9.22.2019

just finished

I had to sit with this one before I decided how much I liked it. What I liked about this is that love didn't magically solve all the problems of the main characters. And a lot of the dialog sounds like what my friends and I would say.

When Evvie tells Dean he can cook in her kitchen because his apartment only has a kitchenette he tells her “I’m only good at grilled cheese. And Pringles. I’m also good with Pringles. ”

Evvie: “Just cans of Pringles, or, like, you cook with Pringles?”
Dean: “Just Pringles. I buy them, I open the package, and then I stuff them straight into my face.”
Evvie: “Ah. Got it. That’s how I make Oreos,” she said. He grinned…

From the publisher:
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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