Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

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4 Stars

Dear Book:

Three years ago Amy Byler’s husband of 18 years went on a business trip and never came back, leaving Amy with a 12 and 8 year old to raise on her own. Now he’s back, looking to make amends with the children by taking them for a week over their summer break. What’s Amy to do with her newfound freedom?

Just kidding. She signs up for a librarian conference at Columbia University in NYC. But while she’s there she does rediscover she’s more than just a mom, freshens up her look and even dabbles back in the dating scene. After all . . . .

“This is your momcation.”

“That’s not a word.”

“You’re right. Ok. Your . . . Your momspringa.”

“My what now?”

“Momspringa. Like rumspringa? Where the kids go wild before they settle back down to buggies and monochrome dressing? You’re the Amish one; you know what that is.”

“I’m not Amish. I’m from Amish country. And this isn’t a momspringa. It’s a trip to New York by myself for a few days, not an extensive exploration of the outside world that exists far from my insulated, isolated existence among my family.”

“You say tomato . . .”

And while anyone who is currently living with or has formerly lived with a teenaged human probably feels something along these lines on a weekly basis . . .

This is fiction and Amy’s daughter Corinne (and more particularly her journal communications with her mother regarding the summer reading list Amy has assigned her) was a delight . . .

After careful consideration I have decided NOT to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which is probably “Very Important” but definitely not “Very Interesting.” And instead I am going to read Five Days in Paris by Danielle Steel, which let me tell you is already off to a very exciting start.

The “Mom Com” has become my jam. I find the light and humorous to be the perfect buffer between heavier reads. Not to mention these are also perfect selections when your day looks like this . . . .

Or, if you have my budget, like this . . . .

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Broken rules of not quoting quotes since I suck at being timely and this has already been released (quite some time ago - again Suck = Me). Just note that these might not be accurate since I had a reader copy and not the final product.

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