The Overdue Life of Amy Byler [Book Review]

Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via Kindle Unlimited

I picked up this book from Kindle Unlimited because it was suggested. I liked the cover and title. I glanced at the synopsis, but I didn’t have an extensive knowledge of what the book was about when I started to read.

Amy is a single mother who works as a librarian at a private school. She has a sixteen year old daughter and a twelve year old son. She has been raising them on her own since her husband boarded a flight to Hong Kong and said he couldn’t do it anymore. She’s been doing her best to raise her children alone, and she’s proud of herself. Then she seems John in the local drugstore, and he says he wants to be a part of the children’s lives again. Amy is torn, also wondering if she’s going to reconcile with John.

John wants to spend a week with the two children, getting to know them again and make up for what he’s missed. Amy reluctantly agrees, and she decides she’s going to attend a librarian conference in New York City. Afraid of being away from her family, she’s nervous about the trip. Still, she goes to New York City and meets hot librarian, Daniel. She’s still married to John, but she’s ready to move on. One of her closest friends, Talia also works for a magazine and they want to do a story on Amy called momspriga about her finding time away from herself as a mom and being a person.

The story is also told from a reading journal Amy has her older daughter Cori keep, and I love seeing how the daughter has her own way of reading. It’s just a darn good book, I could not stop reading. As a parent, it’s relatable because children take up a lot of time and it’s hard to distance yourself from the role when it’s a big part of your identity. It’s also very relevant to me because I want to be a librarian, and I liked the way it was included in the book via the conference and a program she wanted to introduce in schools to promote literacy among younger readers.

Honestly, it’s just a really great story because it’s so real. Amy has actual emotions, and she’s not perfect. There’s discussion of how she hasn’t moved on from what John did and she enjoys to make herself the martyr so she needs to learn and grow to move beyond that. I loved reading about her journey to finding herself and becoming a stronger person. I guess I was just really akin to the book as a parent and because of my love for books/desire to be a librarian. Anyone who enjoys women’s fiction or family based stories will love this book. I highly recommend this, and I would definitely read more from this author.

Until I rant about books again,

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