The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

Lake Union: Amazon. May 2019. 332p. ISBN 9781542042963. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781542040570. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781542090575. F
OrangeReviewStarSchool librarian Amy Byler grabs the opportunity to get away to New York for a week of rest and reading while her children get reacquainted with their long-lost dad in rural Pennsylvania. But the week stretches into more than two months and a makeover that changes her life. Through a series of journal entries, Cori, Amy's daughter, shares the adventures that she, her brother Joe, and Amy's sort-of ex-husband John have as they get to know one another. Meanwhile, Amy is learning how to be herself, someone she lost when John left her three years ago. Her friends encourage her to date and laugh at herself as she makes mistakes and finds her way. Readers will be rooting for Amy as she navigates the dating world and makes friends who will stick with her, even in times of tragedy.
VERDICT Librarians and book lovers will fall for Amyand. Harms (The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane) writes a great light read full of tears, laughter, and charming, relatable characters.

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