Review: Evvie Drake Starts Over.

Yes, it’s been a minute since I reviewed something, hasn’t it?

From the outset of Evvie Drake Starts Over, I couldn’t help but wish this had been published before I finished writing Life After Joe, as I know I would’ve been very positively influenced by Ms. Holmes’s novel.  Similar to my Joe, the book opens with the death of a husband (not a spoiler).  What follows is a wonderful story about Evvie and Dean, two well-developed and complicated characters.  Even Tim (the dead husband), who is ‘present’ throughout the book gets an excellent, believable backstory.  The chemistry felt natural, and I loved the supporting cast (just as realistic as the main characters).  Overall, I loved Ms. Holmes’s voice and would be happy to pick up her next novel.  The book brings up great questions, and yes, there is romance.  A weird sub-genre, but if reading about modern widows is something you’re interested in, then this is one to add to your list.  I have no doubt this will be optioned for film (maybe Hallmark, maybe someone bigger) by the end of the year.

I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley.  Opinions are my own!

Life After Joe: Playlist.

I decided Liz (Life After Joe) deserved a soundtrack for her many hours in the car. #betterlatethannever  In case you’re interested, I also did one for The Queen of England: Coronation.

  • Hamilton Soundtrack
  • Hamilton Mixtape
  • Good Feeling, Violent Femmes
  • Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
  • Bad Habit, Offspring
  • Back to Black, Amy Winehouse
  • Drinking in LA, Bran Van 3000
  • Save the Last Dance for Me, Michael Buble
  • Mess, Ben Folds
  • Come Away With Me, Norah Jones
  • Tonight the Heartache’s on Me, Dixie Chicks
  • Landslide, Dixie Chicks
  • Die A Happy Man, Thomas Rhett
  • Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, U2
  • Stolen Dance, Milky Chance
  • FourFiveSeconds, Rihanna
  • Don’t Speak, No Doubt
  • 99% Invisible (podcast)
  • Bitch Sesh (podcast)
  • This American Life (podcast)
  • On Being with Krista Tippett (podcast)