To say I read this book on a whim of sorts is an understatement. When I first read the title, ‘Happily Ever After’ that was almost enough for me to put it back but something about the cover art, a girl standing in front of a bookshop in London, my heart just had to have it. I saw a little of myself in that cover, having done the very some thing when I found the bookshop from ‘Notting Hill’ (1999) with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, I just stood there and stared. Anyway, back to the book…
It follows a young girl who wants to move to London and enter publishing, and along the way we meet her friends, her colorful family, and witness her many embarrassing mistakes. It’s a genuine story about a girl in her twenties trying to make it in the world as a young career women in both London and New York City.
I found myself really identifying with Elle, even more than just the cover art, there was something about her character, her actions that reminded me of myself and it made me simply fall in love with this book. I honestly couldn’t put it down, it’s a great read for a young girl who fills stuck at work or questioning her future or if there’s such a thing as “happily ever after’s” because that’s exactly what Elle does throughout the novel.
Before this book I had never heard of Harriet Evans, but after this I’m sure it’s not the last I’ll read of her. She had a great style and made such well rounded characters I couldn’t help but get emotionally involved.
I would definitely recommend this book and I’ve already bought another book – or two – by Harriet Evans for my plane ride next week.