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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 this story is pretty dang cute and i enjoyed reading it but i, for the life of me, cannot think of anything to say about it i picked up this up because i was in a particular mood for something light and easy and this book is the epitome of what you see is what you get theres nothing too complicated or surprising just a quiet, understated story that hits the right spot which is a good thing if you are a mood reader like me again, nothing too remarkable or noteworthy about this, but just your classic story about a girl with life problems meets a boy with life problems and they work through said problems together cute, funny, and very much enjoyable 3.5 stars 4.5 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 overagain Time for Evvie 3.0Dean was living the dream A star pitcher for the New York Yankees Everything he wished for in life was laid out in front of him That is until he could no longer throw a strike, quickly finding himself a wash out Dean is left searching for answers, trying to find himself, as his dream collapses down around him.This was a truly heartwarming read One that I connected to immediately, holding me right to the end I loved Evvie and felt her profound pain as she dealt with piecing her life back together The strength she needed to put her past behind her and move on.There is nothing cliche about this Rom Com So very authentic, it takes you deeply into the lives of the characters as they gradually discover there is in fact, life after their dreams fall short.Linda Holmes writes an incredibly captivating book about.welllife Loved it Hope you will too A wonderful buddy read with Susanne, that took both of us by surprise Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and Linda Holmes for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
5 StarsDo 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 left unsaid isn t that the truth When her best friend Andy recommends that she rent out an apartment in her house to help a friend of his, Evvie says yes Dean is a former Professional League Baseball Player He kinda lost his nerve and lost his game Now he s looking for a place to live for a while It just works Turns out that they both have a lot to hide What could Evvie a small town gal who no one knows and Dean a guy who has had everything he ever wanted possibly have in common More than you think Perhaps thinks sounds like a predictable rom com to you yet it s than that It s not a heavy read and yet if you flip the coin, it s relatable and realistic The situations the characters find themselves in and the conversations they have are completely real Life simply happens Sometimes it s not pretty and sometimes it makes your heart catch Yeah I said it My breath caught and I fell Yes this is coming from the girl who is not a romantic at heart There is something amazing going on in Evvie Drake Starts Over my friends and I freaking loved it and yes, I know that not all of my friends did I m sorry for that That said, I loved these characters Evvie and Dean grabbed my heart and ran with it and it s about time Love for characters and a storyline doesn t happen often but when it does WHOOSH I ll take it It s like the wind you can t see it but you can feel it and boy did I feel it This was a buddy read with Ms Kaceey Sharing in this read with her meant a lot We both loved this book and Evvie and found different parts of this book extremely special I am so glad that we finally read it what took us so long Lol and that we both loved it so very much Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group and Linda Holmes for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on Goodreads on 7.31.19. Maybe a 2.5 instead of the full 3 This was good in the beginning, but really started to drag as the book went on I may not have been the right audience for this one because it just did not work for me Womp. 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 the mood to hear everyone s continued condolences and their encouragement that she seems to be holding up well Everyone, including her own father and her best friend, Andy, think she spends her days trying to get her grief under control She s not interested in correcting them and letting them know the truth.Andy s childhood best friend, Dean Tenney, was a major league baseball pitcher He was in a few World Series championships and was well known for his pitching skill Until one day he couldn t pitch any He wasn t injured, he wasn t exhausted, he wasn t ready to be done with baseball he just couldn t seem to throw straight no matter how hard he tried And he tried Everything But after a while he got tired of the world second guessing and ridiculing him, so he just walked away.When Andy proposes that Dean move into the apartment at the back of Evvie s house, it sounds like a good deal for the both of them Evvie can pick up some extra money since she hasn t been working much over the last year, and Dean can find a quiet place to reset himself, outside the glare of the media They settle on the perfect deal Evvie won t ask him anything about baseball, and Dean won t ask her anything about her marriage or her husband The amount of time people who have just met are supposed to look directly at each other, particularly without talking, is a unit that s both very short and very precise When you exceed it, you get suspicious, or you get threatened, or you get this flicker of accidental intimacy, like you ve peeked at the person naked through a shower door As the two start to build a friendship, however, those rules start to go out the window Evvie tries to understand what is keeping Dean from pitching the way he used to, and tries to determine if he really is satisfied with giving it all up And for his part, Dean begins to realize all of the secrets and emotions that Evvie has kept bottled up for so long regarding her marriage and her relationship with her late husband.It doesn t take a rocket scientist to see where their relationship might be headed, and of course, there are complications along the way How do two people who have gotten so used to keeping their lives so private begin to trust in one another, and how do they help each other without pushing too hard Can a relationship between two people who are just beginning to truly know themselves really succeed Your head is the house you live in, so you have to do the maintenance No matter how predictable some of the plot of Evvie Drake Starts Over is, this book is pretty wonderful I enjoyed these characters, flaws and all, and I found their backstories just as fascinating as the road that Holmes unfurled for them throughout the book Both Evvie and Dean have had their share of damage and hard knocks, and it isn t easy to realize that you can t always fight every battle on your own, nor do you have to fight every single battle.At times the book moved a little slower than I hoped it would, but I still couldn t tear myself away This book does deal with some serious issues, but it also has a tremendous amount of humor and hope, not to mention a few pretty steamy sex scenes I wouldn t mind a return visit to Maine, to Evvie and Dean and Andy and Monica.This book is the perfect solution for you if you ve been reading a bunch of heavier books recently It will make you chuckle and it may even make you tear up with happy tears, but it will definitely give you someone to root for.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at 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 so wrong to start a new, soft, rom com I was not in the mood to read this kind of story I read so many hard stuffs to digest and I felt like I got used to stomach meaty, juicy, heavy books even they gave me crumps later With this book, I decided to start a diet and chose a lighter option, I got hangry and unsatisfied I thought to give three stars, too many times But this made me angry with myself Because it was not fair to give lower stars to a book when you don t feel like reading it.Pros to enjoy this book I loved all the characters starting from Evvie, Dean, Andy and of course Monica.I loved the concept Evvie wanted to break up from her douchebag husband everybody thought he was a saint and nobody has seen his ugly face then nature did its job and he died So Evvie started to hide herself at the house Everybody thought she was grieving but she was just hiding Then Dean who was Major League Baseball pitcher rented a room from her house Because he wanted to hide from the world, too So they turned into a great couple hiders, loners But as long as they started to connect with each other and got rid of their shields, they understood that they couldn t hide from each other any The secrets should be told and the barriers should be destroyed Nobody has to carry all their burdens alone As you can imagine, the last parts are a little predictable but still well crafted and smartly written.The characters and good writing captured my attention Only thing I didn t like was predictability and some regular Hallmark movie style clich s Because when I read this book title, I was expecting a challenging, self help, inspirational book These are the reasons, I went back and forth between 3 to 4 stars as if I was taking tours to the kitchen to eat one spoon of Nutella as you can imagine, at least 14 times I went back and forth, great exercise to burn chocolate calories I think I should choose to read this book at my holiday time so I can look at the things from healthier and happier perspective an ideal diet time after heavy thrillers and edgy dramas So I keep my other rom coms for upcoming month As a summary Neither I like nor I dislike this book, I stayed in the middle but too be fair it s better than so many released rom coms If you re looking for well written, character driven, sweet, relaxing story carries so much hope and humor, this is perfect match for you &Free Kindle ☟ Evvie Drake Starts Over ☂ 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 Any, 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 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 There are some things books just love to call themselves WRENCHING, a book s front cover will yell, and say it s a quote from like the Delaware Post Tribune or the Huntington Park Journal or the Winding River Bend Rural Paper IMMERSIVE, shouts a glorified neighborhood book club UNPUTDOWNABLE, according to a woman with a lot of Instagram followers.I very rarely agree with these influencers or made up sounding publications It is an infrequent occurrence that I put down a book and immediately begin referring to it in intense one word statements I did not do anything of the kind upon finishing this book, but there are two Book Marketing s Greatest Hits terms that I would ascribe to this book FUNNYand HEARTWARMING.This was a really good read So good it cursed my brain and now I will have to live out my days speaking like the faux Reese Witherspoon who writes her book marketing copy, my words forever taking up precious space that could be devoted to pretty pictures or actual, you know, synopses.But I ll try to stop talking about all my irritations with the idea of blurbs and give actual reviewing a try.I really miss reading this.It was half feel good fiction, half romance, and while I kinda wish it d been one or the otherI m not that mad.Because both halves were sigh A DELIGHT Lift your curse from me, O The Oprah Magazine In another rare occurrence, I liked these characters a lot I consider it a stroke of luck if I enjoy so much as a single character in any book, so finding one in which I like multiples Nothing short of a miracle, my dear boy.Bottom line In conclusion, I will henceforth be reading everything Linda Holmes writes, and also please let me live inside this book thank you raising this rating because i really miss reading this book this did the trick.review to come i need a book where everything is bad and then they all live happily ever after, and if this book turns out not to be that book i will explode 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 other during their very first meeting insta love, yay and I never bought into their relationship They had stilted conversation and their flirting was painful to read there was this attempt to make their banter playful but it ended up being babyish and completely cringeworthy The relationship between Evvie and Dean is meant to propel the storybut given how flat these characters are, I had little interest in their budding romance The whole let s fix each other trope was handled in a way that made a lot of their actions seem invasive, controlling, and downright bad eg stalking, invasion of privacy Within a few chapters I found that their personalities were non existent and that their actual character completely hinged on a trauma Dean s character can t throw straight any while Evvie is keeping a secret about her relationship to her now dead husband Side characters were rather clich d Evvie s best friend happens to be a man and initially I appreciated their platonic relationship so I was disappointed by the way it was portrayed Other characters were entirely forgettable and bland Evvie s husband is the classic bad cold guy who is nice to most people except his wife I guess that having a not so nuanced character makes it easier for him to seem just bad making Evvie some sort of sympathetic martyr It was so boring The characters and the story had so little to offer Their conversations were worded in such a way that they offered little clarity for example Evvie recounts some an event for two pages in a way that made little sense An uneventful story lack of humour superficial relationships little emotionand there you have it Evvie Drake Starts Over Maybe readers who can look past the unimaginative writing style will be able to appreciate this than I did Read reviews on my blog