Written By: Linda Holmes

Narrated By: Julia Whelan, Linda Holmes

Date: June 2019

Duration: 9 hours 7 minutes


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Read with Jenna 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


  • Janine K.

    I loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Melissa B.

    This book was heartfelt, funny and feel-good! I didn’t want it to be over!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Caitlin O.

    It’s just ok, I found the main character to be immature and grating and the relationship makes no sense, they have no chemistry.

  • LauraM

    I needed this listen! Very uplifting and loved the witty characters!

  • Sherry W.

    good light reading to take on a walk

  • Melissa R.

    The story line was good. It's been a long time since I've read a fiction, love story. One pro, need tissue toward the end. One con, someone needs their mouth washed out with soap. When I heard the language, 2 very strong words, I almost stopped it at the beginning. I let it continue, I was disappointed it was used more, but a little spread out. It's not something I would've read in any book club, let alone discuss. I know the book would've been a lot better with differ words. I would've given it a 5 rating. I will agree with others, I didn't want it to be over, but I liked where it did end. I was able to let it end where I wanted to.

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