I wasn't wowed by this, but it was a charming, pleasant diversion.
I first read Linda Holmes's Evvie Drake Starts Over back in 2019 and just loved it, so I was excited when my IRL Book Club picked this one as our September read. This time, I listened, and I loved it all over again!
I'm a fan of Linda Holmes on the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, so it was no surprise that the same wit, sensitivity, and common sense that characterize her analyses of pop culture also appear in Evvie Drake. ⬇
When it comes to reading, my summer wasn't the greatest. But things are slowing down, I can smell autumn in the air, and I felt like reading something light and romantic. I bought this book last year, and I'm not gonna lie, I bought it because of the cover. I just love the colour palette and lighthouses! 😄😄📚📚
Really liked this one. Finished it in 1 day!
I may have read this book in a day, in like 6-7 hours. I always love romance books since they‘re such a good palate cleanser. Doesn‘t make this book bad at all. I really loved it. Evvie definitely went through a lot and had to figure a lot out. Dean was really great too. I loved Evvies‘s journey and I think she should have been a part of the wedding party.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is exactly what I hope for when cracking open a contemporary fiction rom-com story. Well-written, funny, a little dark, a little light. Relatable characters. Evvie - short for Eveleth - is finally ready to leave her emotionally abusive husband only to find at that moment, he has suddenly died. The story unfolds revealing complex relationships with both family and friends. I loved Evvie. It‘s a good read!
This book sounds like a light romance, but it explored a number of surprisingly hard topics on the way. Both Evvie & Dean are dealing w/grief, managing others' expectations, & balancing that w/their own needs. The questions they have to ask themselves are hard & real. I like how Holmes keeps that foundation of reality, having characters call each other out on odd or hurtful choices, while also keeping the overall mood light, fun, & readable.
Evvie‘s emotionally abusive husband, a doctor & beloved member of their community, dies on the day she packs a bag to leave him; seeing herself as a disloyal monster, she hides this fact even from those nearest & dearest to her.
When a friend of a friend, a man getting over his own self-doubt, moves in as a tenant, they form a bond.
Though Evvie Drake is, in large part, a love story — the narrative centers even more on one woman‘s evolution.👇🏻
“Eveleth had always hated how blushing felt. It was accompanied by such a miserable desire to cease to be, utterly, to turn into a fog that could be waved away. This blush, though, was like blooming, like she might look down and see petals flutter from her own shoulders.”
This romantic comedy set in a small Maine coastal town is a really fun listen! I enjoyed the characters, the bantering dialogue and the many pop culture references! The titular character, a recent widow, winds up renting her apartment to an ex-professional baseball player with the yips- I found myself listening at every opportunity! Well-performed and genuinely a good time! #AudioColoring
I didn't want this book to end! I loved Evvie, Andy, and Dean, and I wanted to read more about them! Evvie is a young widow who's having a hard time moving on, but not for the reasons everyone thinks. Andy is her best friend, and even he didn't know what she'd been going through. Dean is a baseball player who's lost his ability to pitch, and wants to go somewhere quiet for awhile so he'll be left alone, so he rents the extra room in Evvie's house.
Sweet, but not too sweet, romance between two people who are each struggling with their own issues. Many topics, such as mental health, M/F friendship, and grief, are addressed and done well. The narrator did a great job too!
This was my pick for #pop21 #dooversorfreshstarts
Maybe it‘s just because of where I‘ve come from and where I‘m going, but I love Evvie so much. We have a lot of things in common and are on a similar path. I was rooting for her and for Dean, as individuals and as a couple. The author didn‘t downplay their struggles, and everything wasn‘t magically resolved in a page and a half at the end. Despite the realism, it is full of hope and optimism for the future, and I find that encouraging.
I just started this book this morning. I was planning to start it this week, then set it aside to start my January buddy reads and reading challenge books a few days early, then picked it up this morning because it just sounded so interesting. I'm really enjoying it so far, and I'm so glad I decided to go ahead and read it!
This was a really sweet and fun contemporary romance. No saccharine slop but plenty of rainbow sprinkles 💜💙🧡💚💛
A delightful choice for #Pop21 #DoOversAndFreshStarts
Heaps of praise forJulia Whelan who narrates the audiobook 🎧
Going for something light after my last listen. I‘m liking it so far 🎧
Cute rom-com with lots of cheeky flirtation that I ate up! I felt for Evvie so much, very relatable. I was rooting for every single character by the end, which of course didn‘t disappoint. I love a happy ending! ☺️
This book had some chuckles...it just kind of dragged on a bit and the protagonist kept too much in and lied about too much...that annoys me. I was so grateful when she finally went to therapy. I think I‘m the wrong demographic for this book, most likely. Maybe for the 20-30s crowd. Romance not my genre either, so take a look at other reviews if you really want to read this. #Maine
thank you so much for your friendship and thoughtfulness!!
It could‘ve have come on a better day!! Love you my friend ❤️❤️❤️❤️
2020 #62 I got really bored 3/4 of the way through. It seemed to be dragging on. Overall I‘d say...meh.
I loved this book! I laughed out loud a whole bunch and got teary a few times. It‘s an easy funny read with a great message about friends, friendship, grief, abuse and therapy.
This is my horoscope book pick according to Chatelaine magazine and unbeknownst to my friend, she bought it for me for my birthday 🎉👏🏻👌🏻
At the end of the day I'll officially be on VayStay for 2 weeks! Giddy with joy about that. The weather is beautiful - heat and humidity gone - so I plan to spend it out here getting some reading done!
This book by the way is perfection for a summer start of vacation read! I'm loving it so far!
Light and fluffy and made me smile. Found it a little hard to get into at first but then it flew. A fun rom-com where Evvie must find and define herself and possibly (no spoilers) finds love after her husband dies unexpectedly after a complicated marriage. Nice depiction of platonic friendship between male and female characters. Loved the npr and podcast references dropped in by Holmes whom I enjoy on npr‘s pop culture happy hour.