It’s about two people trying to get through their issues who meet. But, more than anything it’s about the importance of mental health. One of the interesting passages that stuck with me was Evvie telling her therapist that she shouldn’t need therapy – that she should be able to get through on her own. To which the therapist replies with “Did you know you can pull your own teeth out with some pliers?” Evvie is confused. What does that have to do with anything? Well, just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you should especially if someone else can make the process easier.

This book started out a bit slow for me but as I learned more about Evvie, I started rooting for her.

Also, I really love the cover illustration artwork and design by Connie Gabbert – the colors and lettering are so peaceful.

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.

First published June 25, 2019

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