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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Extra Book - The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

 Book: The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

Author: Kelly Harms

Pages: 328

This is my first book finished for 2021!

And I didn't start with a read the world book - I should have.  I need to get that finished.  However - when driving a million miles back and forth between our rental and our house, audio books it is.

This is the story of Amy Byler.  Her husband left her and their two children 3 years ago - said he couldn't take it anymore.  Moved to Singapore - only sending the kids checks and money here and there.  Amy had to get a job, manage a house that was too big and too expensive, and tried to hold it all together.  Then one day - her ex-husband shows up back in town wanting to get re-acquainted with the kids.  Amy decided to let him back into their lives and when her ex asks her if he can spend the summer with them, Amy lets go and heads to New York City with a friend to have some much overdue alone time.

What it becomes is a life changing trip for her.  She starts to reinvent herself - become someone besides "someone's mother" and starts to live.

This was a pretty good book.  Kept me entertained.  It was humorous enough.  Her "momspringa" was overdetailed.  I didn't need to know about every food she ate and every man she dated in great detail.  There were relatable parts - a woman who had settled into a comfortable clothing lifestyle - becoming someone who put her children's needs before her own.  But it did stretch a bit into a fairytale beyond was a normal "mom on holiday" might experience.

Fine read for passing the time, though.  Light and didn't take a lot of concentration to keep up with the story line, so great for long drives.

Stars: 3 1/2

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