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Happily Ever After [Kindle Edition]

Harriet Evans
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 wants to be able to afford to buy a coffee and croissant every morning; and after seeing what divorce did to her parents—especially her mum—she doesn’t believe in happy endings.

Elle moves to London. She gets a job at Bluebird Books, a charmingly old-fashioned publisher. She falls out of bars, wears too-short skirts, makes lots of mistakes, and feels like she’s learning nothing and everything at the same time. And then, out of the blue, she falls in love, and that’s when she realizes just how much growing up she has to do.

Ten years on, Elle lives in New York, and you could say she has found success; certainly her life has changed in ways she could never have predicted. But no matter where you go and how much you try to run away, the past has a funny way of catching up with you. . . .

Editorial Reviews


A wonderful book to curl up with on a chilly night. (Stacey Bartlett The Bookseller)

About the Author

Harriet Evans is the internationally bestselling author of Going Home, A Hopeless Romantic, The Love of Her Life, I Remember You, Love Always, Happily Ever After, and Not Without You. She lives in London. Visit her website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 804 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145167726X
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061OHTLW
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing June 26, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading the book, and I found it depressing. I'm not sure if it's a cultural difference, since the author is British, and I'm American, but I found it less than uplifting. Don't get me wrong, I kept reading and didn't want to stop, but it was mostly because I was waiting for her to find someone who I actually wanted to root for. I didn't feel this way about the main guy--wasn't sure what she saw in him. The timing was a little jumpy, but I liked how the book spanned a good amount of time in the character's life. I guess I just wanted it to make me a little more jealous that my life wasn't like hers--I came away thinking that I've got it pretty good. Usually, I like to escape in a novel, and I was ready to escape from this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 20 something in the Big City June 15, 2012
By J Rob
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fairly hefty read at nearly 500 pages, but they went by quickly. This author is quite easy to read. I didn't really care for the main character and occasionally I wanted to shake her at tell her to wise up. But, as a 20 something with a rough family dynamic, it is hard to be wise. All in all an enjoyable read, but not particularly upbeat through most of the book. In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too long and no sympathetic characters July 25, 2012
I was excited about this book, but it never caught on. I kept reading and reading, waiting for something to happen. There were all these snippets, but nothing seemed to really connect. Just as I was starting to get into the story, it would fast-forward several years into the future. I think the book could have done with some additional editing (ironic since it's about a book editor). It's also odd that the book went on for so long and then seemed to rush together at the end. Almost as if the writer got tired of it all and just tried to wrap things up. I didn't love any of the characters; not even Eleanor. Her father and brother were excessively awful and cruel, with never any real explanation for their behavior. The sister-in-law seemed a bit nuts but they never really explored it well enough. The mom could have been an interesting character, but again we barely learned much about her. Eleanor herself seemed weirdly cold. I was also really perplexed by the Libby character; I didn't understand how the two could go from being so close to near-enemies. It was as if she became a completely different character later in the book. The most annoying part came in the last few chapters with the odd and incredibly forced "breakthrough" dinner at her brother's house and then the very flat and chemistry-less reunion with Tom Scott. After 474 pages, I was incredibly annoyed with myself for having wasted my time reading it all to find no satisfying conclusion. I felt cheated, actually. I think this book would have been better at about half that length.

Oh and there was this one weird part I didn't understand. She apparently landed an important client by complimenting her brooch in the ladies room and there was a whole thing about nobody knowing what a "brooch" is and clarifying that it's a "pin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Read. October 28, 2013
I picked up this book mainly because of the book cover and title; I love books and bookstores - and the title intrigued me. Finished the book today and while Elle drove me crazy at times I enjoyed the story line. There were so many moments where I myself thought or felt the same way as Elle - and while it's not always pretty and wonderful, it is true. A few times I had to go back and count the years between chapters just to keep up; and I did feel Ms. Evans hurried a few bits along but overall a good read. I also liked the note from the author in the back with some of her favorite books (which I've not read and have ordered) - just like Elle, Ms. Evans knows people want to read good books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Satisfying November 23, 2013
By Maggail
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Absolutely love Harriet Evans! She tells a terrific story of a young woman starting out in London, her friends, loves, and dysfunctional family. The story continues through time in stops, telling of significant parts of her life. I laughed at parts, and cried at other parts. When I had finished reading the book, I was sorry it was over, but I felt satiated, like after a seven course meal. If you've read Harriet Evans before, you won't be disappointed. If you haven't, you have found a new favorite author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not a favourite for me! January 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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 straight away. Her life is made so complicate by her incessant need to worry about everything. She comes across as a very naïve girl trying to make her way amongst the other more glamorous women working in publishing.

Her boss Rory was also a character that I didn't particularly like, although that didn't change throughout the book. The story was interesting and Harriet Evans writing style is very easy to read. However, the first part of the book was set in 1997 and then there was a jump to a few years later as we literally see Elle grow up.

As each section of the book takes us to a point further in Elle's life, I admit I liked her a little more, but her life itself left a lot to be desired. Some of the other characters in the book stuck around for longer than others but only one or two stuck out for me. Elle's friend Tom was a nice guy, as was Sam her flatmate, but the rest just didn't sit well with me.

The further into the book I got the more I enjoyed it, but towards the end which took place in 2008 over ten years later I felt like the story hadn't quite taken the turn I expected. The story held interest for me, and I actually liked the fact that we see Elle grow up but by the time I finished I wasn't quite sure how I felt.
Did I enjoy it? Yes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant enough; but it was obvious how the book ...
Pleasant enough; but it was obvious how the book was going to end. After a while, I just started skimming.
Published 5 months ago by Bookin'
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok read
An ok read. Not as great as The Love of Her Life, which I really loved, but still quite a good book.
Published 14 months ago by carolyn lewis
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
A horrible, raunchy, terribly written novel. I began this novel with gusto and the story did draw me in at first. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JP Hidore
2.0 out of 5 stars Did This Have to be So Downbeat??
I saw this book at a bookstore and it looked interesting. And the title, "Happily Ever After," kind of led me to believe that it would be breezy and upbeat. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Language foul
The language and content were so distasteful that I quit reading it. Could not handle finishing it. I wish I would not have purchased it. Will notpurchase any of this author again.
Published 21 months ago by shopping gal
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
A bit confusing at times, with lots of characters to follow and timespans to consider, but a jolly good read.
Published 22 months ago by Julie Jacobs
3.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing but not great...
I can normally read a good book in a day or two. This book took me a little over a few weeks to read. I started reading it and then lost interest and then picked it up again. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Brooke
4.0 out of 5 stars Character Development Lets You Invest in Main Character
Happily Ever After was my first Harriet Evans book, and you can be sure I will be reading all her other novels. Read more
Published on September 14, 2012 by Michele Fontanelli
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a fun read
As a brit-chick-lit lover, I bought this expecting another fun and enjoyable read. It was completely the opposite! Read more
Published on September 5, 2012 by bookbum
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Real!
Happily Ever After by Harriet Evans is a somewhat typical growing up story. Growing up in the English countryside, Eleanor Bee wants to work in publishing. Read more
Published on August 29, 2012 by Bibliophagista
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More About the Author

Hi readers! If you've stopped by because you're interested in buying one of my books, welcome! If you've stopped by because you thought you'd typed Harry Potter, I'm sorry, and have a nice day. I live in London, and I write full time, having given up my job (working in publishing) to do so four years ago. I live with my partner Chris (half American) and our little girl Cora (thus a quarter American, if that's how fractions work. Is that how fractions work?) near the canal. At the moment Cora likes watching the swans and the boats go by. She also likes asking, 'Who dat man? Who dat lady?' of every single person we walk past - fun times!

My new novel, Not Without You, is out in February 2014. It's about two film stars and is set in Hollywood. I've had seven books published in the States now, I can't believe how lucky I am. It might be the highlight of my whole writing career, the first time I went into Barnes and Noble in Union Square in New York and saw Going Home, my first book, there on the table.

I also have an e-novella out at the moment, called RULES FOR DATING A ROMANTIC HERO. It's short - 20,000 words, and it's I hope sweet! It's a little sequel to A Hopeless Romantic, but it doesn't matter if you've read that book or not. It's about a girl dating the most eligible bachelor in the UK and what it's like to be a normal girl going out with a Marquess who owns a huge estate. I loved writing it.

I really love hearing from my US readers so please do stop by my Facebook page to say hi or find me on Twitter, @HarrietEvans. And thanks for reading this!
Harrie x

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