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Evvie Drake Starts Over

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  13,857 ratings  ·  2,435 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 ca ...more
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Published June 25th 2019 by Random House Audio
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Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 t ...more
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 she’s 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 Yan
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 I’m thinking about this book were really complicated job for me.

I can make honestly my ”it’s not you, it’s me” speech to the book not to hurt its feelings! Because my timing is s
Debbie Oliphant
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 i
DNF @20%. I was expecting a fun rom-com but there’s little comedy and I had already resorted to skimming.
Claire Reads Books
4.5 ⭐ I’m a longtime fan of Linda Holmes’s writing and of her work on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, so I went into this book really wanting to love it — and I was relieved to discover that it’s 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 doesn’t sand down life’s rough surfaces or trim away its ragged edges. This is a ...more
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.

It’s definitely a romance, a slow burn, but it’s also so much more. It’s about friendships, about loss, about mental health issues, a journey of personal rediscovery, of letting go, a
Kristy K
Wow, I devoured this book. I started during work (don’t judge) and rushed home to finish it in evening. There was something about it that just resonated with me.

Evvie’s 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. Dean’s 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
Laurie Anderson
This is the perfect summer read - enjoy!
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. She’s 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 he’s 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 Evvie’s ...more
Cindy Burnett
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Evvie’s husband, a prominent doctor in their small town, died the year before on the day Evvie was planning to leave him. Intensely priva
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2019, arc
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.
Jessica Jeffers
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 announce
Jenna Hager
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Evvie’s voice. You can imagine sitting at that kitchen table, and having a conversation with her, because these conversations feel so realistic that they’re like conversations we’ve all had. The sense of setting is so strong. As somebody who ha ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a lovely story. I’m sad it’s over. I couldn’t get enough of Evvie and Dean. They are two perfectly imperfect people. Women who have been in unhappy marriages will relate to Evvie. She’s the kind of woman you feel you could be friends with. Her romance with Dean felt genuine and real. Both of their insecurities were valid and relatable. I think you’ll want to add this to your TBR for June. I received this ARC from Netgalley.
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.
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.
Jessica Woodbury
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, audiobooks
This Book: I am about a woman leaving a terrible marriage who puts up walls to protect herself that end up hurting the people she loves.
Me: You are a delightful, cheery ball of fluff and I adore it.

Just to be clear, I do not really read happy books. When people ask me for something light and fluffy I respond with \_(ツ)_/. I like dark, serious, complex sh*t. But every now and then I will find a book that I find to be just a sunny, lovely, sweet bite of candy. To other people it may look like a ni
Louise Miller
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Kate ☀️ Olson
(free review copy) Oh, I SO enjoyed this one ❤ Heartwarming, poignant, witty and so atmospheric- EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER is an ode to coastal Maine and the complexity of grief. It’s about fresh starts but also grappling with the past. Friends and lovers, truth and polite falsehoods, with some baseball thrown in for good measure.
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
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, super-quick read and beautifully tackles a topic that I'd previously considered writing about...when a widow is thinking of leaving her husband, and then he dies. Really complicates the idea of grief (and you have to think this happens sometimes!) The characters are winsome, engaging, and realistic. And I'm a fan of the baseball element. Lots of hype, but much deserved.
Evvie Drake is young and newly widowed and Dean Tenney is a pro baseball player who has a serious case of the yips. When Dean moves into the apartment in the back of Evvie's house they have two rules she won't talk about her husband and he won't talk about baseball and so their friendship begins. This was a charming and sweet story that I enjoyed and was a welcome change of pace from the books I normally read. I look forward to more from this author.

Thank you Netgalley and Random House Books-Bal
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not ashamed to admit that I actually clapped my hands with glee when I got approved for this one on Netgalley. I have been such a fan of Linda Holmes' work for about 20 years now, since her days of recapping tv shows on the internet and my days of secretly reading said recaps while being paid to do something else. Unfortunately, my devotion to Linda is perhaps matched only by my apathy for baseball. BUT. I loved this book so much, and it wasn't even *in spite of* the baseball. Like, even the ...more
Cute cover. Contemporary romance. A summer publication. Must be a light, breezy, non-important read, right? *Insert eye roll*

Books like Evvie Drake Starts Over tend to get underestimated, like they couldn't possibly be fun AND have depth, as if the two just don't go hand in hand. It bums me out to no end, especially after I read those books myself and see firsthand how great they are.

Last year, a little book called How to Walk Away was published. Same thing, cute cover, some romance, etc. It ha
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