Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holme


This is the romance book I have been waiting for. A strong female lead, a realistic timeline, witty quips, men and women who really can just be friends, the realization that relationships don't fix everything.... This book has it all, plus the happy ending. I truly did laugh out loud multiple times. It felt like a celebration of all the messy parts of life. A year ago, Evvie lost her husband in a car crash. And while she has yet to move on, it is not for the reason that everyone in her small town thinks. Her deepest secret? She had the car packed and was ready to skip town when she got the call telling her the her husband was in the ER. Now she stays holed up in a house that she never wanted, wracked with guilt over the fact that she didn't love the man everyone thinks was the best thing that ever happened to her. But when she lets a disgraced baseball player rent the downstairs apartment, she begins to open up again and starts telling the truth to her friends and her self. - Cori

From the host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast comes a heartfelt debut about the unlikely relationship between a young woman who’s lost her husband and a major league pitcher who’s lost his game.

In a sleepy seaside town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her large, painfully empty house nearly a year after her husband’s death in a car crash. Everyone in town, even her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and Evvie doesn’t correct them.

Meanwhile, in New York City, Dean Tenney, former Major League pitcher and Andy’s childhood best friend, is wrestling with what miserable athletes living out their worst nightmares call the “yips”: he can’t throw straight anymore, and, even worse, he can’t figure out why. As the media storm heats up, an invitation from Andy to stay in Maine seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button on Dean’s future.

When he 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. To move forward, Evvie and Dean will have to reckon with their pasts—the friendships they’ve damaged, the secrets they’ve kept—but in life, as in baseball, there’s always a chance—up until the last out.

A joyful, hilarious, and hope-filled debut, Evvie Drake Starts Over will have you cheering for the two most unlikely comebacks of the year—and will leave you wanting more from Linda Holmes.
- Penguin Random House