The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms | Book Review

Three years ago, Amy Byler’s husband left for a business trip to Hong Kong and decided not to return. Left to raise their nine and twelve-year-old children on the meagre salary that her librarian job provided, Amy stepped up to the challenge of providing everything they needed, including dating advice and book recommendations for her teenage daughter. Now her husband has come back offering to take the kids for the summer, leaving Amy with time and money to reconnect with her college roommate and finally live out some of her dreams in New York City. It’s not exactly how she planned it but Amy might be ready for a little revenge so she opens herself up to the best of what New York City has to offer – hotel living, culture, sophistication and even a few dates. But is it really the dream she wants? Or does she want to return to her rural Pennsylvanian lifestyle, complete with her curious son and her bookish but stylish daughter?

There’s a lot to love about this book which combines the personalities of children who’ve had to grow up too fast when their father abandoned them and are now being wooed back into a do-over when he returns wanting to make amends, to the woman who’s not sure if she’s over her not-quite ex-husband and decides to try to figure it all out during her #momspringa in New York City, combined with journal entries that are written like letters from teen daughter to mother/literary coach about books, but also as an introduction to each chapter of Mom’s adventures. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler checked a lot of my boxes and if you like:

  • books set in New York
  • books about books
  • books about second chances
  • books that feature tender mother and daughter relationships
  • books that incorporate lots of little-known facts in a quirky, fun way that makes you feel more prepared for a round of trivia

then I can almost guarantee that you’ll love this one too. And the gorgeous dust jacket and naked hardback both provide a little extra icing on the top to help you decide to pick this one ASAP.

Book Details

  • Title: The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
  • Author: Kelly Harms
  • Pages: 332
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2019

I am grateful to Lake Union Pubishing and TLC Book Tours for providing me a free review copy of this book in order to complete this review. All opinions are my own. 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. The Cue Card says:

    You have me curious now — about what Amy decides to do in the end, return to her kids in Penn or stay in NYC. I’ll have to pick it up. Nice review.


    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear if you check out the rest of Amy Byler’s story.


  2. Sara Strand says:

    You’re right, I completely love this cover and the dust jacket! I’m not ashamed to say I judge. HA! Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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