Title: The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
Author: Kelly Harms
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publication Date: May 1, 2019
An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller.
“A laugh-out-loud funny, pitch-perfect novel that will have readers rooting for this unlikely, relatable, and totally lovable heroine, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is the ultimate escape—and will leave moms everywhere questioning whether it isn’t time for a #momspringa of their own.” —New York Journal of Books
Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.
Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates. When one man in particular makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind.
But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.
As a mom, I’m well aware of how much of a selfless thing it can be. I’m not saying to to complain, or look for compliments. I love being a mom, but it’s hard. After I had my first baby 8 years ago, I quickly lost my identity and just become “Anthony’s mom.” As my kids have gotten older, I realized very quickly that I was falling down this dark hole of only being a mom, and I’d lost so much of my own self. It’s why I started blogging, and doing instagram. It gave me a place where I was Emily first, and a mom second. And it’s been so refreshing.
Amy Byler is a single mom, who has been picking up the pieces for three years after her husband left for little to no reason except that he could no longer handle his marriage or fatherhood. Like a lot of mom’s, Amy has forgotten how to be herself. When her husband comes back to town, and asks to take the kids for a week, she initially panics because what is there to do if she’s not doing for her kids (this is something I identify with on an extremely high scale. I barely remember how to grocery shop without kids anymore). Once she’s able to calm down, and think a bit, she realizes that maybe a small vacation to NY is exactly what she needs. Soon Amy finds herself going on a few blind dates, and trying reconcile her old life with her new, when the two worlds collide.
Amy is such a likeable and relatable character. She’s the typical mom, putting her kids before herself, and it was like looking in a mirror at times. I felt Amy on so many different levels, and for me, it’s what made this book so emotionally engaging and enjoyable. I also enjoyed seeing Amy grown and break out of her quintessential mom shell, and start to find her way back to herself. It was a freeing feeling, and one that I’ve experienced myself in bits and pieces.
This was a light, fun read with great characters that kept me coming back for more. This was an easy, quick read that I really enjoyed, and I’m glad I was given the chance to spend a few hours with these characters!
About the Author
Kelly Harms is the author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay. She has also worked with New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, Edgar, RITA, and Agatha award winners, and Indie Next List Picks in her time as an editor at a division of HarperCollins and later as an agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her son Griffin and puppy Scout.
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