading author of women's literature. The British writer has already published several books that touch upon the themes of the modern woman's struggle with relationships and love. While this genre is certainly covered by many other authors, Evans is without doubt original and refreshing with her formula-free tales. In Happily Ever After Evans brings us a new story about the perils of being young and sear
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Jenn O'Brien
I have two books that have to be returned to the library within a day of each other. I was debating which one to pick up and because of my interest in the London Olympics - the British book won the contest … but for me, did not make it into the medal round.

I had a dickens of time (pun intended) trying to sympathize with the main character … or even like her. I think that is primarily why I didn’t enjoy the book. I think she reminded me a little too much of Bridget Jones - trying to find her way
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Jennifer
Jun 13, 2012 Jennifer rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one :(
I was really actually disappointed in this book. Which killed me because I LOVE all the other Harriet Evans Novels. This story just jumped around far to much throughout the years. I never felt a connection with the main character, found her kind of annoying actually. And didn't even see her connection with main love interest. There was no real plot in the story except that you follow this girl through the years. Which would of been fine expect she is also kind of boring. Love, Always and The Lov ...more
Barbara Elsborg
I wanted to like this. I did like parts of it. I sort of fell in and out of liking all the way through. My biggest problem was with the main character. I just didn't like her enough to stay interested. The jumping around confused me to start with - well jumping forward. I get that Ms Evans was showing the heroine's love life -or rather just her life, but I found it distracting. It was obvious who she needed to be with. Lack of communication was a major player and I found it frustrating that for ...more
Margaret
The title and cover both implied to me that this was going to be a light piece of chick lit which I do enjoy reading among other genres. In fact, a bestselling author's comment about the book being "funny" helped to clinch the deal when it came time for me to step up to the check-out desk at the library.
I was disappointed throughout the book. It was not the light chick-lit reading that I was prepared for, but something made me stick with my reading. For me, the book was full of darkness and I wa
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Debbie :)
I thoroughly enjoyed David Nicholl's One Day and wanted to look for another book with a similar setting (general fiction, chick-lit, modern England etc).

So far, the premise seems decent and the main character easily identifiable to people around my age range (20-ish year old young adults who are unsure of life).

That said, it might be just me but I have a pet peeve about the author's writing style. Some (actually many) of the sentence structures and adjectives used in the book are awkward and t
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Chelsey
This book sucked.
By reading the teaser I thought that it would suit my general taste in reading material.
However, it was NOT good.
Am very surprised at how many 5 star ratings it has received.
I love books, and never skim them. I always finish reading them.
Well, this is the first book that I gave up reading after 2/3 done because it was so horribly dull and depressing.

I think it had the potential to be good, but it was missing something.

I hated the way the characters talked, using half sent
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Smelleykins
I really wanted to like this book. The concept of the story I could relate to. A girl who doesn’t really believe in happy endings, happy families and wants to really come out of her shell, prove she’s actually someone. But this disappointed me so much. The main character, Eleanor Bee (Ellie or Elle), was just annoying. She tried to please everyone, but didn’t even think about stuff like a logical person should. There seemed to be far too many love interests for her, and it took away what I was e ...more
Gaelle
Je confirme le coup de coeur. Une très jolie histoire douce amère où l'héroïne doit se trouver elle-même avant toute autre chose. Ellie aura des hauts et des bas mais elle vécut heureuse : p
Cathy
This wasn't exactly what I expected. I'm starting to think that the first ever Harriet Evans I ever read, was one that was more up my alley.

I did like this, but I didn't love it. Her stories never seem to be a cut and dry happily ever after, which is a little ironic given this one's title. They are realistic, I suppose. They're certainly messy and real life can certainly be that. The thing is, I don't always want messy. There are romance books where I truly appreciate it if it's more realictic
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Anne Brooke
I started off actually liking this well enough, as the set-up was very powerful. I particularly enjoyed Elle’s difficult relationship with her brother – that scene at the start when they’re children is simply brilliant. Sadly, we don’t stay in this childhood moment as we’re quickly tumbled into Elle as a young woman trying to make her way in the publishing world.

Entirely due to the great start, I was prepared to give Elle the benefit of the doubt and kept my determination going for a good 100 pa
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Kim
My first Harriet Evans novel. I was excited, a book about a book editor who doesn't believe in love. The book starts off slow, it was difficult to get through the first 100 pages. The story doesn't really have a plot, the main character kind of just goes about her life. About 3 times in the book, it skips a few years and what happens in between is not really explained. The main character doesn't even seem too invested in the love interest. The only part I liked about this book was a chance to se ...more
Laura
This is the third book by Harriet Evans I've read in the past few weeks after discovering The Love of Her Life at the library used book sale for a quarter, and then borrowing A Hopeless Romantic from the library soon after. Her books clearly have a formula--young woman unhappy in love, meets a new man, doesn't trust herself, runs away (often to New York), focuses on work and improves herself, former love returns, and happy ending ensues. This must be a compelling formula for thirty-somethings, b ...more
Arielle
I identified with the main character of this story, Elle, so strongly it was scary. I'm 22 and a wannabe writer currently working in journalism with no idea what to do or where to go next. I found this book because, after spending the summer of 2010 in London, I desperately want to go back and have been devouring anything British. I didn't realize I was looking for this book until I started reading it, and now I count my lucky stars that I did find it.

Elle's life is quite different from mine. S
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Sarah


It was a okay book. I liked it enough to keep reading but it seemed to drag on in some parts. Happily Ever After is about a girl Elle who is wondering about life and how things work out the way they do. Specifically with love. Her parents divorced and she immersed herself in the kind of thinking that comes with losing yourself in piles of romance books. The fairytale ending is just that: a fairytale.
What I liked most about the book was that Elle was in publishing. I love books about books and
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Floriana Amoruso
Ho deciso che questo libro mi sarebbe piaciuto ancora prima di cominciarlo, o meglio già dalle prime pagine.

L'ironia, in tutto ciò, era che lei sapeva esattamente quel che avrebbe voluto fare!
Lo sapeva da sempre!
Voleva lavorare con i libri, leggere buona letteratura, incontrare scrittori e imparare come si editano i testi, lanciarsi in discussioni...
Sapeva bene che avrebbe dovuto iniziare dalla gavetta e non le importava;
al contrario, era sicura che le sarebbe piaciuto.

Eleanor con un passato dif
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Courteney
i've made it to page 117 but i'm stopping reading because i don't feel like it's going anywhere. It keeps skipping years and leaving me confused and wanting to know what happened after something but not getting to find out and instead left with boring other parts.
I first picked up this book because of the title, i thought it may have been said ironically and that it wasn't actually going to be a happily ever after but after reading the blurb i quite liked elle's opinion on no happy ending.
I also
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Anita Johnson
Eleanor (Elle) Bee starts out as a young, klutzy dreamer in need of a job. She desperately wants to get into the publishing industry and manages, through a total fluke, to get an entry level position at Bluebird Books. Her life changes over the years, through her move from London to New York City, varioius relationships and career success. This is the perfect book to curl up with and tune out the world. There's a part of Elle in any young woman who ever felt insecure but passionate in her goal t ...more
Staci
So happy that I bought this book! The front cover called to me and the story within the covers was one that spoke to me. A girl who loves reading and loves romance novels AND lives in London?? How could I resist? Smartly written and a main character that feels like a friend, this book was a winner all the way around. Will read more by this author!
Laura
Ah. This book was so much different to its blurb. Instead of a fantasy book wonderland in pubblishing (which it was at the begginning) it was really based on her mum's drinking issues... and all the emotions in the family. This book had its funny/romantic/good moments and it had some bad ones. Unfortunaly I didn't even like all those good moments. I thought Elle (main character) was immature (at the beginning) had drinking and sexual problems.. was it 5 or 6 men she slept with?
This book was jus
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Melinda Elizabeth
I don't know why this book took me so long to read, I can only say it's because it was rather run of the mill. Elle loves books, publishing and the idea of living in London. Out of university, she finds it hard to find a job thats suited to her, until divine intervention throws a paper in her face thats weeks old, with a job in the ring part of the paper, an ad no-one has answered.

Being the only person applying for the job made it easy for her to snatch it, and made a lifelong friend in the proc
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Danica
I read this book thanks to the recommendation of a friend, who decided that Elle Bee and I were the same person.

She was right. I binge-read the book because I couldn't help but see myself in every sentence.

This just may be one of these books I will keep forever. I love the cover (not so much that my copy is a paperback, but I can live with that). It's charming and looks classy. I picked it up, expecting one of those books you read after you've been working all year and take a two week vacation t
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Ruth
I thoroughly enjoyed Evans' portrayal of a young woman who is embarking on her career. After graduating from university, Elle moves to London and crashes in a friend's apartment. She dreams of a job in publishing but breaking into a publishing house is the first blip on her adult life. Through a total error she at long last ends up getting a job at Bluebird Publishing House and is excited to become someone who can take her lunch in the park with the other workers. From here, we follow Elle throu ...more
Shonna
I am thankful to have read this book, mostly in part to open my eyes to a genre (Women's Fiction) that I'm not particularly drawn to. I like my books with a little more grit, and especially with strong women/characters or completely broken characters or those on the brink of tragedy/life jarring change. I know it's a read I've enjoyed when I look back to see what quotes/parts I've dogeared, since those parts are generally speaking to a special corner of my soul/brain/heart, and the book is a mes ...more
Jenn
Unsure what to expect, I started two books at the same time just in case I would get bored or frustrated with this story. However, I couldn't put it down. It was a very easy read, the story flowed nicely, although sometimes the jumps in months or even years required me to orientate myself anew (this didn't not take long, though).
I found the main character was more fleshed out and life-like throughout the first part of the book as compared to the second part where the plot focuses more on the co
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mandyfujita
Eleanor (Elle) Bee is a delightful character. She is young and hopeful and knows that she wants to be an editor someday, but just getting experience was going to be an uphill battle. She has just graduated and is trying to find a job. Her classmate convinces her to interview in London since all the large publishing houses are there.

She goes from one interview to another and does hopelessly bad in all of them. She starts getting depressed and her temporary roommates are getting irritated with h
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Tanya Vaughn
Exact Rating: 4.5 Stars
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So darn identifiable

That's the first thing I could hear myself muttering after I kept the book down. Truth be told, it felt a little scary to relate to Elle so much. Right from the starting struggle and everything..... Elle's attitude in the first part of her life shows a few readers something that they've afraid to bring themselves out on.


By far, this is my most favourite Harriet Evans book. I think this is one of the realistic fictions that I like more than I'd

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