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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

Updated: Jun 1, 2019

Author Kelly Harms has started a thing with Amy Byler and her “momspringa” and every mom is going to want one! Read about it here!



Amy Byler lives in a small town in Pennsylvania and is utterly shocked when she sees her missing husband, John, in her neighborhood drugstore. Three years ago, John went to Hong Kong and never came home. But, he is back now, and wants to spend a week with the children he abandoned: Cori, 15, and Joe, 11. He wants to fix things, make things right and be the father he should have always been.

After a tumultuous family meeting, the kids agree to hang with their dad for a week. Amy decides to take advantage of the week by attending a library educators’ conference and visiting a friend in NYC. She meets a "hot librarian" Daniel Seong-Eason, while at the conference and sparks fly.

When John's week with Cori and Joe turns into a month, Amy stays in NYC, where she gets a new wardrobe and hairstyle and is featured in a fashion magazine managed by her college friend Talia, who also offers Amy her apartment, rent-free, for the summer. The magazine arranges a series of tantalizing dates for Amy’s “momspringa” NYC adventure, which is trending on social media. Amy is soon torn between her glamorous life in New York and the needs of her children at home.


This book is absolutely adorable. It’s light and laugh out loud funny and will capture your attention as well as your imagination. I couldn’t put it down. It’s easy and fun to read, and particularly would appeal to those hard-working mom’s that never seem to get a break. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is clever and gives us moms something to think about.

I was drawn to Kelly Harms’ librarian humor and book references, especially the shout out to Ann Patchett, my favorite author; and salt and vinegar potato chips, my favorite snack. How did she know! Amy’s friends, Talia and Lena were the best, and I loved, loved, loved their text exchanges. Totally agree with Amy that every mom should have a momspringa! Oh, and by the way...I’m attending a library conference in Florida in two weeks! Lol!

Author Kelly Harms is an author, a mother and a big dreamer. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her sparkling son, Griffin; her fluffy dog, Scout; and her beloved Irishman, Chris. Before this midwestern life, she lived in New York City and worked with many of her author-heroes as an editor at HarperCollins, and then as a literary agent. at the

Publisher Lake Union

Published May 1, 2019

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