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Happy Ever(ywhere) After

4.83  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  27 reviews
My future is bleak. I shiver at the prospect of having a nine-to-five work routine, a white-collar husband, a thirty-year mortgage, and a mountain of diapers to keep myself entertained. It is a dream of every girl in my town, a sensible dream, but for me, it feels like shackles and chains.

All I’ve ever wanted was to be free, leave this suffocating den of drudgery and trav
Paperback, 1, 459 pages
Published December 8th 2018 by Independently Published (first published December 6th 2018)
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Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Happy Ever(ywhere) After is an epic tale of womanhood, love, heartbreak, and religious discovery. It's packed full of such vivid realism that enthralled me, made me question life, and left me thinking about it long afterward.

Elena Leman's words tugged at my heart, filled me with hope, and cut me with the pain and loneliness of self-discovery. I cannot recommend it enough and will be (im)patiently waiting for her next novel.
Cecily Wolfe
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling and enlightening journey with adventure and romance that made me feel as if I was enjoying Kamila's physical travels as I was engaged with her personal journey as well. This meaningful story features exceptional writing that makes this story a standout that will appeal to readers of a variety of fiction and those looking for inspiration and hope as they pursue their own inner travels. ...more
E.M. Swift-Hook
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Self-Discovery Travelling The World

Kamila is running from a bad relationship when she leaves her home in Poland. But the words of a fortune teller in Turkey set her on a new path, journeying both around the world and in search of herself and her spirituality.

What I Really Enjoyed:

This is an awesome book. It educates you like the best kind of travelogue might do, but with Kamila as a companion and guide, it felt more as if one was living it all with her than viewing it through the windows of a to
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Happy Ever(ywhere) After took me on a beautiful journey and I didn’t even leave my bed. It's a bit like Eat, Pray, Love Eat, Pray, Love but on a budget and with much more sex. Kamila, the main heroine, is a fresh graduate from Poland, which I thought was extra intriguing, as her worldview was very different from the one an American protagonist would have.

So Kamila embarks on a journey across six countries completely on whim, encouraged by a fortuneteller. Actually, any choice that girl ever mak
Thomas O.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Happy Ever(ywhere) After is, at its core, a love story. And by that, I mean love of exploration, love of new experiences, love of dance, love of foreign lands, and yes, even some romantic story-lines are threaded throughout. Meet Kamila, a woman with an extreme case of wanderlust who lives and works in six different countries throughout the course of the book. We first find her in Turkey, having just graduated from university and dreading the thought of returning to her native Poland and its lim ...more
Kameron Williams
Loved it!

This was an unexpected treat of a story, where excitement, adventure and romance abound. As someone who considers himself to be well traveled and culturally aware, I was surprised and delighted at how many new things I learned in just the first few chapters. Pura Vida!

On top of this, the prose was crisp and engaging, and there were several occasions where I meant to read only for a half hour or so, but was completely sucked in and kept reading and lost track of time. It was that good. B
Leah Lopez
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
I don’t usually read travel memoirs, nor spiritual/inspirational/visionary books (whatever you call them). But I clicked on this one because it’s about my beloved hometown, Barranquilla, and I wanted to see what the author has to say about it.

Let me just tell you… I loved it! It was so cool to read about the school I used to go to, the bars and beaches, about our amazing carnival! Quien lo vive, es quien lo goza! I was pissed at first at the author for not liking Colombian girls but soon she ma
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn’t decide between giving this book four and five stars but I've finally gave it the highest note for one reason: I’ve learned so much about the world from this story.

I've never before heard of Ayahusaca or San Pedro cactus, nor of Happy Shakes, or Thaipusam. I’ve never felt an urge to travel and certainly not to Asia but (ironically) HEA made me wanna see Hong Kong on my own eyes. I wonder if it’s indeed such an otherworldly, futuristic city with a "glass soul."

The author has a way to t
Jaime Chérigo
For me, this book is so much more than just another reading, another story. The way Elena (the author) tells her story easily makes me forget I have a book between my hands and I often feel like watching an exciting movie, or traveling around the world in my imagination, with Kamila (the main character) in her numerous (and often unpredictable) adventures. I just love how with this story it's so easy to feel like you're visiting, discovering, and even tasting, so many countries, from different p ...more
Elani Roman
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will leave you inspired to find your Pura Vida. I love dancing and cultural dances, night life, local references to the culture, was amazingly done by the author. The meatphors and descriptive language was so thoughtful and fresh. The way the text flowed was so lyrical. The different interactions with people, brought back alot of memories for me of my own experices with my friends and family ( My family comes from Carribean culture). The easy flow of the story and vivid details will ma ...more
Robert Rosado
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tend to be very picky about what I read because of my limited time i have in a day to even get a chapter of any book done. So its hard for me to commit to anything without having an idea of what I am getting into. Combine that with the fact that as an eye witness to 9/11 when living in NY, and driving by ground zero every day during work, reminding me of the incident, The idea of traveling around the world is just completely intimidating to me.

In comes Elena Leman to the rescue. To show me th
Kimberlyn Day
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an adventure! I loved this exciting story and the way it hops and skips from one locale to the next; the unpredictable, endearing main character (Kamila) forgoes logic in most of her decisions and instead uses signs from the Universe. It truly was an adventure and I never knew what would happen next. Love was a big theme, as was sex. Kamila explored her boundaries and struggled to break free of stereotypes. It was refreshing. A bit like Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert…but also not like ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely, dreamy novel! Definitely one of the best books I've read this year. Somehow, it reminds me of a female, contemporary version of The Little Prince or The Catcher in the Rye. Just like Holden Caulfield, Kamila glides across her reality full of random encounters. We follow her stream of consciousness across the world, learn with her, laugh with her, cry with her… Fail with her and get on our feet, again, and again, and again.

Kamila’s a wonderful protagonist—wide-eyed, a bit self-abs
Steve Cantwell
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The blurb for this book states that it is “inspired by the author’s nomadic lifestyle”. I assume from this and the style of the writing that it is at least semi-autobiographical.
It certainly feels real. The descriptions are vivid and engaging, and you really feel her passion, frustration, loneliness, and many other emotions as she takes you on her journey.
The story takes you through Kamila’s loves, heartbreaks and spiritual adventures as she lives and works in one corner of the world after anot
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're ready for any changes in your life but don't know where to start or need to make just one more step, then it's your book! I was lucky to read it when felt lost and didn't know whether I was going in the right direction.
The book is written by the girl from your neighborhood, the girl who comes from a small place, but grew out of it. As all the other people who seek for more in their lives, she had to go through people's opinion and breaking stereotypes proving to herself that she deser
Cátia Graça
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that it was one of the best books I've read so far. It grasped me since the first word and took me in a journey from which I didn't want to leave. More than adventures experienced while travelling, it guides you through an interesting self-discovery journey, adorned with mysticism, magic and beauty. Appropriate for any kind of reader, from lone-travelers, desperate housewives and well-established business men, everyone will feel that they make part of this incredible story. ...more
José A.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a fun book about self-development, traveling and womanhood. I must confess that it is not the type of literature I consume regularly, but I got trapped since the very beginning. Witty sometimes, very descriptive most of the time, it transports you into de places the main character lives throughout the chapters.

A good option to read on holidays.
Anna Ceachirova
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved everything about this book! An "Eat, Pray Love" but with a different spin. I connected to Kamila, the protagonist on so many different levels as a woman, a traveler, a searcher and a believer in magic. Elena Leman takes you into her own unique world or adventure, love, heartbreak, and personal growth in such a unique and awesome way. Highly recommended! ...more
Elena Leman
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: literary, new-age, travel
As the author, I can't say if Happy Ever(ywhere) After is any good. I'm like the mother who will love her child no matter what. But one thing is sure--I've put a whole lot of effort into giving birth to this story. Writing it took five months of delirious joy, interspersed with doubts, sleepless nights, and gecko chirps. What followed was five years of rewriting... and recrying.

At times, I abandoned the book. I was sure I would never ever muster the courage to bring it to the light of day. But
Mary Elizabeth Hughes
“Happy Ever(ywhere) After” is the story of adventure and many kinds of exploration which I took to be non-fiction. To some extent it is a coming of age chronicle. Elena Leman begins her story with a great opening chapter. She's having her fortune told by an old crone in a Turkish cafe and is advised to wait for the glance of a red-eyed frog.

Divided into 59 chapters, all enticingly named, Elena Leman begins her story in Turkey where she is doing graduate work in English. Looking for the next ste
Iwona Orlowska
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly wonderful and intimate journey that made me smile, laugh and think deeply about the decisions we make and what drives us to explore the world. There were so many moments when I could associate myself with the protagonist, Kamila, and truly understand her life choices. I left my country just after university and accepted an internship abroad. It opened a whole new world to me. I loved reading about Kamila’s experience, adventures, friendships, and hardships. It is the type of book that I ...more
Joe Eagleman
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Elena Leman begins her story as her main character, Kamila, is having her fortune told and is very skeptical when she is advised to wait for the glance of a red-eyed frog.

The book is divided into 59 chapters. The author begins her story in Turkey and is unsure where she is headed when she joins a student association that offers internship opportunities all over the world. She picks up a brochure for Costa Rica and sees the red-eyed frog and her journey begins. She offers great detail about Cost
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Happy Ever(ywhere) After is a wonderful story of a young woman's travel, spiritual and life experiences. I loved going on this vivid journey with Kamila. Elena's descriptions of idyllic lands and different cultures hooked me in from the start. I felt, and revelled in all of the highs and lows of the main character throughout the book. It was so easy to relate to Kamila and join her on this epic trip of self discovery, freedom and adventure. There is no glossing over the less glamorous aspects of ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part travelogue, part novel, this story weaves the two together quite well. It begins with the protagonist Kamila gets some advice from a strange old woman, a fortune teller, and follows it, taking off to travel all around the world and having all sorts of eye-opening adventures along the way. It would be a fun read for someone who wants to travel to these places about what to prepare for if one plans on going to these places, or just imagine about if one wants to travel to these places, but can ...more
Leanne Gradwell
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, wander-lust inspiring read. Anyone who has ever felt the pull of the travel bug, or who has ever left home behind to start a new life somewhere else, will enjoy Happy Ever(ywhere) after. Personally I loved the descriptions that transported me across continents with Kamila, and the relatable revelations on life and spirituality that came along the way. <3
Vanessa Morgan
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with this book – crazy, madly, deeply in love. It takes you across the world to countries such as Costa Rica and Turkey and is filled with spirituality, joy, love, sun, and adventure. Expect to book your next plane ticket after reading Happy Ever(ywhere) After.
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Elena Leman is a traveler, poet, English teacher, and the author of Shadowlight series and Happy Ever(ywhere) After. Her twelve years of expat life in Turkey, Costa Rica, Colombia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Italy, Brazil, and Portugal filled her imagination with mystical rituals, exotic folklore, thirst for adventure, and a bit of drama—all the essential ingredients for a page-turner. Current ...more

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