August’s Selection

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

I read this book a few weeks ago and by chapter 4 I knew this just HAD to be August's book selection. Evvie Drake Starts Over is beautifully written, touching, profound, and romantic. This novel has it all. Linda Holmes completely outdid herself on this one. I promise you will absolutely love this book and the characters inside! As soon as I finished the last page, I wanted to start it again!

Also, if you're an audio book person, I cannot recommend getting the audio version enough. One of my very favorite narrators and authors, Julia Whelan, reads the book and her voice is perfection. There were multiple times when I stopped and listened to a passage again. Gosh! It was just so good. 

I'm thrilled to be re-reading it with you all this month and I hope you will love it as much as I do! 


Ashley Brooke

What's It About

Evvie Drake is a young widow living in a small town in Maine. Her best friend Andy proposes she rent out her house's apartment to his friend Dean Tenney, a professional baseball player whose pitching game seems to have vanished. 

Dean and Evvie become friends and make a pact: She won't ask him about baseball and he won't ask her about her late husband. But before too long, Evvie and Dean are talking about lots of things and coming to terms with the twists and turns their lives have taken and evaluating where they want to go from here. 

Read With Us

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From The Editors
Why We Chose it:
About Ashley Brooke on

Y'all, this book. Poetic, romantic, real, and vulnerable, I can't get over this read. Evvie Drake Starts Over is the novel I've been looking for and I'm thrilled it's our August book selection. Quite possibly my favorite read of the year!

Ashley Brooke

Evvie Drake was the perfect blend of a lighthearted, small town love story and something more substantive. The characters are likable but also come across as very real people with real problems. It was tender and sweet and I loved it!

Betsy Storey
Betsy Storey, Co-Editor at the Ashley Brooke Book Club
Katherine McLean, Editor of the Ashley Brooke Book Club on

This book was brimming with real life and love. It felt so relatable for any season and truly showcased the redeeming qualities in each character. I hung on every word, I wish it had never ended!

Katherine McLean

About The Author

Linda Holmes is the host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour. A public speaker and moderator of conversations on pop culture and writing, Holmes began her career as an attorney. Evvie Drake Starts Over is her first novel. 

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About ABBC

The Ashley Brooke Book Club is here to inspire fun and thoughtful conversations about what we are reading, highlight women storytellers, and cross another great read off your ‘to be read’ list. We’re here for books that make you feel like you’ve had a night out with your girlfriends without ever leaving your couch!

Just for you. Just for fun.


  1. Hannah
    August 1, 2019 / 12:28 pm

    This book was SO adorable. I want them to make a Netflix movie out of it!

    • August 1, 2019 / 4:56 pm

      Juliana, you will love it!! Pinky promise!! xx

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