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!
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.
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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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!