The Overdue Life of Amy Byler | By Kelly Harms

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 her friends—a few blind dates. When one man in particular makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind. But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.
I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

My thoughts

 

 

 

Narrative and Plot

 

 

 

Amy Byler is a single mother to her teenage kids for the last three years. The story is told from her perspective along with a journal entry from her daughter Cory. Overall, the book is witty and upbeat yet filled with deep seated issues.

The plot started off strong but somewhere in the middle it, the plot felt lost. There was a bit of lagging and misdirection at times. But it pulls itself together towards the end. The book questions streotypes especially, about mothers and what they should or should not do or even wish for.

 

 

Characters and Conflicts

 

 

There were a lot of interesting and fun characters. With Amy herself so full of life, despite being a tired single mom, the story was engaging and easy going. The spark of romance makes you wish for more but as any chic lit goes, they keep missing the point and yet it is romantic in that starry eyed way.

Unfortunately, some of the characters were not utilised properly and remained on the sidelines till the very end. It would have been interesting to know more about them than knowing every single detail of Amy’s New York outing. Not that, it wasn’t unnecessary. As the story progressed Amy started to open up and finally decided to live her life.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

 

The idea that a bit of make over would cheer you up or increase your confidence isn’t exactly universally agreeable. However, the book acknowledges this and points out that #momspringa could mean any kind of break to anyone. But it is only a tiny portion. The majority of the time is spent on “improving” Amy or rather just her looks. If you could overlook the glamour part just a bit, the book has a powerful message. This is definitely a one time read for me.

 

 

 

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  1. July 25, 2020

    […] This book is a second chance in life themed book. The story follows Amy Byler who is a single mother in all her glory. She finally decides to take a break which becomes this movement called momspringa. Though this one is not top of my list, I am sure there will be mothers who could relate to this book a lot more. You can read my review here. […]

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