The Overdue Life of Amy Byler-Goodreads Review

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

Author: Kelly Harms
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Fiction: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Tone: First person, fun, and engagingly outrageous as we watch clueless librarian Amy transform into a social media sensation.
Take Away: An imaginative tale about a woman rediscovering her identity.
How I discovered this title: It was an Amazon First Reads title. As a Prime member, I can choose one free Kindle book each month.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


After Amy Byler’s husband deserted her and their two kids, she soldiered on as single parent and provider. But when he suddenly returns for the summer, she faces unexpected freedom to explore her own neglected desires and dreams. Through her former college roommate, she takes the opportunity to spend her summer as single woman in New York City.

The story incorporates librarian Amy’s love of reading-watch for all the literary references. Her awkward sensual reawakening through dating apps. (Can you relate?) Her Cinderella-style plunge into the world of social media where other women vicariously follow her #momspringa break.

Yet, Amy also misses her children. Even though the story is a first person narrative, Harms cleverly inserts a reading journal kept by Amy’s daughter that allows readers to see what is going on back home.

I enjoyed the story and recommend it to romance/women’s fiction readers looking for a lighthearted and touching story. Like this review? Feel free to share or view all my Goodreads reviews.

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