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review 2020-03-22 16:38
Evie Drake Starts Over
Evvie Drake Starts Over - Linda Holmes

This was boring. It also made Maine sound boring too which after reading a ridiculous amount of Stephen King novels set in this state made me sad.


I think it ultimately didn’t work because Holmes doesn’t just come right out with things. Evie dances around her marriage and then you just get drips and drabs here and there about her mother, her friendships, everything. I think if we had gotten more flashbacks with Evie and her husband things would have felt more solid. Evie lying about things for almost two years though felt weird and even in the end it sounds like she kept things hidden from people. I don’t know, the message of this book was muddled.


The romance didn’t really work for me either. Maybe it was just me, but it felt like any guy could have stepped in there in the end.


The ending was okay, I just was glad to put this one aside.

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review 2020-01-16 04:14
Evvie Drake Starts Over
Evvie Drake Starts Over - Linda Holmes

Evvie was in the process of leaving her husband, as in had the bag packed and was about to drive away, when she got the call that he had been in an accident and died in the hospital. Since she hadn't told anyone she was leaving him, this put Evvie in a weird position as everyone around her mourned the man who treated her terribly.


Dean was a major-league pitcher who now had the yips and was struggling with what to do now. He decided to take his childhood friend, Andy (who was also Evvie's best friend), up on an offer to stay for a few months and rented out the apartment in Evvie's house at Andy's suggestion.


This was a fun read, despite dealing with a main character coming to terms with the fact that she was in an emotionally abusive relationship, which was impressive. I really liked watching Evvie figure out how to navigate relationships with other people after the emotional damage caused by her husband. Evvie started the book fairly isolated with only Andy as a friend. I liked their friendship and how it was tested over the course of the book, but I was also happy to see Evvie become friends with Andy's girlfriend, Monica. There was not a lot of Monica, but she was lovely whenever she showed up. Evvie also learned how to establish boundaries with people who cause her pain for her own mental health. Evvie's journey to healing was my favorite part of the book by far.


Of course, there was also Dean and Evvie's relationship. The two of them were rather sweet. I liked how, while they could help one another, neither of them were the cure for the other's problems.


The book was just nice. When there were problems, people would talk it out (even if it sometimes took a little bit of time to get them back in a room together). And I loved how the story also focused on Evvie healing, even if the path wasn't always the straight line she'd like it to be.

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