Book Reviews

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler – Kelly Harms

Here’s the description of the book from Amazon:

“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 stare at my phone in disbelief. Did I just . . . was that a booty call? Was it a friendly version of a booty call? I have no idea what just happened, but apparently the end result is hanging out with Daniel at an Australia-themed bar with outdoor seating! Score! I jump in a cab, throwing financial caution to the wind. This is way too special for the subway, plus it’s late and I’m going to be lost on the Manhattan side and the financial district is always so dark and I am pretty sure serial killers get excited when they see a lost, tipsy woman from Pennsylvania. Plus, there might be cobblestone streets. It’s hard to flee serial killers on cobblestone streets. This way is much safer. Unless my cabbie is a serial killer?

Wasn’t there a movie like that? Oh, look! We’re here! I try to climb out without paying. The driver gently reminds me to swipe my credit card. I tip him well to make up for the embarrassment on both sides of the Plexiglas. Then I make my way carefully into the Lucky Shag and try not to read into Daniel’s choice of bars too much. I order a Victoria Bitter and then think better of it and switch my order to soda with lime. I cool my heels at the bar, one eye fixed on the door. I wait. After about ten minutes I feel a tap on my shoulder. I jump a mile and then spin around.

“Holy crap! You startled me!” I tell Daniel. “Where did you come from?”

This was a quick and entertaining read about an ex coming back into Amy’s life and her deciding to spend her summer away from her kids and experiencing life in New York.

2/5 – It was a bit bland for me but some other girls would totally be on it.

About the Authorkelly

Kelly Harms (see also her author page) is an author, a mother, and a big dreamer. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her sparkling son, Griffin; her fluffy dog, Scout; and her beloved Irishman, Chris. Before this midwestern life, she lived in New York, New York, and worked with many of her author-heroes as an editor at HarperCollins and then as a literary agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency.