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Preview — Happily Ever After by Harriet Evans
Happily Ever After
At twenty-two, Eleanor Bee is sure about three things: she wants to move to London and become a literary superstar; she w ...more
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 ...more
It follow ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Elle's life is quite different from mine. S ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book was jus ...more
Being the only person applying for the job made it easy for her to snatch it, and made a lifelong friend in the proc ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
I was born in London in 1974 and grew up on the mean streets of Chiswick, where I went to school. I was a completely undistinguished pupil in every way, except I absolutely loved reading and drama. My only achievements from the age of 5 to 18 were, a) winning a doodling competition at primary school (of a witch flying in the sky with balloons ...more
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