The Overdue Life of Amy Byler – Kelly Harms

The Overdue Life of Amy BylerThe Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Published: May 2019
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Family, Marriage, Vacation, Humour


Amy’s husband John abandoned her three years ago and though it was hard on her, she found a way to make life as a single mother work. But now John is back and wants to spend time with the kids. Reluctantly, Amy agrees and decides to go to New York where she ends up having a blast. #momspringa is on.

Though I don’t have children and am probably half of Amy Byler’s age, I was pretty entertained by this story and appreciated seeing a dedicated mom take care of her own self for once. Everything is realistic but with a touch of fantasy that reminds you that beautiful and exciting things can happen in life if you are open to them.

Another thing I liked was how the author gave us both worlds: that of the attached mother who needs to be in contact with her children every day and that of the carefree mother who is set on having a good time free of motherly duties. While in New York, Amy goes on dates, spends time with an old friend, gets a makeover and even… has sex. Gasp! A one-night stand or the start of something new?

But she does think of her daughter Cori and son Joe constantly. Every chapter basically begins with a message from Cori telling her what she is up to and especially what books she is currently reading seeing that Amy, a school librarian, encourages reading in her family. I found those letters/emails very touching and I was always happy to read them.

Recommended to those who enjoy contemporary romances and family-themed stories.


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