Evvie Drake Starts Over

Evvie Drake Starts Over

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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780525619246
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 25 cm

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ontherideau Dec 13, 2019

A good romance for a weekend read about two troubled people stumbling through life. The author has a clever, perceptive style.

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betsymarzoni
Dec 12, 2019

Fairly predictable from the start.

JessicaGma Oct 22, 2019

This book has a lot of hype, but it's a pretty surface kind of growth for the characters. Evvie hides the truth about her emotionally abusive husband - girl, just tell your truths and don't worry about who believes it. Dean is okay as a foil but I don't know if he really changed either. So, all in all, it's an okay book, but only an okay book.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Oct 15, 2019

Evvie Drake's husband Dr. Tim Drake is revered by the community and abusive behind closed doors. She gradually gathers the courage to leave, and while she is packing her car, the phone rings. Tim's been in a car accident. Providentially, he doesn't survive.

The town and her best friend Andy think she's grieving. She's not. She's a hot mess due to her mother's abandonment and her husband's abuse.

Andy's friend is a Yankee's pitcher who crashed and burned and is also a hot mess. Dean Tenney rents a spare room in Evvie's large home, and the two start to heal on parallel paths.

It's an OK debut book, but it didn't knock my socks off.

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Ljparker5807
Oct 02, 2019

I enjoyed the book at the beginning, but by the end I was tired of it. It was predictable and the character development was very surface--not much depth. I've read other books of this kind, and this one is just in the "meh" category for me.

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pwyman1222
Sep 24, 2019

Liked the book but hated all the profanity. Didn't feel it added to the story at all.

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knradach
Sep 12, 2019

I thought this book was a quick, easy, and enjoyable read. I thought there was good humor in the author's style of writing. It had places that made me laugh, places that made me cry.. at the end if the day, that's all I ask if a book. Glad I read it!

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TardisLibrarian
Aug 26, 2019

Very well written and like the best romantic comedy movie. It is very well written and has a lot of emotional depth as well. It was one I could not put down. I had previously enjoyed her writing for Pop Culture Happy Hour.

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DT_kcls
Aug 21, 2019

With a story and and title character full of pain and hurt, 'Evvie Drake Starts Over' is surprisingly charming, a good bit funny and very endearing.

The characters of 'Evvie Drake Starts Over' are written as fully dimensional adults, with warts, fears, doubts, flashes of brilliance, and, if not always with grace, with humor.

Evvie (pronounced like "Chevy") can't get out of her own head - or house - over guilt she placed on her own heart after the death of the husband she didn't love, and, while not exactly comfortable there, finds it easier than to confront herself. She pretends to grieve for hubby to satisfy the small community who loved him while truly grieving for the person she truly lost: herself.

On the small romance side of 'Evvie Drake Starts Over', add a famous baseball pitcher who inexplicably could no longer pitch. He too is grieving the loss of who he was.

For me, the "romance" side of 'Evvie Drake Starts Over' is fairly insignificant to the friendship side, with yourself first before with others.

I thoroughly enjoyed 'Evvie Drake Starts' Over 4.5 stars for Evvie.

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jl_42
Aug 16, 2019

I enjoyed parts of this book but not the whole thing. I liked the beginning, it kept me engaged but it began to peter out after the charity baseball game, with sidebars into getting a vintage pinball machine and the like, and hints of how her husband treated her. I did not care for this book as a whole.

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