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Evvie Drake Starts Over

(2019)
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When you get a second chance, will you be brave enough to take it?

You don't always get to start your life over. Sometimes, life starts itself over for you.

One morning, Eveleth 'Evvie' Drake got up, packed her suitcase, and got ready to leave her life - and her perfect husband - behind. But before she walked out of the door, she received a phone call asking her to come to the hospital.

That day, Evvie's new life as a widow began.

Now wrestling with her guilt and grief, Evvie has found her independence, but not the way she planned. Unable to leave the house she once dreamed of escaping, it's clear to her best friend Andy that Evvie needs a change. And Andy might just have the answer....

Dean Tenney was a big-shot baseball star, until a bad case of the 'yips' meant he couldn't play anymore - or understand why. An invitation from his childhood friend Andy to stay in Maine for a few months seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button.

When Dean moves into the 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. But rules have a funny way of being broken sometimes, and as a friendship evolves into something more, will Evvie and Dean be brave enough to let go of the past and start over again?

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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Hardback Editions

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: When you get a second chance, will you be brave enough to take it?
Author(s): Linda Holmes
ISBN: 1-5293-9639-5 / 978-1-5293-9639-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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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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Paperback Editions

July 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over
Author(s): Linda Holmes
ISBN: 0-525-61926-7 / 978-0-525-61926-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House of Canada
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March 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: When you get a second chance, will you be brave enough to take it?
Author(s): Linda Holmes
ISBN: 1-4736-7927-3 / 978-1-4736-7927-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: When you get a second chance, will you be brave enough to take it?
Author(s): Linda Holmes
ISBN: 1-4736-7929-X / 978-1-4736-7929-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over
Author(s): Linda Holmes
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June 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over
Author(s): Linda Holmes
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon AU   


June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over
Author(s): Linda Holmes
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel
Author(s): Linda Holmes
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel
Author(s): Linda Holmes
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

June 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: When you get a second chance, will you be brave enough to take it?
Author(s): Linda Holmes
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


June 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel
Author(s): Linda Holmes
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA