Evvie Drake Starts Over

A sweet, funny, slow-burn love story that also spends equal time on loss, letting go, and moving on. After losing what has so long defined you, who do you become?

And if you’ve been somebody’s first call, it’s hard not to be their first call anymore.

— Linda Holmes

Synopsis:

When Evvie Drake’s husband dies suddenly, and on the very day she was secretly planning to leave him, she feels stuck and lost. She builds a wall around herself to prevent anyone getting in and discovering she isn’t the perfect widow, and her husband wasn’t a nice man. She even keeps these secrets from her father and her best friend, Andy. Evvie’s resolve is soon challenged by former major-league pitcher Dean Tenney, who needs a break and a place to stay after losing his ability to pitch. They have much to figure out in themselves before they can find out what might lie ahead together.

Review:

Evvie Drake Starts Over is no cheek-burning hot and heavy romance novel between weak and shallow characters. It is, instead, a slow-burn love story between two flawed people who have lost the parts of themselves that once defined them. They must each discover what else there is to live for within themselves.

I’ve heard some reviews that were frustrated by the slow pace and lack of chemistry between the Evvie and Dean. While I agree that the pace is slow, I feel that this better resembles the more realistic (and sluggish) progress through loss and grief. There is no quick fix. There’s no rushing headlong into the next big thing or relationship that will magically fix you. There is only time, and patience, and perseverance. And usually a lot of tears, all the emotions, and multiple restarts to making new life changes.

The cast of characters are also wonderfully imperfect, and all on different steps in their personal journeys to find happiness. There are so many difficult facets of life in this book: A life in the shadows of a secretly abusive husband who’s now dead, an estranged mother looking to connect as it suits her, a wife who leaves her husband and two kids, a failed career, a lost purpose. Such heavy topics for a quick, light read! (To keep the tone more upbeat, Linda Holmes uses lots of cheeky dialogue and commentary about life, such as this:)

The tag on her chamomile teabag said, There is no trouble that a good cup of tea can’t solve. It sounded like what a gentleman on Downton Abbey would say right before his wife got an impacted tooth and elegantly perished in bed.

— Linda Holmes

Overall, Evvie Drake Starts Over is a light read about all the wonderful and heavy things in our lives: friendships, family, failure, personal rediscovery, and even mental health. (There’s also a sweet feel-good love story in there too.) I thoroughly enjoyed reading this lovely debut about love, loss, letting go, and moving on.

 

Publishing Details:

Evvie Drake Starts Over
by Linda Holmes
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Ballantine Books

Summary

Evvie Drake Starts Over is a slow-burn love story between two flawed people who have lost the parts of themselves that once defined them. They must each discover what else there is to live for within themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this lovely debut about love, loss, letting go, and moving on.

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