The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

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 filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from h...

Details The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

TitleThe Overdue Life of Amy Byler
Release DateMay 1st, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary

Reviews The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

  • Meredith
    Smart, savvy writing turns a predictable plot into a humorous and heartwarming read about a single mother’s journey to self-awareness. 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...
  • 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...
  • Larry H
    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I'll round up."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 compute...
  • Liz
    2.5 stars, rounded upWhen will I ever learn? I keep thinking I’ll enjoy a romantic comedy. I WANT to like romantic comedies. But in truth, I tend to find most of them too simplistic for my taste. They usually start ok and then get dorky. This one tried to be more than just a rom-com with some single parent angst and a family crisis towards the end. But it just didn’t work for me. A little too simplistic and saccharine sweet. The book is told...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Amy Byler is a single mom with her hands full. When she’s feeling particularly overwrought, her estranged husband returns and offers to care for the kids for the summer. 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. Am...
  • Berit☀️✨
    🅡🅔🅛🅐🅣🅐🅑🅛🅔. 🅗🅘🅛🅐🅡🅘🅞🅤🅢. 🅕🅐🅝🅣🅐🅑🅤🅛🅞🅤🅢. Kelly harms! BRAVO! This was such a relatable story told with so much heart and humor, I absolutely adored it! Amy is the single mother of 15-year-old Cory and 12-year-old Joe. Three years ago Amy’s husband John went out of country for work and never came back. Amy picked her self up, dusted herself off, went back to work, a...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: Dear Book: Three years ago Amy Byler’s husband of 18 years went on a business trip and never came back, leaving Amy with a 12 and 8 year old to raise on her own. Now he’s back, looking to make amends with the children by taking them for a week over their summer break. What’s Amy to do with her newfound freedom? Just kidding. She signs up for a librarian conference at Columbia Un...
  • Brandice
    This book was such a fun, heartwarming story! In The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, librarian Amy finds herself face-to-face with her separated husband John, who’s requesting permission to visit their children, Cori and Joe, after abandoning the family 3 years earlier. Amy is torn: dealing with her own unresolved feelings about John, and considering what’s truly best for their children. After discussions with the kids, Amy agrees to let John spen...
  • Bridgett
    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...
  • Kristy Harvey
    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!
  • Theresa Alan
    Amy was forced to be a single mother when her husband abandoned her and their two kids three years earlier. She cut back expenses, got a job as a school librarian, and survived without the help of any child support. When her husband abruptly shows up and wants to catch up with the kids over the summer, she agrees because she wants the children to have a good relationship with him even if she doesn’t.Her old friend Talia lives in New York City a...
  • Carolyn
    Kelly Harms has written a light, fun read about a middle aged librarian who gets a chance to have a summer to herself while her estranged husband re-bonds with his children.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...
  • Melki
    Look at me. I am a modern woman! I am Gloria Steinem and Helen Gurley Brown and the slutty one from Sex and the City all wrapped up in one.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 ...
  • Tina
    4.5 STARSWhat a wonderful story to escape in! Amy is a single mother of 2 teenaged children. Her husband up and left the family 3 years ago. He now returns to make amends and wants to spend the summer with the kids and Amy goes off on an adventure...(first unwanted) NYC.I loved Amy! This story is very heartwarming and easy to follow. The writing is wonderful. You are rooting for Amy all throughout the story. She is quite endearing!! For fell...
  • Gail C.
    In THE OVERDUE LIFE OF AMY BYLER by Kelly Harris, Amy has devoted all her life so far to the raising and care of her children. When they were nine and thirteen, her husband left, moving to Korea to get himself more emotionally stable and do what was right for him. Now, after three years he wants to come back and spend a week with the children he abandoned. He prefaces his proposal by apologizing for the hurt he’s caused and saying he wants to r...
  • Corina
    I really enjoyed this audiobook.It made me laugh and smile. Even though Amy was a bit over the top at times, emotionally all over the place, the plot, idea and execution was well done, and the story on its own was entertaining and the humor was right up my alley.There were quite a few things I really enjoyed about this book.Many of the chapters started with a journal entry from Amy’s teenage daughter. The author did a fabulous job portraying a ...
  • Sherry Mabry
    I have been slogging through a really difficult, and not particularly rewarding, book. So I thought this would be a light, amusing read - a nice break from the other book. Whew - I went from the arcane to the inane. She lost me at "Flexthology" - the main character's terribly named program to get kids to read, which we are supposed to believe just wowed a room full of educators and librarians (including, of course, the one-in-a-million hot librar...
  • Nicole ❤
    "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📖🖋Kelly Harms Much thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Kelly Harms for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.BUY THE BO...
  • 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 joy...
  • Lisa
    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!SUMMARYAmy 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...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    (free review copy) As a school librarian and a 38-year-old mom of 3, I feel like I'm the EXACT target audience for this book! I related to so much of the story and I loved all the nerdy bookish references. So much fabulous humor in the journal entries and emails from Amy's teen daughters, as well as in her interactions with her 2 friends via text and in person. All around a perfect fun read for any mom you know! Great Mother's Day present.
  • Victoria
    Entertaining and escapist summer read with a good message for mothers or any woman who feels she needs to be the ‘all’ for others at the expense of her own life.
  • abby
    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 knoc...
  • Lindsey Gandhi
    This is the book to read for any and all moms!!!!! Momspringa will become the newest trend I guarantee it. As a mom of a 7-year old I could totally relate to Amy. We don't get enough sleep, take enough showers, take care of ourselves or even have "me" time. What mom doesn't joke that we look forward to having to use the bathroom so we can get five minutes of peace and quiet. This book is brilliant!! Kelly Harms really knocked it out of the park b...
  • 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. In...
  • Whitney
    Overall: a fun and light beach read with interesting characters and plot. This is a nice and easy and enjoyable read! 3.5/5Summary: Amy is a single mom of two middle school to teenage kids. Her husband up and left three years ago and by chance she comes across him in the local drug store. He wants a chance back with his kids and offers her the opportunity to get away for a summer while he builds that relationship. Amy accepts and goes to New York...
  • Erin
    2 1/2 stars. This was my second book from Amazon Prime first reads, and it's probably a good indication that I should stick to well vetted and recommended reads. While the author touches on realistic issues (marriage problems, abandonment, struggles with the demands of motherhood), many of the proposed solutions to said issues (casual sex, drinking, getting makeovers, being "free") seem shallow and unlikely to actually fill the real needs of conn...
  • Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
    So, this was not so much a romance as a new age, new adult contemporary fiction novel, so romance lovers be forewarned. No sexy times at all, tho sex is mentioned.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...
  • Monica (crazy_4_books)
    #MOMSPRINGA FOREVER!So happy this year I'm finding so many good titles of contemporary women's fiction, written by women and for women. #womenpower. I'm very sleepy so forgive me if I wander off a lot in this review! #needmoresleep. This book is so relatable, does not matter whether you're a single/divorced/widow mom with children, or you're not a mom at all, like me. The situation that Amy goes through, her feelings, is so very understandable. D...
  • Misty
    This light-hearted novel is the story of Amy Byler, a high school librarian, abandoned by her husband, John, and left alone to raise her two young children. When John suddenly reappears three years later and wants to reestablish a relationship with his kids, Amy reluctantly agrees to allow him to spend a week alone with daughter Cori and son Joe, while she attends a librarian conference in NYC. What begins as a short trip blossoms into a full-blo...