Librarians and book lovers will fall for Amy and Harms (The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane) writes a great light read full of tears, laughter, and charming, relatable characters.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“In the easygoing, character-driven style of Liane Moriarty and Barbara Davis, this story of an underappreciated single mom with more freedom than she's entirely comfortable with mixes the self-assured highs with the guiltiest lows of modern motherhood. Harms’s warm and witty novel will tickle fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.” —Booklist
“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
“…Filled with love, self-discovery, and plot twists.” —Madison Magazine
“A laugh-out-loud funny, pitch-perfect novel that leaves the readers rooting for this unlikely, relatable, and totally lovable heroine.” —The Times of India
“Kelly Harms tackles modern single motherhood with flair, swoons, and the most perfect date ever written. In The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, readers will connect with the titular character’s unexpected journey of freedom and self-discovery, all told with Harms’s signature humor…I’m a fan for life!” —Amy E. Reichert, author of The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go and The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
“The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is a charming, relatable, and entertaining look at parenthood, divorce, dating, and everything in between. No one cuts right to the heart of life—in all its hilarity and heartbreak—quite like Kelly Harms. This is easily one of my favorite books of the year!” —Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of Slightly South of Simple
“Amy Byler’s life isn’t easy—what with an absentee husband suddenly showing up and reclaiming some getting-to-know-you time with their two teenage kids. But what follows is pure wonder. Kelly Harms brings the mom-makeover story to a whole new level, with twists and turns and dialogue that is so funny you have to put down the book and simply allow yourself to laugh. It’s well written, it’s original, and I fell in love with Amy and all her well-meaning friends on her journey to find out who she really is. So much fun!” —Maddie Dawson, Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of Matchmaking for Beginners
“Amy Byler’s husband ditched her and their kids three years ago, so when he shows up, full of regret, 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, her quest for a full life without sinking into the swamp of selfishness. Whip-smart and honest to the core, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is a thoughtful, nimble charmer. Did I mention the hot librarian?” —Sonja Yoerg, #1 Amazon bestselling author of True Places
School librarian Amy Byler grabs the opportunity to get away to New York for a week of rest and reading while her children get reacquainted with their long-lost dad in rural Pennsylvania. But the week stretches into more than two months and a makeover that changes her life. Through a series of journal entries, Cori, Amy's daughter, shares the adventures that she, her brother Joe, and Amy's sort-of ex-husband John have as they get to know one another. Meanwhile, Amy is learning how to be herself, someone she lost when John left her three years ago. Her friends encourage her to date and laugh at herself as she makes mistakes and finds her way. Readers will be rooting for Amy as she navigates the dating world and makes friends who will stick with her, even in times of tragedy. VERDICT Librarians and book lovers will fall for Amyand. Harms (The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane) writes a great light read full of tears, laughter, and charming, relatable characters.—Jane Blue, Davie Cty. P.L., NC
Freed from her responsibilities for parenting her two children, a school librarian from Pennsylvania spends a self-indulgent summer in New York City in this novel by Harms (The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane, 2013, etc.).
Amy Byler is understandably surprised when she sees her husband, John, an attorney for a food products company, in her neighborhood drugstore. Three years earlier, John went to Hong Kong and never came home. Now, he wants to spend a week with the children he abandoned: Cori, 15, and Joe, 11. Amy heads off to New York, where she delivers a presentation at a library educators' conference and has first-date sex with "hot librarian" Daniel Seong-Eason. When John's week with Cori and Joe turns into a month, Amy stays on in New York, where she gets a new wardrobe and hairstyle and is featured in Pure Beautiful, a fashion magazine managed by her college friend Talia, who offers Amy her apartment, rent-free, for the summer. The whole expensive adventure is financed by John's seemingly unlimited credit card, the magazine's makeover budget, and Amy's generous online dates, arranged by Talia's assistant, Matt. Amy misses her children, worries that they don't need her, and is torn between her glamorous life in New York and her responsibilities at home. The story is unevenly paced and has some clichéd characters and a contrived setup. In the end, convenient compromises make everyone happy, and Amy achieves easy success in her family, love life, and career.
Worn-out moms might enjoy this escapist story of a runaway mother's fantasy "momspringa."