If I’m not needed, if I’m not busy, if I’m not an overstretched, overwhelmed, underslept, underpaid single mother . . . What exactly am I?

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler: Book Rating


Book Review

I have to mention right away that at the time of me writing this, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is less than two dollars on Amazon! It’s definitely worth that, so go snag a copy now!


I fell in love with the characters in this novel, finding myself really feeling for them and wrapped up in the life of Amy Byler and her #momspringa! A quick synopsis on this novel: Amy Byler is a single mom. Her husband, John, left her for a younger woman and a whole other country. She is overworked, exhausted, and never does anything for herself.

One day, John comes back. He offers to take care of the kids for the summer. At first, Amy is hesitant. But, finally, she accepts the offer and goes to New York for a vacation from her regular life. Soon after arriving, she is swept into the city life, and works on finding herself again with the help of a new haircut, some great exercise classes, and blind dates.


To me, this book was really wonderful. The overall message was that moms, single or not, need some help sometimes to not lose their own identity. Amy always felt like she had to do everything on her own, especially after her husband left. The responsibility really weighed down on her, and became her sole identity. I don’t think all moms need to go on a #momspringa–a long vacation away from all responsibilities–but I really do want to believe all moms should still feel their own identity throughout motherhood. That’s definitely what I’m going to try to do. People keep telling me that it takes a village, and I’ll definitely be listening to that instead of trying to do it all on my own. I’ll take all the help I can get!

If you’d like to pick up this book, use my link below. At the price it is currently, you really can’t go wrong. It’s a light read that keeps you entertained from beginning to end!

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