THE OVERDUE LIFE of AMY BYLER by Kelly Harms & Giveaway



Some exciting fiction is being published featuring characters we can not only cheer for, but learn some life lessons from. Amy is one such character in the new novel by Kelly Harms, THE OVERDUE LIFE of AMY BYLER (LakeUnionPublishing).

“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 lives up to the hype. It is most definitely one of the best books of the years. It has everything – parenthood, divorce, dating and being underappreciated. It reminds me a lot of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE. Enjoy!


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, New York, and worked with many of her author-heroes as an editor at HarperCollins and then as a literary agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

When she’s not lost in a book that she’s either writing or reading, you can find her on the water, in the water, or near the water. Say hello anytime by clicking the contact button!

PS: Those things are all true, for sure! But if I didn’t have to have an easily copy-and-paste-able bio for media reasons, I’d also add…

Kelly (me) grew up in Iowa, and her much bigger brother only tortured her sometimes. Sometimes he played Home Run Derby with her and every time she hit a 400-footer, he made mouth sounds like the crowd was going wild.

She studied Biology and Violin Performance at Gustavus Adolphus College, then worked selling shoes and interning at the Utne Reader, which had a huge books section. That’s where things went downhill—too much book publishing exposure resulted in a decade in New York in the publishing business. It cannot be helped. On the plus side, while there she rooted for the Mets and heard a lot of great bands and worked as Docent at the American Museum of Natural History and sang in a great choir and, once, attempted to host a dinner party in her 300 square foot studio.

Eventually she came to her senses and moved back to the Midwest, though she misses New York all the time. In Wisconsin, she roots for the Cubs AND the Brewers which is very confusing. She likes snow and cross-country skiing and knitting and playing games with friends and kids and kids of friends. In Madison she became a Tall Poppy Writer, a mother, and a fan of craft breweries. Her seven year old thinks her books need more ninjas.

She loves writing by a fire in the winter and in the sunroom in the summer. She’s currently at work on her fourth work of comic fiction and who knows what else.

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you think is the biggest challenge for a single mother. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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30 thoughts on “THE OVERDUE LIFE of AMY BYLER by Kelly Harms & Giveaway

  1. Even though I’m not a single mother, nor a mother, the hardest thing for a single mother is juggling everything with her and her kid(s) — school, life, anything. I give them a lot of credit for what they do.

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  2. I think the hardest thing for a single mom is trying to get everything done. There aren’t enough hours in the day. Everything falls on them, mom stuff and dad stuff.

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  3. My Mom was a single Mother. I remember waking up at 2 in the morning, finding my Mom coloring her hair. 1. She couldn’t afford a salon, so her color came from a box. 2. She was so busy, between work and Momming, 2am was her “me” time. The phrase “Self Care” was NOT in her vocabulary.
    Shout Out to single Moms!

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  4. The hardest part of being a single mom is having to juggle everything-work,cleaning,cooking,homework,shuttling kids to school,appointments,activities,etc.alone with no one to pass off to.The exhaustion can be overwhelming.Looking back now that my kids are grown,I never realized how strong I was.

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  5. For me, the biggest challenge of being a single mom has been finding a balance, between work and home lives, to make sure my girls always have as much of me as they need.

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  6. My mother was a single mother and I can tell that the biggest challenge was the financial provision and spending quality time with the kids.

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  7. The biggest challenge of being a single parent is caring for child/children without help, Financially, it could be difficult if income doesn’t cover all needs. One most likely thing is caring for herself when demands of time and energy goes to others.

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  8. I am not a single Mom, but I did raise three daughters. I can’t imagine having to do that alone. Just trying to get everything done is hard enough as a single Mom. Even if a she physically manages to do it all, it’s important for a parent to at least have the emotional and moral support of a partner at the end of the day.

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  9. I know a few single parents and they work hard for their children. They have to play mom and dad at different activities. They give up a lot of social life too..

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  10. I was a single mom for 7 years. The most difficult thing for me was maintaining a sense of self while trying to be so many other things – career woman, mother, household manager, taxi, etc. To all the single moms out there – take care of yourself and never lose sight of YOU!

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  11. Let’s put it this way…the first time I was able to go to a bar as a single mother, I ordered a drinkie. The first time I went grocery shopping alone, I spent half an hour searching the store for my kids, as if I lost them in the store. The other stories are all sad.

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  12. My sister was a single mom and I always thought her biggest challenge was discipline. She was always overcompensating for being a single mom and therefore let a lot of things slide, discipline went out the window.

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  13. I was raised by a single mom and I think the hardest thing for my mom was finances. She was always trying to find creative ways to stretch what little money she had. She had no help from anyone. It was a daily struggle and took a lot of her time and energy. It really wore her down. I never realized how badly until I was a teenager and could work and finally help.

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  14. Im sure that they encounter a lot, maybe is harder those days that they need to take time and delagate on somebody or need a second opinion.

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