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Happily Ever After [Paperback]

Harriet Evans
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Book Description

19 Jan 2012

Absorbing storytelling at its very best, Happily Ever After is the compelling new read from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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 she doesn’t believe in happy endings. She saw what divorce did to her parents, especially her mum: happily ever after’s fine on the last page of a book, but it just doesn’t happen in real life.

Elle moves to London. She gets a job at Bluebird Books, a charmingly old-fashioned publishers. She falls out of pubs, 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 realises just how much growing up she has to do…

Ten years on, and Elle’s life has changed in ways she could never have predicted. Because no matter where you go and how much you try to run away, the past has a funny way of catching up with you, and Happily Ever After comes in all shapes and sizes…

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (19 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007350260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007350261
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi there Amazonians, greetings and thanks for stopping to read this. I have written seven novels (WHAT? how did that happen. That's completely bonkers.) Yes, seven. Anyway while I get over that, what else do you need to know? I live in London, near the canal. I like: the Golden Girls, karaoke, the clothes shop Anthropologie, books books and more books, and my daughter Cora and my boyfriend Chris. Not in that order. I used to work in publishing and look at authors and think well, I can do that! SoI thought I'd fulfill my life-long ambition and try writing a book because how hard can it be? Now I know the answer which is: er, kind of pretty hard. But it's the best job in the world (apart from acting in musicals which one day I also hope to do *stop kidding yourself & get back to work*) and I know that too.

My latest book, NOT WITHOUT YOU, is out now. It's about two film stars, one present-day, one from the 50s and the secret that links them. I loved writing it. I love old films and this was like research, but in my pajamas.

If you'd like to get in touch I would love to hear from you. Please visit my website: http://www.harriet-evans.com/

Or follow me on Twitter @HarrietEvans

Or (this is the last one I promise) check out ma rockin Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/harrietevansbooks

Harrie x

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Heat Number One

‘If you’ve been suffering from chick-lit fatigue, this is the book to give you back the love’ Heat

‘Rosamunde Pilcher rebooted – in the best possible way.’ Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Harriet Evans is the author of five previous novels, Going Home, A Hopeless Romantic, The Love of Her Life, I Remember You and Love Always all of which were bestsellers. She lives in London and now writes full time.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not a favourite for me! 15 Dec 2011
By Best Crime Books TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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 straight away. Her life is made so complicate by her incessant need to worry about everything. She comes across as a very nave 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not light and fluffy 28 Jan 2012
By Louread
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I am a loyal reader and ordered this on release day. Eleanor Bee is the main character and her story evolves from being a teenager in the middle of her parents divorce to Eleanor in her thirties as a successful woman in the publishing world. It addresses alcoholism very well as Eleanor is as much in denial about her mum's drink problem as her mother. The book shows the devastation this disease has on families and touches on the hereditary factor with Elle's grandfather having the same problem and Elle herself at one point. The guilt, secrecy and isolation associated with alcoholism is so well explored and so sad.

There is a wide cast of characters in the book from Rory, the son of her first boss who uses Elle to Tom the book shop owner who appears throughout the book as a solid friend. All characters help the story to evolve including Elle's colleagues and family. At times I wanted to shake Elle for being pathetic and doing silly things, but then I think it made her real and I could relate to her insecurities easily.

The ending was predictable in a way and I wasn't sure whether that was deliberate or not. It was good all the same.

This is not as easy a read as Harriet Evans' other books and I found it hard going at times. However, it is worth a read, but don't expect it to be light and fluffy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another goody 8 Dec 2011
By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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On first sight this book looks like your normal run-of-the-mill chicklit and pretty sure I have said this already about this author but will say again, they are better than the cover might make you think. Eleonor Bee sets off to London. She is 22 and wants to be a literary superstar. She doesn't believe in Happy Ever After having seen what her parent's divorce did to the family and is determined to avoid falling in love and/or getting married. Of course, we know that in the end she will do both those things, but she steadily rises in her profession until she becomes a respected editor working in New York. Along the way she has been involved with various men, some good, some bad and one a total rotter (the most charming naturally), and feels she is pretty male proof. Well, we the reader know better but this is a really well written, funny, witty and amusing book and, as with all the others by this author, I loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsure. Not a bad read, but holes throughout. 1 Feb 2013
By K-O
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I've read all of Harriet Evans books and enjoyed them. I admit I'm a rom com book kind of gal and I don't mind a big book and this book is bigger than previous books, which I thought was great before I opened the pages.

The other reviews here take you through the plot so I won't to do that in more detail because you'll already have a gist of the story.

I will say I started enjoying the book but throughout it kept leaping years and I felt left characters hanging or simply by the time I'd got to the 2 x jump ahead, I'd forgotten who someone was who'd been mentioned before but the jumping forward years had just taken over.

The ending is a bit predictable and you can spot it fairly early but that's not a bad thing. I always enjoy the read getting to the point of them getting together.

All in all it's an okay read, I didn't find myself warming to any of the characters except Felicity maybe but I thought by the size of the book we'd cover more, not less and it has the feeling of someone editing and taking chunks out to avoid more pages which is sad and leaves you feeling like you missed out on the in between period, or the plot timing should have been different so you didn't have such big time gaps with missing information/plots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I needed to replace a library book and this was the best way to do so - I also have the library book now so I can share it with friends and family
Published 3 months ago by Susan Hayward
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Amazingly written, the storie captures you throughout with a few surprises! I literally couldn't put it down, beautifully written, love Harriet Evans for this work
Published 7 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Have just really enjoyed this book Harriet Evans is a good writer have only just discovered her books. I am now on my fifth book and would recommend them
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. L. B. Marsden
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual romance
Buying this book,I thought I was getting something slightly pessimistic purely due to realism of it, still expecting a classical ending. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Luna_Belli
4.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit with a heart
Harriet Evans is an author whose name I had heard a lot of via facebook.

I adore the cover. Read more
Published 13 months ago by K. L. Beeden
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Love Harriet Evans and this is another fantastic book from her. Really enjoyed all the way through, perfect summer reading.
Published 13 months ago by Sparkle
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite read
OK must admit I found this book hard work and the storyline rather depressing. But am going to read another of this author's books just to see if another would be better.
Published 13 months ago by mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book by Harriet Evans
Every book I have read by Harriet Evans is brilliant and this one is no exception. I actually think it is one of my favourites and I literally could not put it down!
Published 15 months ago by Jo Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridget Jones with fewer jokes
I liked this book, it was a clever, knowing take on the Bridget Jones genre and romance novels in general, with Elle, a fan of the books coming of age in the Nineties and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Baffled
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect written :-) Loved it
I saw that book in the magazine or rather the advert of it and that was how i first time heard of Harriet Evans ,i looked and searched for it as no english speaking country hard to... Read more
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