by Kelly Harms
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 Book of Amy Byler is a book about learning how to come back to yourself and reinvention after having your world shaken up. Amy's husband leaves her and her children, and she finds herself needing to come back to herself in order to keep going on in her life. Harms does a great job of describing to the reader the kind of topsy-turvy effect this would have on anyone's life. It was honestly a great way of viewing life from a completely opposite perspective for me (and I'm all for any book that helps anyone do that).
I enjoyed reading about Amy's resilience and her ability to move past her hardships (aka her husband's actions) for her children and herself. This provided her with the ability to get back some of that lost time for herself back.
I don't like the term "Chick Lit" but I guess you can say that this would be classified as that. It's woman-centered, contemporary, and funny - if you enjoy those things in your books, definitely check this one out.