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Review: The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


What I Liked:

Main Character/Side Characters. I really connected with and enjoyed the main character, Amy Byler. The side characters were well-written and rounded as well but Amy was my favorite. The romance was just okay for me I was more in love with Amy and did not care that much about the love interest.

Writing Style. The best thing about the novel hands down was Kelly Harms’s writing style. I was so easy to read and get sucked into the story. It was also so witty and interesting that I’m already planning on reading the rest of her novels!

Humor. I got serious Sophie Kinsella vibes from this! I loved the humor and literary references that Harms mixed in.

What I Disliked:

Pacing. I did struggle a bit with the middle section. It dragged but it picked up at the end.


4 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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