I finished reading Happily Ever After by Harriet Evans back in July for a Gallery Books blog tour.
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. . . .
It took me a while to get into this book. There was just something about Ella that annoyed me. I could never really put my finger on what it was though.
But once Ella fell in love, I got more into it. And when she got heartbroken, I could totally relate to her. And I liked reading about how she grew through the years.
I also liked the "books" aspect of the story. I found it interesting as I've always wondered if I should have been an editor.
I liked the ending. Everything summed up nicely and its what I wanted to happen.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 54
Completely Contemp Challenge 2012: 2012-12
2012 Mammoth Book Challenge: 4
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for
free Gallery and Pocket Book Blog Tours for an honest review.