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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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julieclair
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Now I know why everyone loved this book. I did, too!
#ReadTheUSA2023 #Maine @aperfectmjk
#TrappedOnAnIsland (February) #SayMyName #2023ReadySetRead @Clwojick

Clwojick Glad you enjoyed it! 2w
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Julsmarshall
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This was really good! The main characters are in tough situations and find themselves both supporting and challenging each other. Watching them fall for each other while working things out is really rewarding. I loved the baseball and transcription pieces, Linda Holmes is a wonderful writer. Great on #audio. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

ChasingOm I've loved both of her books. 🥰 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This one has been on my TBR for a while! 3w
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TheBookgeekFrau
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Wasn't a fan but it works for #Loveathon #FriendsToLovers

Clwojick ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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CleverGirl
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New book, rainy day ☔️

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AnnieMcC
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This was included on a site that listed books about new beginnings and fresh starts. I had read, and enjoyed, some of the books posted so I gave this a try, looking for something light. This was just boring and I didn't care at all for the characters. . . I didn't finish.

marleed I had a hard time with this book for one specific reason - it equated her late husband‘s (bad as the marriage was) life insurance policy to the love she felt (or didn‘t) at the point of his death. That really bugs me. Life insurance is not gaged by how much love you have for a spouse. I thought it was irresponsible story telling that could really mess with a reader that was moving through the death of a spouse. 2mo
Suet624 @marleed great point. 1mo
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Dragon
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This audiobook is such a non-cheesey easy romance read by a great voice actor. A widow and a washed out baseball ⚾️ pitcher meet and mingle, with serious undertones: anxiety, grief, separation. Definitely a #blameitonLitsy -so good I‘m listening to Flying Solo by the same author

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 8mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yay🤗📚💛 8mo
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Skeeterisme
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Adorable

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AmyK1
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Evvie Drake is learning how to live again after the death of her abusive husband, with the help of a few close friends and an ex major league pitcher who rents out the apartment attached to her house. This was good-light, sweet and funny at times, which was what I was looking for.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf 📚 11mo
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Sophronisba
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Mehso-so

I wasn't wowed by this, but it was a charming, pleasant diversion.

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CoffeeNBooks
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Andrew65 This looks good. Stacked. (edited) 1y
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melissajayne
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Mehso-so

3⭐️ Thought it was ok; was kinda average. There were some aspects that I thought were better than others, but felt it was nothing special. #2021 #fiction #contemporary #romance #bookreview #bookstagram

+16pts #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs

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melissajayne
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Go now, or you‘ll never go, Evvie warned herself.

#firstlinefridays

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Arvena
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Mehso-so

Sadly, I ended up disliking this book: the story seemed incomplete and entirely predictable and forgettable, boring characters... It just did not work for me.

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Arvena
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Starting a new book 📖

IuliaC Lovely view! 1y
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UnabridgedPod
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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. ⬇

UnabridgedPod The book opens as Evvie is preparing to leave her husband, the man she's been with since high school. She's packed up and ready to step into the car when she gets a call: he's been in a car accident and has died.

Evvie hadn't told *anyone*—not even her best friend, Andy, who she tells everything—that she was leaving, so now, a year later, she's stuck being treated like a grieving widow when really she's anything but. She's stuck. ⬇
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UnabridgedPod Her life begins to change when Dean Tenney walks through her door, courtesy of Andy, with whom he grew up. Dean is seeking an escape from his life in New York City, where he's plagued by the media. He's been a star pitcher for the New York Yankees for year until suddenly, he comes down with a bad case of the yips and can no longer pitch. Nothing happened. Nothing's wrong. He just can't pitch. ⬇ (edited) 2y
UnabridgedPod Watching these two kind, thoughtful people as they work through recovery separately and together is just a joy. I love the book in both formats (Julia Whelan, as always, does a great job narrating the audiobook), and could hardly stop reading either time. 2y
BkClubCare Ty for this fabulous recommendation. I will add to my tbl (to be listened) 😊 2y
UnabridgedPod @BkClubCare I hope you enjoy it!! 2y
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Laughterhp
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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.

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Laughterhp
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It‘s always nice to have a relaxing Friday night when you have a super busy weekend ahead of you!

🍷&📚

eanderson I love Friends!!! Enjoy your evening! 2y
samantharoberts Looks like the perfect Friday night to me! Love friends and I loved Evvie Drake 😄 2y
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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!

Cinfhen I listened to the audio awhile back and was really smitten 🤩 A perfect summer listen 🎧 2y
Megabooks Britt and @Cinfhen I picked this up on audible at some point but have never read it. I‘ll have to remember when I‘m looking for light fiction. 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen It‘s fun, @Megabooks but not saccharine sweet 2y
britt_brooke @Megabooks I think you‘ll like it! Like @Cinfhen said, it‘s sweet, but not over the top. A good palette cleanser. (edited) 2y
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jmtrivera
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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.

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Dalaine
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This was a really fun and easy read. It's about starting over (obviously) but it also deals with failure and complicated relationships (of all kinds). I've seen reviews comparing it to a Hallmark movie (in the nicest way possible) and I don't disagree...

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lanecannon
Mehso-so

It was just ok to me. I wanted more depth to the characters.

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CoffeeNBooks
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#LitsySpringBreak #Ballgame
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.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheKidUpstairs

TheKidUpstairs Ooh, this sounds like a good read 2y
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monalyisha
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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.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: I read this novel for book club & more than one of my friends said Evvie reminded them of me. It wasn‘t the toxic relationship part (my husband is genuinely lovely). So where could the similarity lie? I‘m not saying it was her wardrobe of gigantic hole-y sweaters but...okay, yeah I am. It it was definitely the gigantic, hole-y sweaters. 🤷‍♀️ What‘s a girl gotta do to be cozy *&* avoid the judgment of her peers?! 😅 2y
marleed @monalyisha That‘s hilarious! I really liked this book but one concept kept me from recommending it. If a spouse dies and their marriage is not the picture of perfection that others perceive, guilt for receiving life insurance should not even be a consideration on the table. Life ins is the business side of a marriage and should never be equated to the quality of love lost or grieved inside a marriage. Saying this as a surviving spouse. 2y
monalyisha @marleed I get it! I think Evvie felt a lot of things that weren‘t purely logical. I didn‘t view it as an opinion of the author or a moral position — just someone coping with their feelings in a way that was personal & specific to them. 2y
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monalyisha
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“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.”

monalyisha 🎨: by Steve Adams (edited) 2y
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monalyisha
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Hot cocoa & indecision. ☕️

Sharpeipup Love all of that! 2y
AlaMich Ooohh, are those Lucky Charms? 😋 2y
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TorieStorieS
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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

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SheilaChew
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I stayed up late reading! I feel like one of the best parts of me - the lover of books - is coming back after a long absence. Also, knitting this beautiful yarn into a scarf.

CSeydel That is beautiful! 2y
SheilaChew @CSeydel thank you! 💕 2y
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CoffeeNBooks
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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.

Chelleo I liked this book too! 2y
MittenGirlPeach This was such an enjoyable book! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence This one was more substantive than I thought it would be and I liked it! 2y
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MallenNC I liked this book and I plan to reread it soon! I don‘t reread often but I want to revisit with Evvie. 2y
CoffeeNBooks @MallenNC I can absolutely see myself rereading this one! 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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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
#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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jenniferajanes
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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.

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CoffeeNBooks
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Happy New Year! #coffeeandabook

alisiakae Happy New Year! 🎉🥳🍾 2y
La_Cori Happy New Year! 🎉🎆 (love the mug😍) 2y
CoffeeNBooks @La_Cori It's one of my favorites- I love The Goonies! 2y
AmyG Happy New Year! 🎉❤️😘 2y
MartinaLove I was the book? 2y
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CoffeeNBooks
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Evvie Drake Starts Over will be my last book of 2020 and my first book of 2021.
#lastfirst @BookNAround

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CoffeeNBooks
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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!

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Cinfhen
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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 🎧

Cinfhen I think you might like this one @KarenUK 2y
Suet624 I thought this was seriously underrated. A sweet story that didn‘t make me want to barf. 2y
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Librarybelle I really liked this one, recommended it to some colleagues, who enjoyed it and have since recommended it to others. It deserves lots of love! 2y
Cinfhen It was really enjoyable @Librarybelle 2y
Thousand-Lives Your review is spot on! This is not my preferred genre but I really enjoyed this book. 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Thousand-Lives 💜I don‘t listen / read too many romance novels but this one hit all the right notes! It was a good blend of humor and heart (edited) 2y
KarenUK This was going to be my choice for #pop21 Great minds think alike! 😂💕 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha!! That‘s hysterical @KarenUK you‘re gonna love it 😊 2y
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Cinfhen
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Going for something light after my last listen. I‘m liking it so far 🎧

BarbaraBB This looks the complete opposite indeed! 2y
Cinfhen Sooooooo different @BarbaraBB but im enjoying the light banter 💜🎧 2y
Megabooks I think I have this in my audio queue! 2y
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Cinfhen It‘s light and fun and I love Julia Whelan @Megabooks 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen you know, I have read one narrated by Julia in forever. I wonder if she‘s writing another book and taking on less VO work. 🤔 2y
Cinfhen Same @Megabooks it‘s been a long time since I last listened to her narrate a book....she‘s good 2y
KarenUK I love the author on the NPR podcast ‘pop culture happy hour‘..... she‘s really fun 💕 2y
Cinfhen I believe that @KarenUK because her pop culture references in the book are really funny and spot on 2y
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BooksNBowls
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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! ☺️

jenniferajanes Love this review! I‘m reading this in the next few months too! 2y
BooksNBowls @jenniferajanes I hope you enjoy it as much as I did it was a very quick and easy read! ☺️ 2y
Bklover I enjoyed this one too! 2y
jenniferajanes @BooksNBowls Sounds perfect! 🥰 📚 2y
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BooksNBowls
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On to the next one! 😉 What are you reading currently?!

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Jeannineth
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Started this light read today.

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Mehso-so

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

JanuarieTimewalker13 Why the heck keep your wedding rings on for a year if you didn‘t even like your deceased husband and you were going to leave him anyway? Nothing rang true. (edited) 2y
wanderinglynn @JanuarieTimewalker13 She wore it because of guilt. She felt guilty. Guilt makes people do strange things sometimes. 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @wanderinglynn she was leaving him bc he was a jerk. Now he‘s a dead jerk. So what? Lol 2y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 @Wandering did the spoiler come off on first 2 comments? That‘s what it looks like from my end. 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @wanderinglynn I‘m rethinking this...she spent half her life with him and her self esteem was crushed. I think that‘s what makes people do strange things too. 2y
wanderinglynn Once you tap it, it will always show. But it will still be hidden to others. 2y
wanderinglynn @JanuarieTimewalker13 yes, but the jerk had parents who loved him & cared for her too. People tend to forget the descendent‘s bad qualities & only remember the good. Plus in this story, he was a doctor in a small town, someone that most people saw as a paragon of good. Of course, they didn‘t have to live with him. They only saw that 1 side. So part of it is she feels guilty because she doesn‘t feel sad. (edited) 2y
wanderinglynn Grief takes many different forms. It can result in people acting out of character. And it can last years, if not decades. 2y
wanderinglynn And very true what you said. She was so young when they started dating. And then she had been in his shadow for so long, she had been the doctor‘s wife, but didn‘t have her own separate identity. She just really didn‘t know who she was without him. (edited) 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @wanderinglynn oh thank you for informing me of that!!! Ok, so spoiler alerts still intact. See, to me it‘s crazy that Andy knew nothing. He was her first call person....I did like that idea..a first call person. There were things I liked. 2y
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“Go now, or you‘ll never go, Evvie warned herself.”

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Missy,
thank you so much for your friendship and thoughtfulness!!
It could‘ve have come on a better day!! Love you my friend ❤️❤️❤️❤️

#LitsyLove

Bklover ❤️❤️❤️❤️Glad it arrived when you needed it!! Hope it wasn‘t too much trouble getting the card out. I may❤️❤️❤️❤️ have overdone the tape! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bklover I almost didn‘t open it, but then I thought it looked thick so I opened it!! Thank you sooo much 💗💗💗💗💗💗 3y
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Danay
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2020 #62 I got really bored 3/4 of the way through. It seemed to be dragging on. Overall I‘d say...meh.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m 80% in and besides a few chuckles earlier on, not wowed. She wears her wedding rings for a long time after her husband is dead and she was going to leave the jerk anyway? I feel like she has no backbone. 2y
Danay I agree! She was weak about a lot of things, therefore, the storyline felt weak. I need a strong heroine!! 2y
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