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Evvie Drake Starts Over

(2019)
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New York Times Best Seller
#ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today

"Everything a romantic comedy should be: witty, relatable, and a little complicated." (People)

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.

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, author of Daisy Jones & the Six)

"Charming, hopeful, and gently romantic.... Evvie Drake is great company." (Rainbow Rowell, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Eleanor & Park)

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"A sweet and sincere grown-up love story . . . Fans of grounded romance will fall hard for Evvie Drake and Dean Tenney, two broken people who help each other mend. . . . Refreshing and real, with a huge heart. I loved it." - Georgia Clark

"Evvie Drake Starts Over is a warm, witty, and wonderful romance about the art of creating second chances—or a whole second act. Linda Holmes’s moving, smartly written debut is so engaging, you’ll be tempted to wish Evvie could start over yet again, just for a sequel." - Heather Cocks

"A quirky, sweet, and splendid story of a woman coming into her own." - Taylor Jenkins Reid

"Charming, hopeful, and gently romantic . . . Evvie Drake is great company." - Rainbow Rowell

"I was utterly charmed—this book shows us that just because you’re broken doesn’t mean you can’t be put back together again. You’ll want to stay cozied up with these delightful, unique, and incredibly human characters long after you turn the last page." - Doree Shafrir

"Deeply moving while simultaneously hilarious, Evvie Drake Starts Over is what happens when great writing, complex and charming characters, and a not-quite-what-you-expect ending collide. . . . Much more than just another romantic comedy." - Karen White


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August 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over (Thorndike Press Large Print Women's Fiction)
Author(s): Linda Holmes
ISBN: 1-4328-6570-6 / 978-1-4328-6570-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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June 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: The emotional, uplifting, romantic bestseller
Author(s): Linda Holmes
ISBN: 1-5293-9639-5 / 978-1-5293-9639-3 (UK edition)
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June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel
Author(s): Linda Holmes
ISBN: 0-525-61924-0 / 978-0-525-61924-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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March 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: The emotional, uplifting, romantic bestseller
Author(s): Linda Holmes
ISBN: 1-4736-7927-3 / 978-1-4736-7927-6 (UK edition)
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: The emotional, uplifting, romantic bestseller
Author(s): Linda Holmes
ISBN: 1-4736-7929-X / 978-1-4736-7929-0 (UK edition)
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: The emotional, uplifting, romantic bestseller
Author(s): Linda Holmes
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel
Author(s): Linda Holmes
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