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Review of Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

ICYMI: Evvie Drake Starts Over, by the author of Flying Solo, is sweet, with funny dialogue, surprises, best-friendship, and a Maine setting I loved.

I recently read and loved Linda Holmes's Flying Solo, and I was reminded of how much I adored Holmes's novel Evvie Drake Starts Over.

Evvie Drake has become something of a recluse in her quiet seaside Maine town ever since her husband's death in a car crash a year earlier.

Her best friend Andy is doing his best to support her. while it seems Evvie is doing her best to bury her grief.

Andy's childhood best friend Dean is a former Major League pitcher--but he has the "yips" and can't throw straight anymore.

Dean's escape from media scrutiny leads him to rent Evvie's apartment for a time. And as the two become friends, they make a rule: Dean won't ask about Evvie's late husband, and Evvie won't ask about baseball.

But having a listening ear in Dean, who is completely separate from Evvie's "before" life, means she might finally be ready to open up about what her relationship was like before she became a widow. And Evvie's ignorance about baseball means Dean can safely vent and maybe even figure out what's holding him back. They may be able to help the other find some version of peace, just by being there.

Oh, this book!

Linda Holmes's Evvie Drake Starts Over is sweet and funny and lovely. I listened to it as an audiobook while I gardened, and it was a perfect summer story. I loved Holmes’s writing and Evvie’s voice.

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Obviously Evvie Drake Starts Over should be made into a movie.

Click here for my review of Flying Solo, another book I loved. I'm in for whatever Linda Holmes writes next!