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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler (original 2019; edition 2019)

by Kelly Harms (Author)

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Title:The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
Authors:Kelly Harms (Author)
Info:Lake Union Publishing (2019), Edition: Reprint, 332 pages
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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler: A Novel by Kelly Harms (2019)



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Enjoyable book. Interesting supporting characters. Interesting issues. Nice summer read ( )
  shazjhb | Jul 10, 2019 |
Title: The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

Author: Kelly Harms

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating: Four


"The Overdue Life of Am Byler" by Kelly Harms

My Rationalization:

"The Overdue Life of Amy Byler" was definite on the point that her life needed a change. With Amy being a single parent, working as a Librarian, raising two children [Cori & Joe]for three years all by herself due to the fact that her husband had walked out on the family and went to Hong Kong to work. Now, her ex so she thought was back and wanted to be in his children's life. It was good to see Amy finally getting some time for herself in New York and the characters that she became involved with was humorous in all sorts of ways. It was good seeing Amy reinvent herself after the time she had created a life alone for her and the children. Amy, however, did get on my nerves as she often claimed that she had 'deserted or abandoned her children.' What the heck was that about? Didn't she understand that she desired it! Another part of the story that I didn't understand was since it seems as if John [her ex or whatever]seemed to have had money why had he not helped with child support? Why in the world would she let him get away with that! Well, this new and improved John...I just don't know. I hope he is there for his children as there seems to be a new romance for Amy? To find out you will have to pick up the good read to see what is next for Amy. ( )
  arlenadean | Jun 29, 2019 |
A special thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Amy Byler is an overworked and underappreciated single mom that could use a break. Three years ago, her husband went on a business trip to Hong Kong and never returned. So naturally Amy is skeptical when he shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer. With no one to answer to, Amy decides to head to New York City—her former college stomping ground—for a librarian conference.

On her kid-free escape, Amy thinks she's in for catching up on sleep, lots of reading, and some professional development. Instead, she lets her hair down and has a fling with a handsome librarian. She also reconnects and stays with Talia, an old friend from college. Talia is a successful magazine editor who talks Amy into a makeover which she dubs as a "momspringa" (a take on Rumspringa) and documents the experience as a feature in the magazine.

With one man capturing her heart, and the summer coming to a close, Amy has to decide how this is all going to play out. What is going to happen to this new Amy and the life that she has carved out for herself? Before she can decide, past and present collide and Amy may lose a lot more than either of her identities.

This book was incredibly charming! I loved the dynamic between Amy and her teenage daughter, Cori (who the reader gets to know through her journal entries). Harms's writing is relatable, endearing, and witty. She is particularly effective in capturing the struggles and challenges of a mother—from mother's guilt to constantly worrying about your children. Women regularly sacrifice themselves for their children and oftentimes it is at the expense of their own happiness. This can be detrimental to the relationships that they have with their partners and their friends.

Are you in need of a momspringa? I know a lot of women that are...so if that's you, grab your girlfriends, and grab a cocktail, this book is for you! ( )
  GirlWellRead | Jun 15, 2019 |
Good book about a mom who goes to NY to a librarian conference. Slow at first, gets decent, then wraps up a little too neatly. ( )
  cjordan916 | May 24, 2019 |
I loved this book! Amy's husband comes back after three years and she is suddenly given an opportunity to think about herself. She goes to New York and that is when the adventure begins.

The story is told in Amy's perspective and through her daughters journal entries.

It was funny and sweet and sad at times. ( )
  allegedlymari | May 23, 2019 |
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Single mother Amy Byler grabs the chance to enjoy a child-free summer in New York City, but then a crisis forces her to make some difficult choices.

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