Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: Happily Ever After By: Harriet Evans

Happily Ever AfterHappily Ever After by Harriet Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Think One Day, When Harry Met Sally, anything by Nora Ephron, and a bit of Bridget Jones and you get Happily Ever After.
The book spans years of Eleanor (Elle) Bee's life. From the teen years glanced at filled with an unforgiving father, a mother with a drinking problem, and an older brother that has little understanding or patience for a younger sister. Enter the twenties and the discovery of what she enjoys and gets hired to do. The world of publishing comes alive, along with those people that enter her life and leave a mark (and come in and out for years to come). Due to heartbreak she moves from London to the US and embarks on living up to her potential. Unfortunately, a new sister-in-law that appears callus has designated her as the help her mother needs to get sober and on a trip back for a wedding, Elle is confronted with the realization and death of her mother. Being a survivalist all this gets swept under, until four years later the past confronts her in all it's glory.
I love that Elle is relatable, it takes time to come into oneself and to confront people and situations you were unable to at one time. She makes mistakes, runs from happiness, misunderstands, and is all so human. You will also enjoy the secondary characters that help with Elle's development and a deeper sense of her growth.

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