The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life fi ...more
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Amy Byler is a school librarian and single mom with two kids, ages 12 and 15. Her husband up and left them for nebulous reasons three years previously. It has been a struggle to make things work, but Amy has indeed made a good life for her family even though she is worn down from her efforts. Suddenly Amy’s husband reappears and wants three months of re-b ...more
"I have suffered plenty. I am a poster child for low-grade chronic suffering. If an ad agency wanted to make suffering into a thirty-second spot, they would make a time-lapse video of me in my three colors of elastic-waistband teacher pants shoveling eight inches of snow at five a.m. so my kids can get to their early-bird activities on time, then teaching 250 overprivileged kids how to not use computers for porn for ten hours, and then collapsing in ...more
There is a very bookish theme, sparkling banter between the characters, including in-depth discussions on books. And there is food porn, there was so much food consumed that I was constantly hungry. And there was journaling. And a New York setting. And all the humour, literally laugh out loud moments.
And, and, and.
I could keep whispering sweet nothings about this book, but I rather you discover the joys of it yourself.
If you love books bursting with wit ...more
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, h ...more
The one knock I have about this book is the way the teenage ch ...more
What mom doesn't want a "momspringa" at least once in their life? This novel addresses the need for mothers to have time for themselves to rediscover who they are and what they want out of life. I was envying Amy for her "moms ...more
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 da ...more
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Amy’s life as a wife and mother was going along as smoothly as can be expected with John, a mostly absent husband, Joe, an eight year old genius son and the diver, Cori, her twelve year old daughter. But on the day John rolled his suitcase out the door and got on a flight to Hong Kong, stable, stay-at-home mom, Amy, became a single mother with two children to raise. Quite quickly, according to Amy’s BFF, Lena, Amy snagged a job as school ...more
Heroine Amy Byler has been a single mom for three years, since her husband of 18 years suffered some kind of midlife crisis and took himself off to Hong Kong to work and to live with a much younger woman. Well, okay. That happens. What didn't s ...more
Kelly Harms is a wonderful storyteller with likable characters and the humor and emotions of a page turner. A great beach read!
I really liked this bo ...more
Mild-mannered Amy accepts the situation and allows her guilt-ridden husband to spend the summe ...more
(Reviewer’s note: When I expressed an interest in our Facebook authors and readers group, the author very graciously sent me an ARC of THE OVERDUE LIFE OF AMY BYLER. This in no way influenced my review of what quickly became my favourite read of 2019. Cookies might, but never a free book. *wink*)
When Amy Byler’s husband abandons her and their two young children for a younger woman half a world away – why do men insist on being so cliché? – Amy is ...more
Oh sure, she got some sarcastic remarks from her daughter but she was a teenager so Amy handled it as needed. Then out of the blue, with no warning, her ex-husband shows up. He is full of guilt and realiz ...more
I very much enjoyed this witty account of an overworked single mom who escapes for a glamorous, romantic, and fun filled summer in Manhattan. Nice escape reading and quite a contrast to the terrific dystopian novel, The Wall, which I read before Amy’s adventures
Definitely a fabulous, laugh out loud funny novel mixed with a whole lot of truth.
What Mom doesn't forget herself as she is raising her kids?
What is a Mom's life? Does it include time and enjoyment for oneself?
When Amy's husband decides to come forth and get to know" his kids after a few years on hiatus, Amy decides with some reluctance and persuasion, to take a month for herself. Could she really relax, live and love?
This is a wakeup that is amaz ...more