The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms | Lake Union Publishing | Book Review

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

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Book Summary:

“Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.

Usually grounded and mild-mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates. When one man, in particular, makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind.

But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.”

My Rating:

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My Review:

I chose The Overdue Life of Amy Byler from Amazon First Reads last month. If you want to learn more about what First Reads is, you can read my blog post about reading on a budget, HERE.  I was definitely drawn in by the cover and the book summary as I am intrigued by any books that incorporate motherhood and reading. I have had pretty great luck with First Reads choices, in March I read I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan and it was one of my very favorites so far of 2019.

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler was fun, engaging and witty. This time of year I tend to gravitate towards “easy reads” and this fit the bill. I enjoyed the premise of this book and loved the unique twist on a mom realizing that you can be a great parent and also still make time to be “yourself’. Amy’s character was multidimensional and I enjoyed seeing her process of rediscovering herself after many years of feeling like “just a mom”.

“I get this now. I get now that you can love what you have, love your kids and your life and your friends, and still want more. I get that it’s ok to go out and get more-more love, more friendship, more fulfillment-and still be a wonderful mom…I finally understand that traditional math does not apply to mothers: I can be 100 percent a mother and, though it isn’t easy, still be 100 percent myself as well. It means changing how I think. It means understanding that to care for my children well, I must never again forget how to care for myself.” -Kelly Harms, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

Kelly Harm’s writing is relatable and although the story is a bit predictable, this book is a very enjoyable ride. Harms nails womanhood and motherhood and the constant and usually rarely successful struggle to “balance it all.” I definitely recommend adding this to your summer reading list!

 

Amazon First Reads | April Book Selections & My Book Choice

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Amazon First Reads:

Last month I talked about one of my favorite (and affordable!) ways of having access to Kindle ebooks through the Amazon First Reads program. You can read more about that HERE.

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My March selection, I’m Fine and  Neither Are You by Camille Pagan, was one of my very favorite books I read last month.

April 2019 Book Selections:

Below are the April First Reads book choices…

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I love that there is always a wide array of genres to choose from and it is a great way to be exposed to new authors! I choose The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms and I can’t wait to check it out!

Summary:

“Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.

Usually grounded and mild-mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates. When one man, in particular, makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind.

But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.”

What book did you choose?

Are you an Amazon First Reads member? What book did you choose this month?!

 

Reading on a Budget | Kindle Book Deals & Amazon First Reads

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I love reading but it also is a habit that can add up quickly if you are buying all the books you are reading each month. Although I do love to buy books, I really try to be selective about what I actually buy, both for cost reasons and also because I really only want to have books in my personal collection that I truly loved.

I do a lot of research into the books I read and I am also a huge library book reader, both hard copy books and e-books through the Libby App. This allows me to read things without worrying about the guilt of buying it and then not always loving it. And when I do love it, I buy a copy and then have it to read again or share with my other book-loving friends.

I also love to find e-book deals online. One of my favorite things is to search for Kindle Book Deals over my morning coffee.  It gives me the greatest thrill when I find a book that has been on my TBR list and I like to share these on my Instagram stories so I can share the love.

Last year I learned about Amazon First Reads. It is a program that allows you early access to new book releases as a prime member.

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You are able to choose one e-book out of the six choices each month, for free! They are broken down by genre and it is a fun way to learn about new authors and have access to titles you might not have known about otherwise. Once you get the e-book it is yours to keep, so even if you don’t read it that month, it will be on your device when you are reading to read it.

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This month I chose I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan who I have enjoyed reading in the past. Have you used Amazon First Reads? I would love to know your thoughts! <3