An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller.

“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

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.


    The Overdue Life of Amy Byler Reviews

  • Meredith

    Smart, savvy writing turns a predictable plot into a humorous and heartwarming read about a single mother’s journey to self-awareness. Amy Byler is a single mom who does what it takes to provide fo...

  • Larry H

    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I'll round up."I have suffered plenty. I am a poster child for low-grade chronic suffering. If an ad agency wanted to make suffering into a thirty-second spot, they wou...

  • Christine

    I have been reading some heavy novels recently and thought it was time for something a little less oppressive. This one fit the bill perfectly.Amy Byler is a school librarian and single mom with two k...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Amy Byler is a single mom with her hands full. When she’s feeling particularly overwrought, her estranged husband returns and offers to care for the kids for the summer. Amy accepts, and she’s off...

  • Berit???

    πŸ…‘πŸ…”πŸ…›πŸ…πŸ…£πŸ…πŸ…‘πŸ…›πŸ…”. πŸ…—πŸ…˜πŸ…›πŸ…πŸ…‘πŸ…˜πŸ…žπŸ…€πŸ…’. πŸ…•πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…£πŸ…πŸ…‘πŸ…€πŸ…›πŸ…žπŸ…€πŸ…’. Kelly harms! BRAVO! This was such a relatable story told with so much heart an...

  • Carolyn

    Kelly Harms has written a light, fun read about a middle aged librarian who gets a chance to have a summer to herself while her estranged husband re-bonds with his children.When Amy Byler's husband we...

  • Kristy Harvey

    Quit reading this review and go read this book! It is laugh-out-loud hilarious and I still can't figure out how Harms can so seamlessly transition from writing a snarky but charming teenager to writin...

  • Melki

    Look at me. I am a modern woman! I am Gloria Steinem and Helen Gurley Brown and the slutty one from Sex and the City all wrapped up in one.A straitlaced librarian mother of two gets to experience the ...

  • Trish at Between My Lines

    I’m spilling over with love for this book. There is a very bookish theme, sparkling banter between the characters, including in-depth discussions on books. And there is food porn, there was so much ...

  • Nicole ?

    "And yes , it makes me crazy to think that my kids can go daysβ€” or maybe weeksβ€”without me. If I’m not needed, if I’m not busy, if I’m not an overstretched, overwhelmed, underslept, underpa...