Evvie Drake Starts Over

Evvie Drake Starts Over

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Book - 2019 | First edition
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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
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOL
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780525619246
0525619240

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Loved this book so much! The dialogue is amazing! It's wonderful to see two people building a relationship through conversations. This book really has it all: characters, plot, romance--it's a great read! Recommended by Mary C.


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eappelbaum
Mar 06, 2021

Engaging read to take your mind off contemporary bad news. Not as predictable as you might think.

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lindemuldercr
Jan 13, 2021

Modern Mrs Darcy

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tammygfarmgirl
Dec 16, 2020

Sweet story about two people starting over. Enjoyable.

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mkpederson
Jul 13, 2020

Loved it!

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TLCMom582
May 27, 2020

I listened to the audio version of this book. I listened to this book on a lark and I'm really glad I did. It is not a rom-com really, so if that's what you're expecting you will probably be disappointed. In my opinion it is more of a mature contemporary romance. There's no immediate peeling off of clothes or audible panting going on when the H&h meet.
Evvie and Dean are both dealing with things--big things. They are brought together when their mutual friend suggests Evvie lease her spare room to Dean when he wants to get away from his regular life for awhile. They go from total strangers to hesitant friends to very supportive friends and then eventually to lovers. Yes, it is a slow build. It is a mature build. I loved it! The journey is more of their individual struggles than focusing solely on their relationship.
The narration by Julia Whelan was excellent!

FPL_Lori Feb 20, 2020

Evvie Drake Starts Over is a refreshing romantic dramedy set on the coast of Maine. Dean and Evvie are both going through major life issues: Evvie’s husband was killed in a car accident on the day she had planned to leave him. Dean is a professional athlete whose career has seemingly met an early end. This is an excellent choice for readers who like love stories with flawed but likable characters, witty dialogue, and a dash of humor.

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6GmaBooks
Jan 15, 2020

Knew very quickly I would enjoy reading this book. Loved the way the characters interacted and the quick wit dialog. Romance novels are not my favorite, but there was plenty of sweet, playful interaction that had me looking forward to reading till the very end. A very pleasant read. Looking forward to future books by this author.

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catspaws
Jan 12, 2020

this is a disarmingly really great book...unputdownable

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sarajniese
Jan 09, 2020

Just a fun simple read.

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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