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From the Editor

How do parents juggle the demands of family with the pressures of their own lives? It’s all about balance, people say. But for librarian and single mom Amy Byler, it’s time to shift the focus back on herself.

When Amy’s estranged husband offers to watch their kids for a few months, it’s no surprise Amy is a bit thrown by the idea of having time to herself. Amy ventures to New York City, where she embarks on a “momspringa” and attempts to reinvent herself. She learns to let love back into her life—and really, how to live again. Her journey is punctuated by moments that are very, very funny and also deeply insightful.

That’s one of the reasons I love this story. As much as it made me laugh, it also made me think. Author Kelly Harms laces her writing with irresistible wit and wisdom—about modern relationships and parenthood and waking up to the world and realizing the life you’ve been living falls short. She hits on themes we can all relate to—mothers especially—and makes these moments of introspection fun. It’s not often you find a book that manages to be both escapist and engaging, and yet Kelly has done just that. You might say she’s found the perfect balance.

- Chris Werner

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“Librarians and book lovers will fall for Amy and Harms (The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane) writes a great light read full of tears, laughter, and charming, relatable characters.” Library Journal (starred review)

“In the easygoing, character-driven style of Liane Moriarty and Barbara Davis, this story of an underappreciated single mom with more freedom than she's entirely comfortable with mixes the self-assured highs with the guiltiest lows of modern motherhood. Harms’s warm and witty novel will tickle fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.” Booklist

“A laugh-out-loud funny, pitch-perfect novel that will have readers rooting for this unlikely, relatable, and totally lovable heroine, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is the ultimate escape—and will leave moms everywhere questioning whether it isn’t time for a #momspringa of their own.” —New York Journal of Books

“…Filled with love, self-discovery, and plot twists.” Madison Magazine

“A laugh-out-loud funny, pitch-perfect novel that leaves the readers rooting for this unlikely, relatable, and totally lovable heroine.” The Times of India

“Kelly Harms tackles modern single motherhood with flair, swoons, and the most perfect date ever written. In The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, readers will connect with the titular character’s unexpected journey of freedom and self-discovery, all told with Harms’s signature humor…I’m a fan for life!” —Amy E. Reichert, author of The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go and The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is a charming, relatable, and entertaining look at parenthood, divorce, dating, and everything in between. No one cuts right to the heart of life—in all its hilarity and heartbreak—quite like Kelly Harms. This is easily one of my favorite books of the year!” —Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of Slightly South of Simple

“Amy Byler’s life isn’t easy—what with an absentee husband suddenly showing up and reclaiming some getting-to-know-you time with their two teenage kids. But what follows is pure wonder. Kelly Harms brings the mom-makeover story to a whole new level, with twists and turns and dialogue that is so funny you have to put down the book and simply allow yourself to laugh. It’s well written, it’s original, and I fell in love with Amy and all her well-meaning friends on her journey to find out who she really is. So much fun!” —Maddie Dawson, Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of Matchmaking for Beginners

“Amy Byler’s husband ditched her and their kids three years ago, so when he shows up, full of regret, we can forgive her for being less than welcoming. Still, she could use a break—and a life. What follows is so engaging, I had to clear my calendar. Harms dances on the knife edge between snort-your-coffee humor and bull’s-eye insights, often in the same sentence. As a card-carrying curmudgeon, I resist such tactics, but here I never felt played. Instead, I was swept up in Amy’s Everymom dilemma, her quest for a full life without sinking into the swamp of selfishness. Whip-smart and honest to the core, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is a thoughtful, nimble charmer. Did I mention the hot librarian?” —Sonja Yoerg, #1 Amazon bestselling author of True Places

About the Author

Kelly Harms 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. When she’s not lost in a book that she’s either writing or reading, you can find her on the water, in the water, or near the water. Say hello anytime at www.kellyharms.com.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Let your hair down, Amy
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4.0 out of 5 stars A funny, familiar exploration of being a mother while remaining a person.
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