Our new association with #tallpoppywriters has yielded another great read. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler introduces us to Amy, a single mother with two teenage children. Her husband John, had left her and the children three years earlier to take up with his much younger (and tinier) girlfriend/coworker in Hong Kong. Suddenly, and without warning, John returns, with a desire to reunite with his children.
Mild-mannered Amy accepts the situation and allows her guilt-ridden husband to spend the summer with the kids. This surprise break provides her with the perfect time to escape her Pennsylvania surroundings and take a journey to the big city of New York for a library conference.
Once in the Big Apple, the book really takes off. She bunks with longtime friend Talia, whose magazine Pure Beautiful, needs a boost. Together the women give birth to #momspringa. The story of an overworked, exhausted mother recharging her batteries over the summer in the city that never sleeps. The concept proves to have the power to raise Talia’s magazine ratings with laugh-out-loud results that set Twitter on fire. Amy discovers one surprise after another in New York City.
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is just plain funny. Featuring spin classes at Flywheel, a few blind dates, and a host of other unexpected escapes that all play into the new chapter of Amy’s life. One of the best parts of the book is night texting with her two best friends. Trust me on this one, it’s great fun.
This is an amazing story about identity, raising kids, moving on, and love. Kudos to Kelly Harms for terrific writing. Just when you think the book has peaked, my gosh, it gets even better.
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 son Griffin and puppy Scout. She is the author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay.