The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
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 fi...more
Amy Byler is a single mom who does what it takes to provide for her children--in doing so, she has lost herself as she only sees herself as a mother to Cori and Joe. Three years ago, her husband walked out on her and their two teenage children. When he suddenly returns, he attempts to make amends by having their kids stay with him for a week over the summer. WIt ...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
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
Amy accepts, and she’s off to NYC. Amy has led a quiet life, but her alter ego comes out. She even goes on a couple blind dates.
One of the blind dates ends up capturing her heart, and when the summer is about to end, Amy has to decide between her new life and her old one.
Amy doesn’t get to make that choice, though, because bot ...more
When Amy Byler's husband went on a business trip to Hong Kong three years ago and never returned, she suddenly found herself a single, unemployed mother of two children with a large mortgage and no child support. Life gradually got better once she got herself a job as a school librarian and re-mortgaged the house, but she and ...more
A straitlaced librarian mother of two gets to experience the glamorous life when her AWOL husband returns to entertain the kids for a few weeks. Her momspringa turns into a voyage of self discovery, makes her a minor celebrity, and instills a sassy new attitude in our plucky heroine.
There's no doubt that the film rights have already been sold, and with a few ...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
When Amy first hears the i ...more
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 fathe ...more
The one knock I have about this book is the way the teenage ch ...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 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
"And yes , it makes me crazy to think that my kids can go days— or maybe weeks—without me. If I’m not needed, if I’m not busy, if I’m not an overstretched, overwhelmed, underslept, underpaid single mother… What exactly am I?"
📖The Overdue Life of Amy Byler📖
Much thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Kelly Harms for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.
📚 Series: No
📚 Genre: General Fiction / Romance
📚 POV: First person.
📚 Cliffhan ...more
I wasn't expecting any sexy times (look at that non-sexy cover!), but I was expecting more humor. There's some. Mostly intelligent wit by Cori, the heroine (Amy)'s daughter.
I thought Daniel, the hot librarian, was the best - mature, understanding, smart, AND hot.
Amy was... OK. I would have liked her to have more personality.
The whol ...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
Amy is WAY overdue for a break. Her husband just up and left her and her 2 kids and it' ...more
this book ...more
As for this story overall it didn't hit the spot for me. I saw another reviewer label this as "mom fiction," and I think that label hits this on the spot. This a book about a frazzled mom "finding herself." And I am sure there are a gazillion women out there who will read thi ...more
Then there were so many areas I needed to highlight. Kelly Harms nails womanhood, a ...more
So now Amy is in the big city spreading out her wings in a big way, trying out new hairstyles and cute new clothes while trying blind dating. Amy is the funny, normal woman in each of us w ...more