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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler: A Novel

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler: A Novel

Escrito por Kelly Harms

Narrado por Amy McFadden


The Overdue Life of Amy Byler: A Novel

Escrito por Kelly Harms

Narrado por Amy McFadden

valoraciones:
4/5 (472 valoraciones)
Longitud:
10 horas
Publicado:
May 1, 2019
ISBN:
9781721358229
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller.

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.

Publicado:
May 1, 2019
ISBN:
9781721358229
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

KELLY HARMS is a former editor and literary agent who has worked with a wide array of bestselling and award-winning authors of commercial fiction. She traded New York City for the writing life in Madison, Wisconsin, where she lives with her adorable and sometimes imperious toddler Griffin. The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane is her first novel.

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  • (4/5)
    A pretty good casual read, the hashtags and texts got a bit tiresome but enjoyable on the whole.
  • (4/5)
    Easy, light, and fun for any mom who wants to escape.
  • (5/5)
    I loved the story and main character! Cute and inspiring!
  • (4/5)
    We all need and deserve a break from time to time. I’d do anything to live in a nice hotel or a friend’s empty house for a few days... let alone NYC! With just enough family matters to throw in, this was a fun read!
  • (5/5)
    Love, loved, LOVED it!!! Searching the author’s name for more titles in 3...2...1...
  • (4/5)
    This was a fun read. A single mother of 2 young teens is suddenly set free in NYC. For the past 3 years she struggled to keep it all together after her husband deserted the family. This is the story of her reconnection with herself. I really enjoyed the authors quirky humour and poignant musings on life. And the 15 year old daughters journal entries/emails added a different perspective. It initially took me a bit to get used to the readers voice. Overall this was a lovely light read.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful. So relatable. Characters are well defined. Felt the protagonists angst and growth.
  • (5/5)
    Cute and uncomplicated. A pleasure to read for an escape
  • (4/5)
    We all sometimes need spirit lifting books and words. At the same time get simple nice advise on life in general.
  • (4/5)
    Light and enjoyable. A good audiobook to listen to while doing chores.
  • (3/5)
    Her husband walked out and left her to raise the kids with no help, no financial support, but a busy job as a librarian. And she manages, but is really, really burned out. So when hubs reenters her life with an offer to take the kids for awhile, a trip to NYC is in order. And of course, she is torn between taking care of her family and taking care of herself. And Momspringa is born. And then goes viral.This is a lightweight story, even though it will ring true with many mothers, especially those raising kids on their own. And while I can empathize with the situation and the need to do something fun for yourself, the story itself was just kind of boring to me. Just too much chick lit for me and my cynical soul.
  • (2/5)
    It started with a decent enough premise but....it started to take on the Eat, Pray,Love cliche. By 1/3 way in, its a full-blown Hallmark chick flick. I couldn't even finish it. Had to stop because every other page I was saying "give me a break" while rolling my eyes.
  • (4/5)
    When her husband returns after a 3 year "leave", Amy takes the chance to go to a work conference and let him stay with the kids. Her week long trip, becomes a summer in NYC. At that time she discovers who she is and what she wants, all the while, communicating with her teenage daughter. Happy, light read. Would be good for a beach read or a travel read.
  • (3/5)
    I do not normally read chick lit, but wanted something light. I liked the main character. Would have given more stars if there was more depth re the marriage situation. I appreciated the humor. Though feel like more of a mix, exploring Amy's feeling re her husband along with the makeover and hot librarian, would have added to the story. The storyline re the daughter at the end felt lazy, a trope used too often. Did enjoy the daughter's emails at the beginning of the chapters. I would recommend this book to others if they like this genre, I'm just not the target audience .
  • (4/5)
    Nice, funny and light romcom with an emphasis on parenting and motherhood.
  • (5/5)
    Awesome book god what I would give for a momspringa.
  • (3/5)
    Lighthearted, relatable and humorous. A good read a summer afternoon.
  • (5/5)
    Great story!!! Very relatable for moms who do it all!
  • (4/5)
    First half was exciting, but the second lacked twists. Overall a decent light-hearted novel.
  • (5/5)
    Very fun read. Taking time for yourself is always a good thing.
  • (3/5)
    Light, cute, humurous and heartwarming story about a single mom who works in a library, her love life and precious kids.
  • (5/5)
    Light and fluffy. A super easy read . A nice stay at home sitting in your back yard book
  • (5/5)
    Loved the idea. Love the focus on self care. A good, easy read for all just looking for something more.
  • (4/5)
    A special thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Amy Byler is an overworked and underappreciated single mom that could use a break. Three years ago, her husband went on a business trip to Hong Kong and never returned. So naturally Amy is skeptical when he shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer. With no one to answer to, Amy decides to head to New York City—her former college stomping ground—for a librarian conference.On her kid-free escape, Amy thinks she's in for catching up on sleep, lots of reading, and some professional development. Instead, she lets her hair down and has a fling with a handsome librarian. She also reconnects and stays with Talia, an old friend from college. Talia is a successful magazine editor who talks Amy into a makeover which she dubs as a "momspringa" (a take on Rumspringa) and documents the experience as a feature in the magazine.With one man capturing her heart, and the summer coming to a close, Amy has to decide how this is all going to play out. What is going to happen to this new Amy and the life that she has carved out for herself? Before she can decide, past and present collide and Amy may lose a lot more than either of her identities.This book was incredibly charming! I loved the dynamic between Amy and her teenage daughter, Cori (who the reader gets to know through her journal entries). Harms's writing is relatable, endearing, and witty. She is particularly effective in capturing the struggles and challenges of a mother—from mother's guilt to constantly worrying about your children. Women regularly sacrifice themselves for their children and oftentimes it is at the expense of their own happiness. This can be detrimental to the relationships that they have with their partners and their friends.Are you in need of a momspringa? I know a lot of women that are...so if that's you, grab your girlfriends, and grab a cocktail, this book is for you!
  • (4/5)
    Enjoyable book. Interesting supporting characters. Interesting issues. Nice summer read
  • (4/5)
    Once upon a time, there was a girl, who grew into a woman, who married a guy, who had two amazing kids, who woke up one day and was very much....ALONE. I'm not talking in the midlife-crisis-sense sorta way either. I mean in the OMG-where-the-hey-did-my-so-called-beloved-disappear-to-all-of-a-sudden-after-FIFTEEN-years-of-marriage type of alone. Yeah...try figuring THAT one out of the stinking blue.

    Admittedly, I adored the cover at first sight, then the title, then once I got around to reading the synopsis, I was sold all over again. Once I began reading, I was in a bit of a conundrum though. I held so much respect for Amy's decision to attempt to let the kids get to know John after three years off the maps, but honestly I wasn't certain I could've made the same choice. Not that Amy and I were suppose to mirror each other thought for though...but it did give me pause to think about the real life repercussions of saying YES or NO to such an "offer".

    Amy is really and truly a stellar woman, role model, and mom. She's not perfect though she tries to be, and when things get messy, yes...she does have that moment of what-the-heck-am-I-suppose-to-do-with-this, but she doesn't give up. Her friends are equally amazing and MAJORLY dependable in a crisis...something we should all strive to have in our lives.

    In the end, I TOTALLY suggest taking a #lifespringa and reading this book. I enjoyed getting to know our leading librarian as she got to know herself, and discovered that it was okay to have a life again after "tragedy" has struck. It's a hard lesson to learn, but one that's necessary to find our way back to happiness.


    **copy received for review; opinions are my own
  • (5/5)
    Amy Byler is a school librarian at a private school in Pennsylvania, with two children (Corinne, 15, and Joe, 12), and a husband who went off on a business trip to Hong Kong three years ago, and decided not to come back. It's been a struggle, and it meant going back to work after not using her MLS degree for twelve years, but she has held everything together and provided a decent life for her kids--including the pricey private school her husband had previously paid for, by getting the librarian job there.But it's been a struggle, and there's very little in her life except her kids and her work.Then her husband comes back, and wants to spend a week with the kids. After some hesitation, and indeed resentment, Amy decides it's a chance to attend a librarians' conference in New York City, do a presentation on her program for making reading more attractive and less stigmatizing to kids with low reading skills, and spend time with her old friend, Talia. Talia runs a fashion magazine, and comes up with a plan: a makeover for Amy, and a rejuvenating week of fun, for which she creates the hashtag, "#momspringa."I loved this book. Not only is Amy a great character; her friends and family, as well as the people she meets in New York are also interesting and compelling characters. These include Daniel Seong, a fellow librarian, based in NYC, interested in the reading program she presents at the conference, and Catherine, whose last name I did not catch in this audiobook, another librarian also interested in it, who is a librarian in the Chicago public school system. What I love about these two, and Amy herself, aside from their personalities and relationships to each other, is that they are real librarians. Even though this is not a book about librarianship or set in a library. Even though it's "just" a part of the character development. These are people I recognize as fellow professionals, real people who care about books and reading and knowledge, and meeting the needs of the people they serve. They're rounded characters; Amy is a dedicated librarian, a devoted mother, a good friend. Daniel is a divorced father of a teenage daughter, who unlike Amy's husband, John, didn't run away. Catherine is a married mother of two toddlers. They have interests they share and interests they don't share. We get to know Amy's and Daniel's kids, though of course not so much Catherinc's toddlers, home in Chicago with her husband.And when John decides he wants to extend his week with the kids to the entire summer with the kids, Amy has a chance to extend her #momspringa and get better acquainted with Daniel, as well as herself. And just like the Amish rumspringa on which Talia based the word, at the end of it, Amy is going to have a big decision to make.Highly recommended.I borrowed this book via Scribd.
  • (4/5)
    Three years ago, Amy's husband left her and their two kids. He left her with a big house, a large mortgage and no money coming in. She got a job and re-negotiated the mortgage but most important she created a strong family structure for her and her two children - teenager Cori and nerdy son Joe.Oh sure, she got some sarcastic remarks from her daughter but she was a teenager so Amy handled it as needed. Then out of the blue, with no warning, her ex-husband shows up. He is full of guilt and realizes that he handled things wrong and he wants to spend time with his kids and develop a relationship with them. After lots of NOs, Amy breaks down and decides that she needs a vacation from being a full time mom. She goes to NYC and starts to create her life as a single woman with no children. She gets herself into some hilarious situations when she starts to date again and even when she is depressed, she is still funny. A huge tragedy sends her back home again and she has to decide which life she wants to choose -- or is there a way that she can have the best of both lives?Amy spends her days like a lot of mothers - especially single mothers - taking care of everyone else and not worrying about themselves. When she has the opportunity to spend the summer by herself, she immediately says no because being a mom how she identifies herself. Once she saw what life was like in NYC, she decided that it was time to take care of herself. I sure can't blame her - we've all had those days that getting away from our current lives and disappearing into a new life would be a fantastic change.Even though there are some serious issues in this book - it's a charming book with laugh out loud moments. You'll find yourself rooting for Amy throughout the book.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. all opinions are my own.
  • (4/5)
    I love when a book take me by surprise in a good way. That is exactly what I got when I picked up this book. So what do you get when you thoroughly enjoy a story that involves engaging characters mixed with a dash or two of humor...The Overdue Life of Amy Byler!Amy was so adorable. I know, it is fine to by adorable when you are five but not so much when you are an adult. Yet, Amy is adorable. The love interest Daniel was kind. I did like him and thought he was a good fit for Amy. Where her estranged husband is concerned, John, I wanted to hate him but he actually turned out to be pretty "ok". Amy's daughter, Cori was funny with her letters that she wrote to her mom. Every time that she wrote her mom, she would sign the letter a different way. Than there are Amy's friends, Talia and Lena. They are the types of girlfriends that you want. Not to be forgotten is Matt, who helped Amy with her make over and started the trend #momspringa.
  • (5/5)
    Kelly Harms, Author of “The Overdue Life of Amy Byler” has written an entertaining, witty, delightful and engaging read. The Genres for this Novel is Fiction and Women’s Fiction. This story reminds me of the old Calgon commercial on television, where the wife/mother is having a difficult day, and says “Calgon Take Me Away”. I do know as a mother, wife, teacher, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law, pet/s parent, there were times that I wish someone would gift me some time off to recharge!! I can easily relate to the main character!. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, and “NORMAL”**** people that we can relate to. (Whatever normal is)***Amy Byler is a hardworking librarian-teacher and single mother raising her two children. In her job, Amy is trying to create a system of leveled reading materials that meet the individual reader’s needs. Most of all, this would encourage children that need remediation or enrichment to want to read. Amy and her children live in Rural Pennsylvania.Amy’s husband who had disappeared for several years resurfaces and wants to be part of his children’s lives. He offers Amy the chance to have some time off, so he can get to know his children. Amy goes is able to go to New York City for a reading conference, and re-visit her girlfriend. Amy gets to also enjoy the cultural benefits, and people in New York. Is Amy going to want to go back to Pennsylvania?Amy is living life, but has some major decisions to make for herself and family. I appreciate that Kelly Harms discusses the importance of family, and friendship, taking care of oneself, having emotional support, and having the courage for change. I would recommend this thought-provoking novel.