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Happily Ever After

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  2,840 Ratings  ·  346 Reviews
A poignant, romantic, and delightful new novel about a young woman who refuses to believe happy endings are real, from internationally bestselling author Harriet Evans.

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 chara
Paperback, 496 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published 2012)
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Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2013
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
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
So I tend to re-read this book a lot because it is a really long book. And I have to say it is not really the romance aspect of this book that causes me to still read it. It is the totally messed up circumstances that are going on in the main character's life that for some odd reason speak to me. Maybe it is because Eleanor is a flawed character that has many regrets. And it was nice to follow a character from the age of 22 to the age of 33 where they were finally starting to get their stuff tog ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jackie Morrison
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jenn O'Brien
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: february
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
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
Suraya (thesuraya)
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
"I just don't like stories where it's obvious who they are going to end up with. Real life's just not like that."

it was ok. really liked the first hundred pages. it felt relatable and nice. the words spoke to ne at sone point. REALLY LOVE THE BOOKISH ELEMENT.

but idk as the plot progresses, it also gets more draggy and i lost interest and yea.....

"I have noticed that when things happen in one's imaginings, they never happen in one's life. So i'm curbing myself."
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
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne Brooke
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Floriana Amoruso
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies

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
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
I always do this. I always fall completely for the idea of books like this, telling myself that they'll be the perfect comfort read in a time of stress and lack of concentration, and I always end up more irritated than relaxed. I never seem to learn.

"Happily Ever After" is a story about a girl that works in the publishing industry. She is a great reader and refers to many wonderful novels throughout the books – in fact, she reads many of my favorites, adores Jane Austen and Dodie Smith, and yet
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein sehr schön zu lesender leichter Roman, ideal für den Sommer. Das Englisch ist gut zu verstehen, auch wenn man nicht so gut darin ist. Der Klappentext gibt die Handlung schon sehr gut wider. Genau das Geschriebene auf der Rückseite erwartet einen beim Lesen. Trotzdem sehr nett. Man lernt Elle und auch ihre Familie, Freunde, Arbeit und ihr Liebesleben sehr gut kennen. Manches ist recht ernst, vieles ist zu komisch. Ein bisschen erinnerte mich Elle an Bridget Jones – chaotisch, ertränkt Kummer ...more
Alexandra Mardlin
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I picked this up as i was in need of an 'easy read' and that is definitely what i got.
The story follows the endearing Eleanor Bee from her teens to her mid-thirties as she navigates a career through the murky waters of publishing, jumps from one confusing man to another and tries to deal with a dysfunctional family and an alcoholic mother. The dialogue fell a little flat in places and lacked originality but on the whole, I felt that Evans portrayed well the inner workings of an ambitious woman
Anita Johnson
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Uneven writing; plot gaps; clunky and by turn trite sentences. Smug references to New York, which were irritating. Vague and unevenly built characters: Tom, who was he? On a positive, if the reader isn't aware of Georgette Heyer prior to reading this, then the introduction to her great novels would make reading this book worthwhile, for that reason alone.
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
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!
Brianne Mize
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A little too sexual for me, but good plot and finding yourself in life.
Alyssa Galindo
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book took me quite a while to get through. I Remember You is still my favorite novel, this one was just different & not at all what I was expecting. Not bad, just different.
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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
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“Everyone's allowed to be in love with the wrong person at some point. In fact, it's a mistake not to be.” 34 likes
“I fell in love with you that summer all those years ago. I never really told you, because of everything that happened. But I suppose I've been in love with you ever since.
Everything's been wrong with us, timing -wise. Hasn't it?
I just wanted you to know I wasn't an idiot, some stupid bastard who wanted to hurt you. I could never do that to you. There were reasons.”
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