The Overdue Life of Amy Bylerby Published 01 May 2019
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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.
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler Reviews
I needed something quick and fun to read, and this book fit the bill. It's pretty stereotypical chick-lit. The woman has been wronged by a man who comes back to make amends and gets a fun vacation to NY out of the deal where every guy is either her gay best friend or wants to sleep with her. Confused feelings about the men in her life, conflicted about what she wants out of life, cue in some deepish thoughts. Happy endings all around.
The one knock I have about this book is the way the teenage character talk and interact with their parents. A 12 year old boy uses the word "darling" unironically for one example. An adult man introduces his girlfriend to his teen daughter by calling her "sexy." When I was fifteen, I would have vomited if my father had called my own mother sexy, much less some woman I've never met before but deep down know my father is sleeping with. Look, I know it's 2019 and every parents wants to be woke (after they Google what that's supposed to mean) and the cool mom or dad, but teens are still teens and they still hide periods from their dad and the fact that their new boyfriend felt them up from their moms. It just felt unnatural. A lot of the dialogue did.
Ask me in a week what this book was about and I probably won't be able to remember. But I had fun reading it, and that's all I wanted.
Author Kelly Harms has started a thing with Amy Byler and her #momspringa and every mom is going to want one! Read about it here!
Amy Byler lives in a small town in Pennsylvania and is utterly shocked when she sees her missing husband, John, in her neighborhood drugstore. Three years ago, John went to Hong Kong and never came home. But, he is back now, and wants to spend a week with the children he abandoned: Cori, 15, and Joe, 11. He wants to fix things, make things right and be the father he should have always been.
After a tumultuous family meeting, the kids agree to hang with their dad for a week. Amy decides to take advantage of the week by attending a library educators’ conference and visiting a friend in NYC. She meets a "hot librarian" Daniel Seong-Eason, while at the conference and sparks fly.
When John's week with Cori and Joe turns into a month, Amy stays in NYC, where she gets a new wardrobe and hairstyle and is featured in a fashion magazine managed by her college friend Talia, who also offers Amy her apartment, rent-free, for the summer. The magazine arranges a series of tantalizing dates for Amy’s “#momspringa” NYC adventure, which is trending on social media. Amy is soon torn between her glamorous life in New York and the needs of her children at home.
This book is absolutely adorable. It’s light and laugh out loud funny and will capture your attention as well as your imagination. I couldn’t put it down. It’s easy and fun to read, and particularly would appeal to those hard-working mom’s that never seem to get a break. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is clever and gives us all something to think about.
I was drawn to Kelly Harms’ librarian humor and book references, especially the shout out to Ann Patchett, my favorite author; and salt and vinegar potato chips, my favorite snack. How did she know! Amy’s friends, Talia and Lena were the best, and I loved, loved, loved their text exchanges. Totally agree with Amy that every mom should have a #momspringa! Oh, and by the way...I’m attending a library conference in Florida in two weeks! Lol!
Author Kelly Harms is an author, a mother and a big dreamer. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her sparkling son, Griffin; her fluffy dog, Scout; and her beloved Irishman, Chris. Before this midwestern life, she lived in New York City and worked with many of her author-heroes as an editor at HarperCollins, and then as a literary agent. at the Jane Rotrosen Agency.
Publisher Lake Union
Published May 1, 2019
Amy Byler's husband ditched her and their kids three years ago, so when he shows up, full of reget, we can forgive her for being less than welcoming. Still, she could use a break--and a life.
What follows is so engaging, I had to clear my calendar. Harms dances on the knife edge between snort-your-coffee humor and bull's-eye insights, often in the same sentence. As a card-carrying curmudgeon, I resist such tactics, but here I never felt played. Instead, I was swept up in Amy's Everymom dilemma, her quest for a full life without sinking into the swamp of selfishness.
Whip-smart and honest to the core, THE OVERDUE LIFE OF AMY BYLER is a thoughtful, nimble charmer.
Did I mention the hot librarian?
I really enjoyed this book. The style is breezy and humorous, despite the somewhat serious subject, and I loved the heroine who goes on a Momspringa and rediscovers herself in the process. Will definitely recommend and It should find many fans with readers of this type of fiction.
I'm in the minority on this one.
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is a cute, quick, predictable read. What you expect to happen is exactly what happens. It's a character driven novel, which is fine...I don't need constant action when books are well-written. Unfortunately, the characters seemed very much like characters, and not actual people. The dialogue reminded me of an 80s sitcom where everyone spews one-liners...even the 12 year old. The voices of Amy (the mother) and Cori (her 15 year old daughter) were virtually indistinguishable. And the constant corny jokes eventually became trite and tiresome.
Neither negative, nor positive thoughts about this story abound...which sums the book up pretty well for me. It's an unmemorable, completely average novel.
**I received a free, advanced copy of this book through Amazon's Kindle First program. All opinions are my own.