NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • “Everything a romantic comedy should be: witty, relatable, and a little complicated.”—People
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.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR
In a sleepy seaside town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her large, painfully empty house nearly a year after her husband’s death in a car crash. Everyone in town, even her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and Evvie doesn’t correct them.
Meanwhile, in New York City, Dean Tenney, former Major League pitcher and Andy’s childhood best friend, is wrestling with what miserable athletes living out their worst nightmares call the “yips”: he can’t throw straight anymore, and, even worse, he can’t figure out why. As the media storm heats up, an invitation from Andy to stay in Maine seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button on Dean’s future.
When he 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. To move forward, Evvie and Dean will have to reckon with their pasts—the friendships they’ve damaged, the secrets they’ve kept—but in life, as in baseball, there’s always a chance—up until the last out.
A joyful, hilarious, and hope-filled debut, Evvie Drake Starts Over will have you cheering for the two most unlikely comebacks of the year—and will leave you wanting more from Linda Holmes.
Praise for Evvie Drake Starts Over
“A quirky, sweet, and splendid story of a woman coming into her own.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six
“Effortlessly enjoyable . . . [a] pitch-perfect . . . adult love story that is as romantic as it is real.”–USA Today
“Charming, hopeful, and gently romantic . . . Evvie Drake is great company.”—Rainbow Rowell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’re big fans of Linda Holmes’ clever podcast, Pop Culture Happy Hour, and we’re delighted that her debut novel has the same witty charm. The romantic story revolves around newly widowed Evvie, who rents a spare room in her Maine home to Dean, a major-league pitcher suffering a career-threatening loss of confidence. Soon the wary strangers reveal their deepest secrets to each other while plotting the next chapters in their lives. Holmes’ buoyant, chatty delivery makes the endearingly self-deprecating Evvie as relatable as our own best friend. This sweet, hopeful novel reminds us that every ending is also a beginning.
Great book from an amazing writer.
I love Linda Holmes and very happy to have read this book she wrote. Lovely story, lovely people and her writing is spectacular. Funny and charming and now I want to go to Maine even more than I did before. Thank you Linda! Wonderful audio book version as well.
Evvie Drake Starts Over
Good book. I enjoyed it. Good solid writing and I enjoyed getting to know the characters and the town.
If Friends Was a Drama (and a book)
I experienced this book as an exaggerated sitcom. A whole lot of flirting, self deprecation, and awkward love stories. I struggled through it. Very (very) light.