Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Evvie Drake’s husband died over a year ago and she’s struggling to function. She is barely working. She knows she should try to get more research and editing work but she’s having difficulty getting motivated. If she doesn’t figure something out soon she’s in danger of losing the home her husband chose for them. Her best friend Andy thinks he has a solution to her money woes: a tenant. Andy’s childhood friend has a huge case of the yips. Dean is a major league pitcher who can no longer throw a ball straight. Hiding out in Maine for a few months sounds like heaven to Dean so he moves into the apartment at the back of Evvie’s house. The housemates have only two rules: he can’t ask her about her husband and marriage and she can’t ask him about baseball and his wipeout. How long can these two stick to the rules?
I’ll admit that part of me was secretly hoping this wouldn’t be a romance but as the book went on I was rooting that these two would finally get together. Both are damaged in different ways but it’s Evvie we really follow in the story. She is a strong person that has been knocked down and is struggling to get back up. She’s been coping without any help and she is great at bottling up her emotions but really needs to open up to someone, anyone! So while it is a romance it’s also a story about a woman getting her life back by facing her feelings and accepting them and truly moving on after loss. This is not the grief stricken tale I was afraid I was getting into, it was much more. Fans of Mary Kay Andrews will like this lighter take on serious subjects.