The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What I Loved: Amy Byler is a bookworm and I loved that! Reading about a character that enjoys books the way I do, I absolutely connected with her. I loved that she is a down-to-earth mom that puts all her love and life into her children (and books) and there just isn’t time for anything else. Her character was relatable and understandable and that made me love her.

How I Felt:

The family dynamic mixed with Amy’s adventure in New York made for a fun story. I connected with Amy and her daughter, but really enjoyed Amy’s two friends as well. They were a fun balance of down to earth and completely over the top!

Amy’s daughter was fabulous. Amy has her daughter write in a journal to capture her thoughts while Amy is away and the way that she writes in her journal had me cracking up. She is a bit snarky, but also lovable and sweet at times. I really enjoyed these sections of the book.

The romance in this book was a good one. I felt the connection between Amy and *name to be left unsaid (no spoilers!)*. It felt real and natural in all the right ways.

I enjoyed this book overall and was content reading it. I’m giving it a 3 star, not because it was a bad read, but because I just felt like the story was good, not stick with you forever great. It was well-written with characters that were well-developed.

To Read or Not To Read: If you enjoy reading romances and stories of family, motherhood, and new life experiences, you would enjoy The Overdue Life of Amy Byler!

Amy Byler has been a single mom since her husband went on a work trip to China and decided not to come back. Her two children are her entire life (and books). Like many mothers, she puts any type of love life, friendships, and nights out on hold to raise her children.

Then, her husband shows back up in her life and wants to spend a week with his kids. He’s so sorry, and wants to get to know them. Amy, completely against the idea, is overruled by her children’s requests to spend the time with their dad.

Amy is now looking at 7 whole days with no responsibilities (school’s out for summer) and no kids. She takes a trip to New York City for a book convention and to spend some time with an old girl friend.

7 days turns into an entire summer as her husband spends the time with their children. She experiences all the free time and work outs and make overs that she has been without all these years. Her dating life is back up and running and she is finding that she is having a wonderful time until she realizes she is missing out on everything at home. Can she find a way to have the best of both worlds?

  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2019

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