This reading group guide for Happily Ever After includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
At twenty-two, Eleanor Bee is sure about three things: she wants to move to London to 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 mother. “Happily ever after” is 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 publisher. She falls out of pubs, wears too-short skirts, makes a lot of mistakes, and feels like she’s going nowhere. And then, out of the blue, she falls in love. That’s when she realizes just how much growing up she has to do.
Ten years later, 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” can come in all shapes and sizes. Topics & Questions for Discussion