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4.71  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  25 reviews
“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 b
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Christine
I have been reading some heavy novels recently and thought it was time for something a little less oppressive. This one fit the bill perfectly.

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
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Kristy Harvey
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quit reading this review and go read this book! It is laugh-out-loud hilarious and I still can't figure out how Harms can so seamlessly transition from writing a snarky but charming teenager to writing a full grown woman in the midst of her #momspringa (Don't know what that is? Well, GO READ THE BOOK.) in a matter of a page. I could not put this book down!! I'd give it 10 stars if I could!
Sonja Yoerg
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, h
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Trish at Between My Lines
I’m spilling over with love for this book.

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
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Kelly Well Read
I'm so grateful to Lake Union Publishing and the author for an opportunity to read this wonderful novel prior to publication. I have been in a lengthy reading slump, and though I've started several great books, I have not finished one until THE OVERDUE LIFE OF AMY BYLER, which I could not read fast enough! I will provide a more in-depth review closer to publication in April, but for now I will say that this book is honestly and engagingly written, has wonderful character development, witty dialo ...more
Eileen Goudge
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Christina (Bookwormmommyof3)
Fabulously written and will post a full review closer to the publication date.
Dorothy Schwab
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Overdue Book = Library Fine Overdue Life = Credit Card Debt

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
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Annette
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hilarious, I’ve never been a single parent but I started getting anxious just reading about Amy. I read this book in a few hours and was kicked out of my bed for laughing so hard. My husband was not amused but I certainly was. I look forward to reading this author in the future
Janet
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Our new association with #tallpoppywriters has yielded another great read. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler introduces us to Amy, a single mother with two teenage children. Her husband John, had left her and the children three years earlier to take up with his much younger (and tinier) girlfriend/coworker in Hong Kong. Suddenly, and without warning, John returns, with a desire to reunite with his children.
Mild-mannered Amy accepts the situation and allows her guilt-ridden husband to spend the summe
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Jodie
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was a funny book! The author did a great job with the main character, Amy Byler, as well as the supporting characters - especially Amy's quirky friends Lena (a former nun) and Talia (a single, childless, fashion magazine editor). The story focuses primarily on Amy, a determined mom who has been working nonstop after her husband left her and their two kids 3 years ago. Her estranged husband randomly reappears and decides he wants to be a part of his children's lives by taking the kids for a ...more
Laurie
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I must never again forget to care for myself."
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
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Jen P
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seldom does a book strike so many notes so well! The Overdue Life of Amy Byler captures a range of complex emotions so beautifully, but is equally fun and playful while doing so. It made for an enjoyable journey through the story with pauses for reflection along the way. As a therapist who supports women as they become mothers there were so many refreshing reminders about hanging on to your sense of self while raising children, and the fact that both can be prioritized!
Annette
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is hilarious, I’ve never been a single parent but I started getting anxious just reading about Amy. I read this book in a few hours and was kicked out of my bed for laughing so hard. My husband was not amused but I certainly was. I look forward to reading this author in the future
Noreen
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hilarious. Amy rides a rollercoaster of emotions from living the life of a single mother the last 3 years because her husband couldn't handle life and just took off leaving her with 2 young kids. When he decides to return she has to decide if she can enjoy a week in NYC at a conference while he cares for them. This starts the summer of having fun, trying to rid herself of self guilt and falling love. It's a great book and I couldn't put it down. Make sure you put it on your TBR list ...more
Kris
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Kelly Harms' other books and was wondering what I'd think of her third. A few pages in, I was excited to be back in her warm and charming writing style. Somehow she manages to blend humor with keen observations about self-discovery. I'm laughing, I'm nodding, I'm not putting the book down, I'm avoiding getting things done so I can keep reading. I just enjoy spending time in the worlds she creates with characters that are so fun to be with. Definitely highly recommend!
Natalia Iwanyckyj
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
When a mother who’s been all the parent, all the time for three years gets a week off, everything falls into place.

“Could it be this easy? Could life be this aligned for once?”

Amy leaves her small-town life for a week of responsible-only-for-herself time. #momspringa

“The tablet blinks again, and I click back to the message app. Talia, in her succinct way, doubling down on her cool in four little words: this party is on”

There are makeovers (“I promise you will be thrilled. You look like … like
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K
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had read Kelly Harms’ previous two books and fell in love with her writing style. She blends humor with profound insights seamlessly. I was really excited to get my hands on this book and it does not disappoint! I think it is actually my favorite. Love!
Dorothy Schwab
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Overdue Book = Library Fine
Overdue Life = Credit Card Debt

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
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Andrew Howard
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read both of Kelly Harms' previous books, and loved them. If I had to rank them, I'd put "The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane" first, and "The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay" a close second. I thought this one was as good as if not better than "The Good Luck Girls..." Harms has a terrific sense of pacing, great characters, and she writes awesome & hilarious dialogue. (A few times I found myself comparing the character interactions to the best stuff written by Amy Sherman-Palladino.) This s ...more
Heather
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy Byler used to have an exciting life. But two kids, crushing bills, and a long absent husband have left her exhausted and frumpy. So when her ex reappears and offers to care for their kids for the summer, she reluctantly agrees to a few weeks in New York City, to a makeover from a fashion magazine, to high heels and dates and well-fitting bras.

Kelly Harms' THE OVERDUE LIFE OF AMY BYLER is a fresh and very funny reminder for every woman who struggles to put herself first that creating an enjo
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Dusti Bontempo
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read anything by Kelly Harms before, and truly didn’t know what to expect from this novel.

It’s the story of a school librarian who gets the chance to take a break from a pretty stressful life. She learns to be herself again while also hanging on to the hope that her kids still need her.

I enjoyed the “teaching” (librarian) perspective of this book, as I am a teacher and it resonated with me and the difficulties of getting students to enjoy reading. I also appreciate that sometimes
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Louetta Waters
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for providing a copy for an honest review

This book is engaging, insightful and, at times, laugh out loud funny...sometimes in the same sentence!!!
The writing was wonderful. I've not read anything by Kelly Harms before, but I am now a fan! The plot was engaging, I could not put it down! I adored all the fun characters. Would go higher than 5 🌟 if I could!! Fully recommend!!
Amy Reichert
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Christine Moore
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hysterically funny! Amy through no fault of her own, finds herself a single mom. Her husband walks on his family. He has a new younger girlfriend and moves to Hong Kong. 3 years later, he returns and wants to reconnect with his children who are now teenagers. Amy goes to New York for the summer. Amy's entire life revolves around her children and for the summer it is all about Amy. As Amy rediscovers herself, the reader is taken along for the most hilarious ride. I loved this book an ...more
Dusti Bontempo
rated it really liked it
Feb 26, 2019
Barbara
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don't we all wish to be Amy at some point? To escape our life that's become so overwhelming that we've lost ourselves? She does everything for everyone and nothing for herself. Amy's husband John left three years earlier saying he needed a break and like that he went off to Hong Kong, leaving her to take care of their two kids, forced to take a job as a librarian at her kids private school, to continue to afford their life. One day John waltzes back in, expecting to pick up where he left off. Am ...more
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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 Griffi ...more