• Thank you to #Randomhouse #partner for this copy of Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes •
I love Maine.
I had the chance to visit five years ago and fell in love with it instantly. We traveled from Kennebunkport to Bar Harbor, with stops in Acadia, Cape Elizabeth, Portland, and Bangor. While in Bangor, we parked and went walking down the street where Stephen King lives. In complete transparency, that was the main reason we stopped in Bangor- SK simply amazes me, I think he is brilliant. I couldn’t help but think of his fictional town of Derry as we walked around taking in the sights.
Evvie Drake Starts Over is written by Linda Holmes, who is an NPR correspondent. “Holmes is an unabashed and ardent defender of the romantic comedy, so it’s unsurprising that her debut novel is exactly that,” according to the Bookpage article written about her. Sometimes rom-com books are exactly what I’m in the mood for. They serve as wonderful buffers between longer and more serious reads. A palate cleanser of sorts, which really, if you read across many genres, then every book can serve this purpose.
Below is the Amazon synopsis for this new book:
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.
This book sounds like a fun, fast read-perfect for the summer.
Regarding Maine, the town of Kennebunkport was my favorite spot that we visited. If you get the chance, go visit this beautiful state, it might just steal your heart.
“Reading brings us unknown friends”
– Honoré de Balzac