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Evvie Drake Starts Over
Evvie Drake Starts Over | Linda Holmes
From the host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast comes 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. "Charming, hopeful, and gently romantic . . . Evvie Drake is great company." --Rainbow Rowell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park In a small town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth "Evvie" Drake rarely leaves her house. Everyone in town, including her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and she doesn't correct them. In New York, Dean Tenney, former major-league pitcher and Andy's childhood friend, is struggling with a case of the "yips": he can't throw straight anymore, and he can't figure out why. An invitation from Andy to stay in Maine for a few months seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button. When Dean 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. But before they can find out what might lie ahead, they'll have to wrestle a few demons: the bonds they've broken, the plans they've changed, and the secrets they've kept. They'll need a lot of help, but in life, as in baseball, there's always a chance--right up until the last out.
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sarahgreatlove
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I love Linda Holmes on Pop Culture Happy hour and thought it was so great that she wrote a book! This is a romance but it differs from a lot of them in some noticeable ways. There‘s pretty much no “male gaze” at all.I loved watching Evvie “find herself”. I loved her courage. I loved that a lot of her journey she had to do alone. I liked this book a lot and I was so happy I did. I cried, happy tears, and it‘s a rare book that gets me to that place.

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baes
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 Stars

I really loved this. So cute and put a smile on my face all throughout. It felt over about halfway in, and then it dragged a teeny bit through the middle, but not necessarily in a bad way (I enjoyed every bit of it). So many books try to rush a relationship, and this one takes the time to explore. This was the perfect book about two people who are figuring out their new lives and what comes next. Oh, and love. ❤️

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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

This was ok. I liked the characters, but a lot of the situations were predictable and some of the logistical details seemed missing. It was a light and breezy romance read, though, so overall not bad.

thebluestocking I felt the same. Not bad. Just not awesome. 2w
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thebluestocking
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Mehso-so

An interesting but predictable romance. Evvie is leaving her husband when she learns he has died in a car accident. Two years later, she has no idea what to do with her life. Enter sexy Major League Baseball pitcher suffering from the yips. I enjoy reading these kinds of books once in a while, but I found several details of this one unbelievable.

marleed I liked this story quite a bit but the one thing that really bugged me still sits with me months later. I felt like it created a litmus test for life insurance. As in you should be blissfully in love with your spouse at the time of their death in order to receive insurance. It didn‘t belong in the story - ins is more about the business of being married and not the amount love sustained in marriage. 2w
thebluestocking @marleed Yes! This was one of the things that strained credulity for me. And combine that with the fact that she apparently never really worked consistently afterwards. It didn‘t make sense. How was she surviving? I was frustrated that the unimportant details like that got in the way of the story. 2w
marleed I just think it‘s a destructive notion to advance... that if in your marriage where insurance premiums are being paid the honorable thing is to donate those funds to charity when you know in your heart you didn‘t love enough - whatever enough is. Oh yeah, let‘s just add that to the grieving process. 2w
Redwritinghood @marleed @thebluestocking I‘m almost finished with this one on audiobook and I keep thinking she should take the money as compensation for putting up with that awful husband for so many years. 2w
marleed @Redwritinghood Haha. As a widow myself, I just felt really weird about how that was handled. It made me wonder if the author had any real world experience about it - I would guess not. 2w
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relocatedyank
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I waited months to read this and it did not disappoint. Quick, light read. Slightly predictable but brings out so many emotions. Loved the characters. :)

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🎉 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hello & Welcome 👻📚👻 3w
Readswithcoffee Welcome to Litsy ☕️📚📚📚☕️ 3w
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3w
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thea-block
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What a beautiful, clever, and fulfilling story! I loved the many different pictures of loss, the processing of grief, and the new chances and opportunities. Though these can be heavy subjects, the story was still light, with hope and humor, but not undignified. This was my favorite type of contemporary read - good relational dynamics and growth (with the bonus of a fascinating premise and humor on the side). Will add to my favorites!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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howjessreads
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Little sister is having her piano lesson. I‘m trying to read my book, but big sister is done with her own book, and is bored. So she‘s alternating between handstands/asking me the square root of 96,462/trying to steal my reading glasses/asking me how to say mom in Italian. 🤷🏼‍♀️

How is YOUR Thursday going? 😂

Prairiegirl_reading Well I have a puppy so..... sort of similarly. Lol!! 4w
britt_brooke 😆 4w
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BittersweetBooks
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I knew there would be something else, but it was always after. After, after. It was like I was waiting for something to start, and I was actually in the middle of it the whole time ⚾️🦞🌼

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Librarybelle
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What to say about Evvie Drake? I kept thinking while reading this how human Evvie is - she‘s flawed and complicated, and there were times I could totally relate to her. The middle of this book is the slowest part. I liked this one. My #Newin2019 for #Booked2019 and my #Newin20192020 for #GrowUp #BBRC .

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 4w
StayCurious You‘re doing so awesome! 4w
Librarybelle Thank you, @StayCurious ! ❤️ 4w
Cinfhen #DoubleDip 🍦🍦well done 4w
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Suet624
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An easy-peasy (that‘s a technical term, obviously) read. 😀 A widow who feels guilty for not mourning the loss of her husband and a major league pitcher who has the yips (a truly technical term). A gentle romance novel with no big surprises but it was a welcome pause in my reading journey.

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Librarybelle
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I‘m so #cozy I don‘t want to get ready for work! #Zeke #Vladimir #catsoflitsy #FallIsBooked

OriginalCyn620 Aww! 🧡🐱 1mo
Leftcoastzen Cozy with kitties !It is the best!😻 1mo
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xicanti
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Y‘all, I thought this was gonna be one of THE books. Over the first 80 pages or so, Holmes nails my favourite blend of hilarity and heartbreak. I snickered and I cried and I rejoiced.

Unfortunately, the story loses some steam along the way. It‘s still good, but it also struggles to decide what it is. Litfic? Romance? Chick lit? Probably, it‘s General Fiction in the truest sense.

I did cry over the last 20 pages, though, and I rec it overall.

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xicanti
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It‘s slightly warmer today (ie, it hit 12 instead of hovering in the 2-8 range), and apparently that‘s made my tastebuds want beer. Okay, then.

I‘m hoping I can sink into this book tonight. It SEEMS like I‘m back in the right mood to enjoy contemporary, provided I alternate between that and secondary world fantasy.

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swishandflick
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Mehso-so

A little underwhelming, if I'm being honest. Though a bit of that could probably be attributed to a busy week and scarce time to read, I was just bored. Could be a good pick for folks who enjoy romance of the PG "closed door" variety though!

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wen4blu
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Finishing my weekend with this one.

Librarylady I loved this one! 1mo
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Emilyrjones22
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I‘m stealing this! One of the best explanations for the value of therapy I‘ve ever read/heard.

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swishandflick
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Done with the conference and enjoying a few extra days in the Orlando sun. Got some reading in at the Volcano Bay water park yesterday, but I haven't really connected with this book or the characters yet so it's feeling like a bit of a slog. Probably not the best choice for a busy week with minimal time to read, but I was trying to balance my library holds 😆.

Loving this brief, sunny respite before heading back to fall in NYC 🍂

Zelma Envious. That‘s my hometown and it‘s still home to me. 1mo
Alfoster Hopefully it will pick up for you! I really liked it! 1mo
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Jemgirl2014
Mehso-so

This one did not live up to my high expectations. The chemistry between Evvie and Dean seemed forced. Also, I didn't really warm up to Evvie's character. Even the setting was a bit dull and that's surprising since I love books that take place in little towns. I did enjoy reading about the relationship between Evvie and Andy. Sadly, Evvie had more chemistry with Andy than she did with Dean. 😐

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grumpygirlbooks
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Reading through this and I‘m really enjoying it so far. The conversations remind me of The Gilmore Girls a little bit

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AlizaApp
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A young widow in a small Maine town bonds with a former baseball player who rents out her spare room when he needs to get away for a while. They agree not to talk about the things bothering them (her late husband, not what he seemed; his baseball career, which is not ready to leave behind), which of course means that‘s all they talk about. A sweet and witty romance.

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Kaila-ann
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Mailing this one off to a #bookcrosser and forgot to take a picture before I packaged it 🤦🏻‍♀️.

I enjoyed this even though romance (and especially contemporary) isn‘t really my first choice anymore. It‘s mostly light & fluffy with enough real-ness to the characters to make it enjoyable. Evvie is dealing with the death of her husband and Dean is coming to grips with the fact that he can‘t pitch. Together they try to figure out how to move on.

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Kaila-ann
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😳😳🤣🤣

I couldn‘t help but laugh at this line. Turning out to be a pretty cute book. #bookquote #quickread #lightandfluffy

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irre
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This was cute.

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xicanti
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Small library haul this week. I requested the tagged book due to Litsy, and hey! It arrived on the day I admitted to myself I‘m not really in the mood for realistic contemporaries right now! How‘s that for timing?

I‘ve got it for three weeks. Hopefully I‘ll slide back into the mood before I‘ve gotta return it.

The others are because I miss superhero comics after weeks of creeping through PRINCESS JELLYFISH. Contemporaries, bro.

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Jemgirl2014
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As soon as I'm home from work! Can't wait! 😄

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Tiffiney
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Started this 2 days ago and flew through it! Enjoyable read.

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Kaylamburson
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I loved the humor in Evvie Drake. There were so many laugh-out-loud lines that the essence of this book reminded me a bit of Eleanor Oliphant. The story slowed down a few times, but I was always rooting for the romance and the characters' success. The sweetness of the story pushed me to the end. It's a feel-good read, even though it touches on some more difficult subjects, and it was the perfect close-out to summer reading.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Great review!!! Stacking! 2mo
BittersweetBooks Can‘t wait to start this one as soon as I get that notification from the library 😉 2mo
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Tiffiney
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Starting a new audible...been looking forward to this one!

erinreads I loved this book! 2mo
Tiffiney @erinreads I‘m about half way through and I‘m loving it so far 2mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Great audiobook. Charming and enjoyable.

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brittanythebookdragon
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I absolutely loved this book. Quick romance that is actually quite realistic. It‘s not instalove. Relationships change, broken people try to work through their issues, friendships change, people move on, drift apart, come together. Nothing stays the same and this book really draws on that. I felt it was quite realistic in the portrayal of our interactions with others as we navigate through this crazy life. Also, Dean is #boyfriendgoals.

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CaitZ
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I went to Chicago to visit the Field Museum, but it was such a beautiful day I sat by the lake and finished this instead. The museum will be there when it's cold. The book was just what I needed - light and cozy.

QuietlyLaura Sounds like a wonderful day! ☺️ 2mo
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Allthebookclubs
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Nice, light story. There were a few times Evvie‘s choices (or lack in making a choice) annoyed me but overall I liked it. Aside from the shocking beginning, it was easy to guess where it was all going but I enjoy not being held in complete suspense now and then. I recommend this for sure! Book 38 of 2019 (my momentum really slowed this summer :/)

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nomadreader
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I'm starting my Sunday with coffee in my favorite Iowa Public Radio mug, the perfect companion for the last 100 pages of this gem #booksandcoffee

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nomadreader
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I am loving the humor and pop culture references in this novel, but I love reading outside on 60-degree mornings even more😍

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nomadreader
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That feeling when the last 10% of your book was really a reading group guide and you have time to start a new one (I broke up with the audiobook and wanted to read it instead) #booksandbooze

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MicheleinPhilly
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Confession: Every so often my cold, cynical, black heart thoroughly enjoys a romantic comedy in either cinematic or novel form. This is a warm, witty, cozy, charming romantic comedy for grown ups. It‘s begging to be turned into a Nancy Meyers movie. 4⭐️

Bookish_B I loved this one! 2mo
ErinC I loved this one! 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Anti-Monday mopes superpower ACTIVATE! 🦸🏻‍♀️

Blaire That‘s how I felt yesterday...the Sunday blues. Today has been productive and the good weather pulled me out of it. Hope your book and lunch does the same for you. (edited) 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @Blaire I get a much less severe case of the Sunday sads since I started working from home full time. They used to be WICKED. Now I‘m just more grumpy on Mondays. ☺️ 2mo
LauraBeth Is that the Mac ‘n Cheese pizza? 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @LauraBeth Yes ma‘am! 2mo
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erinreads
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I was going to go for a walk before breakfast, but it‘s super gloomy out and this book is SO GOOD, so I think this was the better plan.

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erinreads
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Having a highly productive reading week! Still reading The Devil in the White City, but this is the start of book number 6 for the month and I am so loving it so far. Read 60 pages in one go before my husband made me join him for dinner. But now there‘s wine! So win win wine for everyone. 🍾

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Clwojick
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Going into this book, knowing it was a romantic comedy, I expected it to be a light hearted, easy read. Maybe because of that, I wasn‘t disappointed. The characters were likeable, their issues were relatable and IMO not over done. The witty banter had me laughing out loud & for the most part, this book in general kept a smile on my face. Recommended to those of you who are looking for a fun enjoyable read, that doesn‘t demand much thought.

Coleen_Nieto @Clwojick great review! You said so eloquently what I've been trying to say! 2mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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Gaaaahh!!! Me and Daisy loved this book. Linda Holmes captured all the feels. She even wrote about seeing mental health assistance in a way that makes sense for anyone. It's a fun book, but I really related to the characters. None of them were perfect, just perfectly ordinary. Love!

SharonAlger Oh my goodness! I have a half boxer named Daisy! Your girl is adorable 😍 2mo
Coleen_Nieto @SharonAlger thank you!! I love her so much! Her tongue is super long so its always hanging out of her mouth so she looks so goofy 😀 I look forward to seeing pictures of your Daisy! 2mo
SharonAlger @Coleen_Nieto her tongue looks hilarious 😂 I have one photo of my Daisy on one of my posts; she‘s the larger dog of the two in the picture. 2mo
Coleen_Nieto @SharonAlger she is adorable!! 2mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. Loving this book!
2. BBQ with friends tomorrow, then hopefully relaxing
3. Chicolate if I'm being simple, rocky road if I'm being extravagant
4. I played violin when I was a kid but no :(
5. Love the #friyayintoers! @howjessreads #friyayintro

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SW-T
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I was going to clean the house, but then I realized this book isn‘t going to read itself. 🤣

#humor #litsyhumor

Crazeedi All the time!😉❤ 2mo
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Bookish_B
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I loved this book. I liked that it didn‘t require suspension of disbelief- as often happens in these books the characters are fake dating, or making out or sleeping together & are somehow still in doubt about their feelings for one another, but not in this one. It happens slowly, over time & it‘s believable. The story, the characters & the relationships felt realistic & grown up. The dialogue is witty & fun. Overall I was charmed by this book.

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perfectlywinged
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Predictable romance set in Maine between a widow and baseball player (a little like a sexier Hallmark movie) but the characters were very well written.

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MelissaSue81
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Why is this book so popular? It is pure cheeseball hallmark movie fluff. Completely predictable down to each plot point. Also way too much dialogue. I don‘t get it!

cherinium I guess some people like the "cheeseball hallmark movie fluff." ??‍♀️ (I am not one of them, BTW.) 2mo
MelissaSue81 @cherinium - I know.. and I do occasionally like a fluffy book.. I wasn‘t expecting anything earth shattering from this one. but the way this one has been reviewed on goodreads and Litsy I was expecting something more. 2mo
MsLeah8417 There will always be an audience for this type of book. Folks love to escape and not have to worry about being challenged. 2mo
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LauraBeth So I gave this a book a pick only bc I can see a certain audience really enjoying it - but I‘m like you and really surprised this book got the traction that it did. I can only think it‘s due to the author‘s NPR connection. It was totally not my jam at all. 2mo
jillrhudy I thought it was really fun but I‘m sleep deprived and brain dead and want to get my groove back and want to read more books in which the awful husband dies halfway down page one —and I‘d love a movie! 🍿 2mo
marleed I thought they approached grief in an important way. So often when the spouse of someone we know passes, we assume the survivor has lost their truest love. That has to be hard when unbeknownst to everyone else that marriage was past its breaking point. On the other hand, I took issue with how life ins was handled. There is not a litmus test where only marriages in the throws of passion are deserving. 2mo
MelissaSue81 @marleed - I see your point on the not great spouse thing.. but I still think it was portrayed extremely one-dimensionally. The husband was a straight up villain, she no longer loved him (and was sure of it). It wasn't any mixed feelings type of thing.. just her guilt about it. I agree about the life insurance, she shouldn't have felt bad about it. Honestly I kind of skimmed the ending.. was that ever resolved? Did she use it for her new house?
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marleed @MelissaSue81 Haha - I better not say as it would be a spoiler! 2mo
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nomadreader
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Excited for this one!

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Owlizabeth
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This was exactly what I wanted it to be - funny and light and sweet, but not fluff. It has some serious themes and Evvie is a bit incomprehensible to me personally, but it made the book interesting. I‘ll be recommending this to all my #romantsy friends.

👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼1/2

B.Reader I felt the same about this book, both about Evvie and about the rating!!! 2mo
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Owlizabeth
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Adding this to the rotation, it‘s already sucked me in and I have a feeling it won‘t take me long to finish. I‘m in the mood for something light, funny and #romantsy.

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cherylmorton
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“‘The other day she called me ‘Father‘ he said. ‘Like we‘re on Little House on the Prairie.‘

Evvie frowned. ‘That‘s ‘Pa,‘ though.

‘Who am I thinking of? Who‘s called ‘Father‘?‘

‘Priests,‘ she said. ‘And Captain von Trapp.‘”

(This book is all about the dialog. Think #gilmoregirls level banter)