by Linda Holmes
Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her house in small town Maine, recently widowed people in town, including her best friend Andy, thinks the death of her husband keeps her locked inside and she doesn’t bother to correct them. In New York, Dean a former major-league pitcher and Andy’s childhood friend, is struggling on the baseball mound 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 regroup and figure out what is going on with his mind, body and soul. 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, what starts as an unexpected friendship soon turns into something more. With broke bonds, broken plans and secrets they’ve kept to themselves, they’ll need a lot of help from family and friends to help them maneuver through their life challenges. I thought this book was a pleasant read a little sad, charming and at times funny. It shows that life is not always easy and that sometimes you will have challenges in life that you will eventually have to deal with, but through friendship and love there is always a chance at a happier life ..