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Evvie Drake Starts Over
Evvie Drake Starts Over | Linda Holmes
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. "Charming, hopeful, and gently romantic . . . Evvie Drake is great company." --Rainbow Rowell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park 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.
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ChasingOm
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Evvie (“like Chevy”) is relatable — taking care of everyone else before she takes care of herself and having trouble dealing with the early death of her young husband. Dean is also surprisingly relatable, despite the fact that he‘s a professional baseball player with a case of the “yips.” (I am neither.)

Together, their relationship feels real; it‘s based in friendship and communication instead of instalove. More stories like this, please!

ChasingOm Photo is dinner because I can‘t take a picture of the book I‘m reading on my phone! 😂 4h
LiteraryinLititz I really liked this one! The love story element was refreshing. Have you read The Overdue Life of Amy Byler? I felt the same about the romantic interest in that one. 3h
ChasingOm Thank you @LiteraryinLititz! I haven‘t read that one yet. 3h
Kdgordon88 Dinner looks yummy! 3h
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Beccacraft
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This highly enjoyable story about the relationship developed between a young widow and a notorious baseball player was rich and endearing. The secrets they carried, the difficulties they faced, and their witty remarks made this story a quick read, and I enjoyed every second.

LiteraryinLititz I agree that the dialogue was great! 1d
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wanderinglynn
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Panpan

I finished it is about the best I can say. This is the type of book I normally love and devour. The premise was intriguing. But the story just completely fell flat for me.

Full review on GR: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3199733199

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Cortg
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It‘s a beautiful day in my little world today so I decided to walk back to work after lunch to soak up some fresh air and finish this book; which was exactly what I needed! An all around feel good, light and enjoyable read! ❤️

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Readinginfairyland
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Great story of finding yourself. Sweet romance. Fun read.

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LMJenkins
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Next audiobook! Liking this one.

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Cortg
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There‘s a wait for my next HP audio BUT I found this one available and ready to go! I‘m super excited and I think I‘ll walk to work today so I can get started!

Suet624 It‘s a sweet story. 4w
Cortg @Suet624 Perfect! A sweet story is exactly what I need! 4w
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Latrelwhite
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Cute read, enjoyable✨😊
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.

Laurenabeth This had way more heart than I was expecting. I enjoyed it a lot. 4w
Latrelwhite @Laurenabeth yes, it did I found it to be very solid.💕 4w
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betsyhaddox
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Realy liked this. Beautiful how it all unfolds. A fun read. :)

SW-T 😊 2w
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rachelm
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I really enjoyed this one. It was the perfect winter pick me up about truth, love, and baseball.

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rachelm
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The picture is a poster I remember being really helpful to me as a kid. Had to search for it today to help my own kid find words to explain his feelings. Not perfect, but helped a little. Parenting is hard.

Anyway, it also reminded me of the book that I‘m listening to right now. Two complicated people at turning points who are trying to figure themselves out. I‘m enjoying it so far!

wordslinger42 We've had that in magnet form on our fridge since I was a little kid! 1mo
BethM I teach cognitive thinking groups to adult offenders and we still use this too! 1mo
rachelm @wordslinger42 @BethM thank you for sharing your experience with it! I really hope it becomes a new tool for us 1mo
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booksaremyfavorite
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A sweet story about healing and starting over.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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This was a can't put down stay up past my bedtime read. I loved the writing style, the dialogue, and actual grownup conversations about baggage that characters bring to the relationship.

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nichollinlove
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Evvie Drake isn't the typical romance/romcom. This story has complex characters, sheds light on emotional abuse and covers different perspectives of starting over in your 30s. I enjoyed the depth of the book, I could really feel for the characters at times.

I didn't love the narrator but I got used to her and tried to not let her take away from the story. I would reccomend the paper version over the audio to anyone else.

⭐⭐⭐💫

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Prairiegirl_reading
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I don‘t usually read romance, mostly because I can‘t stand the tropes, but these two seemed like light reads. I thought Nina Hill was cute but the romance aspect was annoying to me. I really liked Evvie Drake because it was light and cute but also dealt with loss in a very realistic way but I did laugh a lot too. Also the women in this book were mature and confident in a way I really appreciated. I highly recommend Evvie Drake.

Prairiegirl_reading Also both are closed door which I appreciated. 1mo
ljuliel Finally ! I found someone who thinks like I do about romance. Keep it in the bedroom and shut the door. Ruins a perfectly good book otherwise. 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading @ljuliel I totally agree! 1mo
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Jen2
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Very cute!

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Purrfectpages
Mehso-so

First book finished in the new year! (though I wanted to finish it yesterday). This book had all the trappings of the sort of story I should love, and yet I didn‘t really connect with the characters all that much. I wanted more of something. Humor. Tension. I don‘t know. I also found the inconsistent alternating narrations a bit off putting, like I don‘t really know whose story the writer was telling.

Crazeedi Happy 2020!!🎉💖 2mo
Readswithcoffee This was a so-so for me, too. 2mo
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TamTracy
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I enjoyed this story! The characters and plot are more realistic than other cute romance books which I appreciated. This is a light book that is a perfect palate cleanser for those of us who prefer heavier content at times. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

jillrhudy Agreed. As chick lit, and romance, it exceeded expectations! 2mo
TamTracy @jillrhudy Yes! Not my usual genres but it was enjoyable ♥️ 2mo
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ReadingRambo
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This was a New England based romantic comedy for grown folks! The hero gives off strong Tom Selleck vibes and it's a nice slow burn of a story.

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Purrfectpages
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No more reading for me tonight, but I love that there are more days to tackle this with half of winter break still on the horizon!

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Hestapleton
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I absolutely loved this book! Cute and heartwarming and a good post-Christmas read. It‘s a good reminder that there is always more going on behind closed doors and that families can be hard. I needed to be seen that way this Christmas. Thanks again @Judybskt ! #impulseread #wintergames #teamfozziwig

BarkingMadRun 🎄🎄🎄 2mo
ljuliel Great review, great book. 2mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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How cute! I don‘t typically read books in the romance genre, but this one was mostly a charming story about a woman moving on with her life after an upsetting life event, and only secondarily a romance story. I liked the characters‘ quick, witty dialogue and the descriptions of Maine. It was definitely a fast read and a feel good story. I enjoyed it and read it in less than 24 hours!

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Hestapleton
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@Judybskt thank you for the amazing #jolabokaflodswap package! This is such a perfect, cute read for the holiday craziness, the chocolate looks DIVINE, and the bookmarks are precious! Thank you so so much!!

Judybskt @Hestapleton Enjoy! 📖🍫🎄🎅🏻 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon 🎅🎄🎁🍫 📖 Happy #Jolakabodflod! 2mo
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Cweeeevs
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Yikes... it has been quite a while since my last post. I took an unplanned break from reading as I've been having a bit of a rough time with migraines and chronic headaches lately, but I've finally finished this lovely comfort read! It's like a warm hug of a book. I really enjoyed spending time with Evvie. A definite pick that has me excited to get back to my tbr list! I hope everyone's Christmas involves some great reads!

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Readswithcoffee
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Mehso-so

*sigh* I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately for me, the premise upon which the entire storyline is based just didn‘t resonate with me. That being said, I enjoyed most of the middle or I would have bailed out completely. The ending is predictable, but that‘s what you sign up for with a rom com. Bottom line, when the premise of the story is a head shaker for me, it is pretty tough to end up with a final reaction other than “meh.”

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Bookwormjillk
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Overall a pick even though it didn‘t end the way I wanted it to. Deeper than typical chick lit.

I‘ve been a fan of Linda Holmes since her Television Without Pity days, and I was happy to read her book.

Blaire I love Linda Holmes and am looking forward to this one. I always enjoy her on npr‘s pop culture happy hour though I‘ve never seen 99% of the movies and tv shows that they cover. 3mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I haven‘t gotten any holds from Libby in months, and all of the sudden three came in at once! Let the #24b4Monday vibes continue for another week! I have a two day work week, and piles of laundry, enough cooking for an army, and multitudes of closets to clean. Yay for perfect timing!

hes7 All great books! Enjoy! 3mo
Kaila-ann Evvie Drake was quick and cute. 3mo
Bookwormjillk Thanks @hes7 and @Kaila-ann

I started Evvie Drake yesterday and it is quick and cute.
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LadyCait84
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Genuinely had such a fun time while reading this. A bit of lovely banter, characters I thoroughly liked, and the charming setting, all worked together to please my sappiest side.

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sarahgreatlove
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I love Linda Holmes on Pop Culture Happy hour and thought it was so great that she wrote a book! This is a romance but it differs from a lot of them in some noticeable ways. There‘s pretty much no “male gaze” at all.I loved watching Evvie “find herself”. I loved her courage. I loved that a lot of her journey she had to do alone. I liked this book a lot and I was so happy I did. I cried, happy tears, and it‘s a rare book that gets me to that place.

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baes
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 Stars

I really loved this. So cute and put a smile on my face all throughout. It felt over about halfway in, and then it dragged a teeny bit through the middle, but not necessarily in a bad way (I enjoyed every bit of it). So many books try to rush a relationship, and this one takes the time to explore. This was the perfect book about two people who are figuring out their new lives and what comes next. Oh, and love. ❤️

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Redwritinghood
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This was ok. I liked the characters, but a lot of the situations were predictable and some of the logistical details seemed missing. It was a light and breezy romance read, though, so overall not bad.

thebluestocking I felt the same. Not bad. Just not awesome. 4mo
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thebluestocking
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An interesting but predictable romance. Evvie is leaving her husband when she learns he has died in a car accident. Two years later, she has no idea what to do with her life. Enter sexy Major League Baseball pitcher suffering from the yips. I enjoy reading these kinds of books once in a while, but I found several details of this one unbelievable.

marleed I liked this story quite a bit but the one thing that really bugged me still sits with me months later. I felt like it created a litmus test for life insurance. As in you should be blissfully in love with your spouse at the time of their death in order to receive insurance. It didn‘t belong in the story - ins is more about the business of being married and not the amount love sustained in marriage. 4mo
thebluestocking @marleed Yes! This was one of the things that strained credulity for me. And combine that with the fact that she apparently never really worked consistently afterwards. It didn‘t make sense. How was she surviving? I was frustrated that the unimportant details like that got in the way of the story. 4mo
marleed I just think it‘s a destructive notion to advance... that if in your marriage where insurance premiums are being paid the honorable thing is to donate those funds to charity when you know in your heart you didn‘t love enough - whatever enough is. Oh yeah, let‘s just add that to the grieving process. 4mo
Redwritinghood @marleed @thebluestocking I‘m almost finished with this one on audiobook and I keep thinking she should take the money as compensation for putting up with that awful husband for so many years. 4mo
marleed @Redwritinghood Haha. As a widow myself, I just felt really weird about how that was handled. It made me wonder if the author had any real world experience about it - I would guess not. 4mo
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relocatedyank
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I waited months to read this and it did not disappoint. Quick, light read. Slightly predictable but brings out so many emotions. Loved the characters. :)

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🎉 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hello & Welcome 👻📚👻 4mo
Readswithcoffee Welcome to Litsy ☕️📚📚📚☕️ 4mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4mo
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thea-block
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What a beautiful, clever, and fulfilling story! I loved the many different pictures of loss, the processing of grief, and the new chances and opportunities. Though these can be heavy subjects, the story was still light, with hope and humor, but not undignified. This was my favorite type of contemporary read - good relational dynamics and growth (with the bonus of a fascinating premise and humor on the side). Will add to my favorites!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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howjessreads
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Little sister is having her piano lesson. I‘m trying to read my book, but big sister is done with her own book, and is bored. So she‘s alternating between handstands/asking me the square root of 96,462/trying to steal my reading glasses/asking me how to say mom in Italian. 🤷🏼‍♀️

How is YOUR Thursday going? 😂

Prairiegirl_reading Well I have a puppy so..... sort of similarly. Lol!! 4mo
britt_brooke 😆 4mo
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BittersweetBooks
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I knew there would be something else, but it was always after. After, after. It was like I was waiting for something to start, and I was actually in the middle of it the whole time ⚾️🦞🌼

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Librarybelle
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What to say about Evvie Drake? I kept thinking while reading this how human Evvie is - she‘s flawed and complicated, and there were times I could totally relate to her. The middle of this book is the slowest part. I liked this one. My #Newin2019 for #Booked2019 and my #Newin20192020 for #GrowUp #BBRC .

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 4mo
StayCurious You‘re doing so awesome! 4mo
Librarybelle Thank you, @StayCurious ! ❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen #DoubleDip 🍦🍦well done 4mo
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Suet624
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An easy-peasy (that‘s a technical term, obviously) read. 😀 A widow who feels guilty for not mourning the loss of her husband and a major league pitcher who has the yips (a truly technical term). A gentle romance novel with no big surprises but it was a welcome pause in my reading journey.

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Librarybelle
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I‘m so #cozy I don‘t want to get ready for work! #Zeke #Vladimir #catsoflitsy #FallIsBooked

OriginalCyn620 Aww! 🧡🐱 5mo
Leftcoastzen Cozy with kitties !It is the best!😻 5mo
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xicanti
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Y‘all, I thought this was gonna be one of THE books. Over the first 80 pages or so, Holmes nails my favourite blend of hilarity and heartbreak. I snickered and I cried and I rejoiced.

Unfortunately, the story loses some steam along the way. It‘s still good, but it also struggles to decide what it is. Litfic? Romance? Chick lit? Probably, it‘s General Fiction in the truest sense.

I did cry over the last 20 pages, though, and I rec it overall.

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xicanti
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It‘s slightly warmer today (ie, it hit 12 instead of hovering in the 2-8 range), and apparently that‘s made my tastebuds want beer. Okay, then.

I‘m hoping I can sink into this book tonight. It SEEMS like I‘m back in the right mood to enjoy contemporary, provided I alternate between that and secondary world fantasy.

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swishandflick
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Mehso-so

A little underwhelming, if I'm being honest. Though a bit of that could probably be attributed to a busy week and scarce time to read, I was just bored. Could be a good pick for folks who enjoy romance of the PG "closed door" variety though!

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wen4blu
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Finishing my weekend with this one.

Librarylady I loved this one! 5mo
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Emilyrjones22
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I‘m stealing this! One of the best explanations for the value of therapy I‘ve ever read/heard.

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swishandflick
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Done with the conference and enjoying a few extra days in the Orlando sun. Got some reading in at the Volcano Bay water park yesterday, but I haven't really connected with this book or the characters yet so it's feeling like a bit of a slog. Probably not the best choice for a busy week with minimal time to read, but I was trying to balance my library holds 😆.

Loving this brief, sunny respite before heading back to fall in NYC 🍂

Zelma Envious. That‘s my hometown and it‘s still home to me. 5mo
Alfoster Hopefully it will pick up for you! I really liked it! 5mo
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Jemgirl2014
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This one did not live up to my high expectations. The chemistry between Evvie and Dean seemed forced. Also, I didn't really warm up to Evvie's character. Even the setting was a bit dull and that's surprising since I love books that take place in little towns. I did enjoy reading about the relationship between Evvie and Andy. Sadly, Evvie had more chemistry with Andy than she did with Dean. 😐

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grumpygirlbooks
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Reading through this and I‘m really enjoying it so far. The conversations remind me of The Gilmore Girls a little bit

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AlizaApp
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A young widow in a small Maine town bonds with a former baseball player who rents out her spare room when he needs to get away for a while. They agree not to talk about the things bothering them (her late husband, not what he seemed; his baseball career, which is not ready to leave behind), which of course means that‘s all they talk about. A sweet and witty romance.

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Kaila-ann
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Mailing this one off to a #bookcrosser and forgot to take a picture before I packaged it 🤦🏻‍♀️.

I enjoyed this even though romance (and especially contemporary) isn‘t really my first choice anymore. It‘s mostly light & fluffy with enough real-ness to the characters to make it enjoyable. Evvie is dealing with the death of her husband and Dean is coming to grips with the fact that he can‘t pitch. Together they try to figure out how to move on.

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Kaila-ann
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😳😳🤣🤣

I couldn‘t help but laugh at this line. Turning out to be a pretty cute book. #bookquote #quickread #lightandfluffy