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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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SuziQoregon
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Loving the audio edition of this one. Listened to this part on the way home from work tonight. Cracked me up!!

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brennahawleycraig
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I haven‘t stayed up this late reading in a while...at least since early in my pregnancy, which at this point was a year ago. I honestly haven‘t had the brain space for this type of book lately, but this one is fabulous. Honestly, I get scared to read books by people I am aware of as something other than authors in case the book sucks (7-year Pop Culture Happy Hour-listener). This book was incredible. I would stay up this late again to read it.

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Holliesplaining
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Read this fluffy yet excellent read in a day. (That sticker is covering dirty laundry)

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Verity
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I loved this so much. I actually achieved practically nothing today because all I wanted to do was read this. Few minor quibbles, but pretty much just what I wanted to read this weekend. And the thanks at the end is basically list of people whose podcasts I listen to or who I follow on Twitter. I feel so seen!

rubyslippersreads I keep seeing this on Overdrive. I‘ll have to check it out. 😊 4d
marleed I dimmed a tip from the fifth star because of the life insurance thing - one‘s right to it is not based on how in love you were at the time of a death. People‘s guilt in grief is so raw, I‘d hate to put that on anyone. Otherwise, all the stars! 4d
Verity @marleed I was wondering what your minor quibble was. I see your point - but i could also see her not wanting to have to live off his money if she didn‘t have to because of the way she had felt about him and their relationship. 3d
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Lydiamansel
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Slow read, cute

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JoyBlue
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Just because there is a romantic relationship doesn't make it a romance, IMHO. I almost didn't read this simply because the top-listed genre on Goodreads is Romance. There are relationships galore, including w/male best friend, his daughters, (later) his girlfriend, Evvie's dad, and more. There's humor, sadness, hurt, and more.

I thought the ending was a little weak; but, overall, I really enjoyed this.

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auntie_jenn
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all the feels of a perfectly done rom-com. great humor, flawed characters you want to be friends with, and a happy every after ending. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Verity
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My hold came in! And quicker than I expected too!

marleed Loved this! There‘s one thing I‘d write differently, I‘ll watch for your reaction to the book! 5d
Verity @marleed oooh. Intriguing. I‘ll keep you posted. I‘m really enjoying it so far. 5d
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khooliha
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I suppose it's appropriate that a book about healing makes me want to go back to Maine (one nexus of grad school trauma) - this book is charming and kind and everything I wanted from it.
PS that lobster is my friend

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khooliha

I have loved Linda Holmes' writing since her Television Without Pity days, and I have been waiting for this book, and it is Charming. I am Charmed.

holarosarita I. CAN‘T. WAIT. 1w
khooliha @holarosarita I'm kinda mad I didn't start it earlier in the 4 day weekend, because I just want to relax and read it. I wish I had a hammock to read it in. 1w
holarosarita I have it on hold from the library. Might make it my next book club recc if the timing lines up. 1w
khooliha @holarosarita Ooh, that would be fun! 1w
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Christinak
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I got ahold of the audiobook (the holds at my library are ridiculous!) I‘m not doing anything else the rest of the evening other than listening to this.

robinb I enjoyed this book! 😊 1w
Sassy_Steph I read a physical copy of this book and I really liked it!! Enjoy!! 1w
marleed I read it last week. I loved it. There‘s just one thing that stopped me from 5 stars and that‘s very good for me! 1w
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Verity
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This is from a couple of days ago - but I think I got in there before the rush!

jillrhudy It‘s REALLY good! 2w
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I love Linda Holmes from NPR and her writing. This book was easy to read and fun. It sounded like her voice. And there were a lot of recognizable things in it.

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razmanda
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Two obviously meant-to-be characters who work their way through different kinds of grief while also giving one another smoldering looks?! Yes, please! Great vacation read, summer beach read, etc, etc. but also grounded in tough subjects like emotional abuse. I love Linda Holmes and Pop Culture Happy Hour, so pretty relieved that her book lived up to the hype.

marleed I read this yesterday and loved it. It will stay in my head for a long time. 2w
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marleed
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Oh my goodness! To every Litten naming this book in your 2019 Top6Reads - I get it! This is a witty way to speak to the reality that we truly don‘t have a window into the marriages of every couple we know - and not every widow/er has remained in love until death they depart. Moving through that kind of grief presents its own challenges. Yet somehow this is a fun read with great characters that I cheered on to the last page!

catebutler This is on my summer TBR! I can‘t wait to pick it up! 2w
marleed @catebutler I loved every minute of this book. I‘m really strict on my 5 star designation and there‘s just one thing that takes the shine out of one tip of the 5th star. Even so, it‘s sooo good! 2w
TheHeartlandBookFairy This is sitting on my TBR stack and in my Kindle. I have no excuses, I have a hard copy and an e-copy lol You're giving me more incentive to get to it sooner than later, thanks! 2w
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marleed @TheHeartlandBookFairy Oh good! It‘s an easy read, interesting story, and likable characters! I‘m sure you‘ll love reading it even more than completing it from your TBR! 2w
jillrhudy Chick lit par excellence! 2w
marleed @jillrhudy Haha, yes. I rather like chick lit. It sure cleans my palette for other genres! 2w
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Lillie
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Good beach read. A woman explores her new life in the wake of her husband's death. She has help from her father, best friend and possible new love interest. 🌟 🌟 🌟1/2

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jillrhudy
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Here are my #top6reads of 2019 so far. All great! All very thought-provoking! Lots of strong females represented including Dave's dear dog, Lucy!

marleed Your last 2 books are dropping from a library near me very soon! 2w
jillrhudy @marleed I couldn't recommend them more! I'm seriously thinking of buying them both to have forever. 2w
marleed Evvie was just loaned to me! Boy I spend way more on books because of my free Elib. If a book meets my strict 5 star requirement then I get to go purchase- even at full price. So far in 2019 I‘ve had 6 5-star reads which was perfect for today‘s prompt! 2w
Cinfhen Need to checkout some of your titles!!! Thanks for sharing ❣️ 2w
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jillrhudy
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As chick lit goes, this is absolutely wonderful, with unusual depth and perception. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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I stayed up until 2 am last night reading this and saved the end to savor this morning with coffee and cats. I just absolutely adored it. ❤️

jillrhudy It‘s terrific. Best in genre! 2w
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Went to hear Linda Holmes speak tonight at #politicsandprose about her new book. She was great, and so was seeing so many other NPR people come out to support her.

jmtrivera Linda Holmes! 3w
Kristy_K I loved this book! 3w
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brennahawleycraig
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The best book mail day!! I‘m so excited for more @EloisaJames and you can‘t go wrong with another historical mystery and book by one of my favorite podcasters Linda Holmes! #catsoflitsy

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VanChocStrawberry
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So excited for this book, I had it delivered to me on vacation! ❤️❤️

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Lauren.Archer
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So I just started a blog today. It is going to take a lot of work but I already threw up a post or two. Check it out if you have a sec.

https://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/06/25/yeah-for-book-deliveries/

mreads Good luck! 3w
GRgenius Yay! Welcome to the blogging world! :) 3w
booksaremyfavorite I also love Jenny and got that book today as well. Congrats on your new blog! 3w
Jeg Enjoyed reading your block and getting to know a little more about you. 3w
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Christine
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This starts with a unique and compelling premise, which I dug, but after that I‘ll admit it took me a minute to get into the story. But get into it I did, and I‘m so glad, because I really wanted to like this book! I‘ve listened to Linda on Pop Culture Happy Hour forEVER. After countless hours of her in my ears, I just want good things for her. 🙂 Overall this was sweet but not treacly, sharp-eyed, and a delightful read…so yay, Linda! 🦞

Christine Out Tuesday! Thanks, #netgalley 🙂 3w
marleed I‘m #12 on 1 copy coming Tuesday to my library. With that many early holds I have a feeling they‘ll purchase more copies and I‘ll get it soon! 3w
Christine @marleed Yes, 🤞!! 3w
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Karen3
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Evvie Drake is recently widowed and has shut herself off from her life. Dean Tenney is a struggling ex-pro baseball player who is dealing with the “yips”. The two lives collide when Dean rents out the apartment in Evvie‘s too large house. This is a story of getting on with life after being dealt a hand full of hardship. There is heartache, laughter, romance, and a lot of fun in this light and fun summer read. Thanks #Netgalley for the ARC ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Allietaylor16
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Lunchtime reading with Charlie Bird! I‘m excited to read this one!

hgrimes omg he‘s so cute!!! I used to have a parakeet that looked just like him when I was a kid. His name was Lima Bean. In fact, I went through 3 Lima Beans because his wife, Banana Peel (a yellow parakeet) lived to an advanced age and I didn‘t want her to know her Lima Bean died. 1mo
Allietaylor16 @hgrimes that is so precious! 1mo
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BeckyLeJ
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Day 8 of @bookriot‘s #riotgrams is Audiobook Activities. Here are a few of mine. Others include walks with the tiny, yard work, and cooking. #audiobooks are how most of my reading gets done these days. Thank goodness for @librofm and the library!!

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robinb
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This one was a wonderful surprise! Evvie Drake‘s emotionally abusive husband dies on the day she plans to leave him, and the rest of the book deals with how she comes to terms with guilt, abandonment issues (mom) and trying to be a “fixer”. Wonderful characters (especially loved her bff relationship), a slow, get-to-know, burn of a love interest and ultimately a path towards self-healing for Evvie. Fast read, loved it! 💙💚💙💚 5/5⭐️ Out 6/25 ⬇️

robinb Big thanks to #NetGalley, #RandomHouse and #BallantineBooks for providing me the ARC! The opinions are strictly my own. 1mo
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Kristy_K
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Wow, I devoured this book. I started during work (don‘t judge) and rushed home to finish it in evening. There was something about it that just resonated with me.

I loved every one of these characters. They were complex and broken and so so real. They dealt with the hand life gave them the same as so many of us would do: bravely one day, in denial the next, taking two steps forward and one step back.

#netgalley #arc #contemporary

MarriedtoMrT I just finished this and I echo your sentiments. I loved it! 2w
Kristy_K @MarriedtoMrT Yay! It was so good! It‘s surprising this is her debut novel (I believe lol). 2w
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Eveleth Drake will be the first to admit that she married the wrong guy. She was literally on her way out the door when she got the news. He didn‘t make it. Filled with something like guilt, grief, relief even, Eveleth must begin again. And she does, first alone, and then with “Baseball Dean”. ⬇️

BlameJennyJane They both need a do-over. But this is not the linear love story readers have come to expect. This story is frustrating, quirky, warm, clever, fresh and hope-filled. Get ready for rights to be sold to a streaming service near you. ⬇️ 2mo
BlameJennyJane I loved Evvie Drake Starts Over. Hits shelves on June 25th! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to @NetGalley and Ballantine Books for the privilege and pleasure of this advance copy.
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Sassy_Steph
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This book was just what I needed this week! It‘s been a week of calamities, a lot of little things that added up to a lot of frustration! Just a book to put a smile on your face!!

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Pandalibrarian
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I‘ve been listening to Pop Culture Happy Hour for a while now and could definitely hear Linda‘s voice as I was reading the book. I liked the Minnesota connection - I‘ve been to Eveleth! I hope that Linda continues to write more fiction. We need more hopeful books.

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Preciouz29
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I really, really enjoyed this book! It was a very realistic portrait of life and romance when you're not in your twenties anymore. The ending was also much more realistic!

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balletbookworm
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This is “For the Love of the Game” and “Catch and Release” and a good cry all rolled into one. This a story that starts in a bad life place for two people and lets them work through all their stuff over the course of a year. And you just want to cheer and sigh (because that is the finishing touch for a romance right there, the HEA sigh) for Evvie and Dean. This is out in June 2019 (soooorrrrrryyyy!) and I sincerely hope it won‘t be Linda‘s last.

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balletbookworm
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I see what you did there, Linda 😜

Christine Linda‘s novel - exciting!! 6mo
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