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Evvie Drake Starts Over

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  55,961 ratings  ·  7,453 reviews
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
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Ballantine Books
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Caryn Agree- that was the only negative I thought. Dean uses the f word frequently throughout the book and the personality doesn't match. It was kind of…moreAgree- that was the only negative I thought. Dean uses the f word frequently throughout the book and the personality doesn't match. It was kind of jarring . . . . The character she had developed in Dean didn't match the language. But all love scenes were PG 13. :)(less)

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Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very charming novel. It is a juicy red apple. It is a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils. It is, and I mean this in the best possible way, a Hallmark movie, but with richly drawn characters who are imperfect and interesting. Evvie Drake's asshole husband has died but no one knows he was an asshole and so she has to deal with her community's expectations of how she should grieve as she tries to be who every one in her life wants her to be. Or who she thinks they want to be. And then ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance
A romance about adults acting like adults! They have actual conversations! They fall in love because they REALLY LIKE EACH OTHER! They make mistakes and then apologize! They have nuanced friendships with people of the opposite sex! They help each other, and sometimes it goes wrong! They have complicated relationships with their careers and parents! There is also kissing!
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Definitely not your average Rom Com! This is raw, true life! The twist and turns it takes along the journey. The pieces you need to pick up in order to move forward.

Evvie married her high-school sweetheart. On the day shes planning to take on life in a new direction, her husband is killed in a car accident. With the snap of a finger, Evvie is left to regroup, and somehow find the strength to start over...again. Time for Evvie 3.0

Dean was living the dream. A star pitcher for the New York
Susanne  Strong
5 Stars

Do you want your HEART STOLEN? Yeah? Then Evvie Drake Starts Over is a MUST FREAKING READ!!

Evvie drake is a woman everyone in town feels for - her husband Tim passed away recently and everyone in the town is just devastated, including her father, his parents and her best friend Andy. Everyone simply assumes Evvie feels the same way and Evvie has never said otherwise. The fact is that no one really knows her and they have no idea what her marriage was like. Some things are simply better
Larry H
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a book to charm you completely and worm its way into your heart, you don't have to look any further than Linda Holmes' debut novel, Evvie Drake Starts Over . Boy, did I thoroughly enjoy this one!

It's been nearly a year since her husband died in a car accident, and Evvie (like "Chevy," not "Stevie") Drake has spent most of the time holed up in her house, trying to stay out of the public eye. Her husband was a beloved physician in their small Maine town, and she is rarely in
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It started with three, then moved up to 3.4, then dropped to 3.2 and finally with the ending part score stayed as 3.5 soft, sweet, Hallmark-ish movie vibes with far better characterization and better writing starts rounded up to 4 romantic stars

Mostly I never called myself indecisive. But reviewing and deciding what Im thinking about this book were really complicated job for me.

I can make honestly my its not you, its me speech to the book not to hurt its feelings! Because my timing is so
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Maybe a 2.5 instead of the full 3. This was good in the beginning, but really started to drag as the book went on. I may not have been the right audience for this one because it just did not work for me. Womp.
There are some things books just love to call themselves.

WRENCHING, a books front cover will yell, and say it's a quote from like the Delaware Post-Tribune or the Huntington Park Journal or the Winding River Bend Rural Paper. IMMERSIVE, shouts a glorified neighborhood book club. UNPUTDOWNABLE, according to a woman with a lot of Instagram followers.

I very rarely agree with these influencers or made-up sounding publications. It is an infrequent occurrence that I put down a book and immediately
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: Debra tbr on feed
3.5 stars rounded to 4 stars

This was a fun read. Just having read a heavy-duty literary fiction novel, I was ready for something like this. Evvie Drake is a young woman who decides to start her life over. Her best and platonic friend Andy knows Evvie needs the extra money and talks her into renting the apartment attached to the house to his childhood friend Dean. Dean is a former star pitcher with the New York Yankees who has recently lost his career thanks to a case of the yips. These are our
DNF @20%. I was expecting a fun rom-com but theres little comedy and I had already resorted to skimming. ...more
Anna Luce
★★✰✰✰ 2 stars

Sadly, I ended up disliking most aspects of this novel. It might appeal to those looking for a light summer read that isn't necessarily funny or moving.

Throughout the novel I had the impression that I was reading an early draft rather than a completed and published version of a book.

➜The story as such seemed incomplete. We have the inciting incident (Dean becomes Evvie's tenant) and then nothing much beyond that happens. It seems they start experiencing romantic feelings for each
2.5 rounded up

Evvie Drake Starts Over was not the quirky, funny rom-com I was expecting.
It wasn't deep or touching either.
It wasn't horrible, but, truth be told, it fell flat.
The beginning was promising, it quickly started going down the hill.
I didn't feel much for Evvie or for her love interest, washed-out baseballer, Dean Tenney.
Their chemistry was non-existent.
There were no sexy times, it was all very vanilla, just like the characters.

An easy read and a nice cover are pretty much the only
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a book that people who have a lot more substance than I have would enjoy. It's a journey of several people learning to move on after bad things happen in their lives. The book is well-written, the characters are complex, and there is a lot of complicated emotions going on. In other words, way too good for Jilly.

Complex emotions are beyond Jilly's grasp.

The pacing of the book is also very slow. The main couple start as friends for months before anything happens between them. That is also
Claire Reads Books
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐ Im a longtime fan of Linda Holmess writing and of her work on NPRs Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, so I went into this book really wanting to love it and I was relieved to discover that its even better than I was hoping it would be. This book is pretty much what I wish every contemporary romance novel was something with enough fantasy and dizziness to provide a sense of escape, but something that also doesnt sand down lifes rough surfaces or trim away its ragged edges. This is a smart, ...more
Debbie Oliphant
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to read this book given the reviews already. The story begins with a loss for Evie which sets the tone of the book. Evvie was so close to her new life until tragedy struck and she is now dealing with her own guilt and the perception of her friends and family.

Dean is a major league pitcher who is a friend of Evvies and due to his own projessional tragedy, he is forced to take some time off and decides to rent a room
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Random House for the complimentary copy.

Evvie Drake Starts Over is a standout of a read. Now I know why its been buzzworthy this summer. Evvie is recently widowed and having a hard time. Andy is her best friend, and his childhood friend, Dean, is a major league pitcher who can no longer throw straight.

Dean moves into an apartment adjoining Evvies house, and they come to an agreement not to talk about baseball and Evvies late husband. They form a friendship that morphs into more.

Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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When Evvies husband (and high school sweetheart) passed away almost a year ago, everyone in their small town couldnt help but offer her endless condolences. She opted to hole up in their dream home and everyone just assumed it was due her being overcome by grief. Dean was a World Series winning pitcher until he came down with a serious case of the yips. Hes been trying (and failing) to hide out himself, but its pretty hard when your
4.5 stars

Have you ever had a book that makes you feel good?

Evvie Drake Starts Over was one of them. From beginning to end of the audiobook (even though I have the hardcover edition, I decided to try the audiobook, since I received it so quickly from the library), I was smiling and just feeling good about this story.

Its definitely a romance, a slow burn, but its also so much more. Its about friendships, about loss, about mental health issues, a journey of personal rediscovery, of letting go, and
This book is so cute. This is exactly the kind of charming, cute, cozy read I was in the mood for. This story follows Evvie (rhymes with Chevy) and her husband recently died. Shes best friends in the world with this guy Andy (and their friendship is 100% platonic which I appreciate), and Andy has a friend Dean who is looking for a place to get away because hes a former Major League Baseball player who has lost his streak and wants to get out of the public eye. So Dean rents a room in Evvies ...more
Unfortunately after reading 70% of this book, I am quitting. Reading this story was like taking a slow boat to nowhere.

It was just not for me.
Laurie Anderson
This is the perfect summer read - enjoy!
Kristy K
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I devoured this book. I started during work (dont judge) and rushed home to finish it in evening. There was something about it that just resonated with me.

Evvies finally leaving a loveless marriage when the unthinkable happens and her husband dies. Now she has to act like the grieving widow while secretly feeling like a monster and shamed inside. Deans career as a pitcher comes to an end when he gets the yips and is unable to throw accurately anymore. He moves to small town Maine and rents
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, arc, 2019
It's hard to find good chick-lit that's not too racy and not too stupid. This one was just about perfect. And the dialogue was so sharp - I underlined so many funny lines.
Cindy Burnett
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Evvie Drakes Starts Over is a highly entertaining, occasionally heartbreaking, and always engrossing tale that has stayed with me long after I finished it. The book is set in a small town in Maine and tells the story of Evvie Drake and Dean Tenney, two very different individuals who are hurting and need help recovering from their own personal traumas.

Evvies husband, a prominent doctor in their small town, died the year before on the day Evvie was planning to leave him. Intensely
may ❀
excuse me good sir, but do you by chance have any more super cute, inspiring, hilarious, angsty books like this??

because i'm absolutely smitten
Jessica Jeffers
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, edelweiss
I love Linda Holmes so much and her work reflects my own worldview so much that a friend once asked me if "Linda Holmes" was my pen name, and this book did not disappoint.

I've been leaning heavier into romantic comedy novels in the last year or so, as a rebound from mental health issues and starting library school have caused me to seek out works that don't have quite as much intellectual heft as the books I have tended to read in the past. So when one of my favorite pop-culture writers
Jenna Hager
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was captivated by Evvie Drake right away, by the character of Evvie and her predicament of finding herself as a young widow and trying to find herself after being in this marriage and being in this relationship since high school. You could really hear Evvies voice. You can imagine sitting at that kitchen table, and having a conversation with her, because these conversations feel so realistic that theyre like conversations weve all had. The sense of setting is so strong. As somebody who has ...more
Patricia Williams
I loved this book and could not stop reading it. I received an ARC of this book from publisher a few months back and then I started seeing in on lots of the "summer readiing Lists" and knew I had to go ahead and read it And I'm glad I did. A very simple and sweet story of Evvie who tries so hard to start over her life and what happens along the way. Love her and the other main characters.
Louise Miller
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the rarest of birds--a love story for adults. Not just a love story between two people, but a story about the love between friends, the love of family, and the love that you find for yourself by going through the hard stuff of living. It is warm and funny and real and smart in all the best ways. Treat yourself to this book--it's a marvelous reminder of some of the best things about being alive. And it takes place in coastal Maine, and has dogs and baseball, so, you know, it's perfect.
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
What an adorable book. Great characters, cute story, and the scandal about the racing cereal boxes had me laughing out loud.

Fantastic book for a debut author!
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