Evvie Drake is a young widow living in a big old house in a small town in Maine.  She doesn’t leave her house much except to go out to breakfast on Saturdays with her best friend, Andy.  Andy wants to find some way to help Evvie because he thinks Evvie is mired in grief. Andy’s childhood friend, Dean Tenney was a former star pitcher for the New York Yankees.  Dean can’t throw anymore because he’s got the “yips.”  He can’t pitch the way he used to and he has no idea why.  Dean wants to escape NY and Andy has a way to help him out.  Andy asks Evvie if Dean can rent the apartment in the back of Evvie’s house.

It would be easy for someone to dismiss or overlook this book, but you would be missing out on one of the best books I’ve read this year. I loved this book and I felt an immediate connection to the story, the setting, and to the characters. This book is the reason I love Bookstagram. I probably would have never heard of it or given it a chance without the recommendation from so many fellow readers. This is just the perfect, late-summer read. It has characters I couldn’t help but root for. The writing is wonderful. And there’s baseball. ⚾️ .

But no one thing overwhelms the story. And this story is really about Evvie, a young woman who must face her past and begin to really live her future. It’s a book about friendship and loss and grief and bravery in the face of reinventing yourself. 4.5 ⭐️

This is one of the books I read for #readwhatyouown September! I will be going through my backlist for the rest of 2019, hoping to find hidden gems on my bookshelves. Happy Sunday everyone!


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