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Young widow Evvie Drake and major league pitcher Dean Tenney, who has lost his game and needs a chance to reset his life, form an unlikely relationship when Dean moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie's house. - (Baker & Taylor)

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.


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 - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for National Public Radio and the host of the podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which has held sold-out live shows in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, and elsewhere. She appears regularly on NPR&;s radio shows, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Before NPR, she wrote for New York magazine online and for TV Guide, as well as for the influential website Television Without Pity. In her free time, she watches far too many romantic comedies, bakes bread, watches her nephews get taller, and recently knitted her first hat. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Holmes's debut charms, as a young widow and a former Major League pitcher learn to begin again. Evvie Drake has spent her whole life in Calcasset, Maine, and doesn't feel as sad about her widowhood as she believe she should—possibly because she was packing up to leave her husband when she got the call about his deadly car accident. Then Dean Tenney, a former New York Yankees pitcher who has inexplicably lost his amazing pitching ability, comes to Maine to retreat from the media, and rents the apartment in Evvie's house. Evvie and Dean grow closer, with the agreement that they not discuss her husband or his failed baseball trajectory. When Dean gets an opportunity to revamp his career with Evvie's support, and she reveals some of the details of her difficult marriage to him, they develop trust and sparks ignite between them. But the future of their relationship depends on their ability to communicate and confide in one another. Believable, flawed characters are at the heart of this novel. At times deeply emotional yet sometimes extremely humorous, This is a satisfying crowd-pleaser. Agent: Sarah Burnes, the Gernert Company. (June)

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