Review: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

What It’s About:

In a small town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her house. Everyone in town, including her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and she doesn’t correct them. In New York, Dean

Tenney, former major-league pitcher and Andy’s childhood friend, is struggling with a case of the “yips”: he can’t throw straight anymore, and he can’t figure out why. An invitation from Andy to stay in Maine for a few months seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button.

When Dean moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie’s house, the two make a deal: Dean won’t ask about Evvie’s late husband, and Evvie won’t ask about Dean’s baseball career. Rules, though, have a funny way of being broken–and what starts as an unexpected friendship soon turns into something more. But before they can find out what might lie ahead, they’ll have to wrestle a few demons: the bonds they’ve broken, the plans they’ve changed, and the secrets they’ve kept. They’ll need a lot of help, but in life, as in baseball, there’s always a chance–right up until the last out.

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My Thoughts:

Evvie Drake Starts Over is a book about second chances. It’s about the time between an ending and a new beginning when you are in limbo trying to make sense of what has happened, how you’ll move forward, or what you will move forward to. It’s about falling apart and picking yourself up.  It’s about acceptance and seeking help.  This book was nothing like what I expected, and it was perfect.

Evvie is going to do it.  She has packed her things, secured some funds, and she is getting reading to drive away.  When her departure is interrupted by life changing news, Evvie feels stuck. Playing the grieving widow for an emotional abusive man she was going to leave is making her sick.  Author Linda Holmes created a truly empathetic character in Evvie.

Dean is also stuck, but he is stuck in his head.  As a major league pitcher, he lit up the sky. At least he did until the day he didn’t. He lost his game, and he has spent a lot of time and money trying to get it back.  The daily barrage of insults and ribbing has him looking for a place to escape and basically hide out.  Which leads him Andy, his best childhood friend who also happens to be Evvie’s dearest friend.

Evvie and Drake’s meeting and their budding friendship feels organic.  There is no insta-love; it is a very realistic and relatable relationship progression. The characters are delightfully normal in their imperfection. The dialogue is authentic.  The pace was a bit slow at times but not so much that it impacted my enjoyment or influenced my rating.  This romantic comedy is not particularly romantic in the traditional sense, but Evvie Drake Starts Over is a heartwarming read that left me feeling in love and hopeful.


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