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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler | 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.
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Book 5

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gcbenezra66
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I actually enjoyed this more than I thought that I would. The end took a bit of a left turn but it was light and amusing and I would absolutely recommend as a beach read.

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DebinHawaii
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#FallTreasures

I enjoyed this fun book when I read it a couple years ago. I think Amy‘s husband had more of a classic #midlifecrisis when he left her for a younger woman & moved to Hong Kong, but I think her #momspringa trip to NYC is a bit of a cure for Amy‘s own crisis.

nichollinlove I was pleasantly surprised by this book. There was more substance there than I expected. Seven Day Switch by her is equally as good! 9mo
Eggs This was a great book. And great choice❣️ 9mo
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JennyM
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Aw, Helen. What a lovely surprise to get this all in the post today. I‘ve been wanting to read this for ages and … Percy Pigs!!!! 🐷 I‘ve not had them for years. I will share them with the kids (I promise). Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and friendship. You‘re the fab one! Big hugs.

lazydaizee I love Percy Pigs, and the book looks interesting too. 11mo
youneverarrived 💕💕 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm How lovely! I‘m curious about Percy Pigs! 11mo
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squirrelbrain That didn‘t take long to get there! I‘ll be watching you, to make sure you do share the piggies! 🤣 11mo
JennyM @squirrelbrain if they know Percy Pigs are in the house, they will last exactly 2 seconds! 😆 11mo
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm @lazydaizee Percy Pigs are the best! I would send you some Jessie if I were still in the UK. They have been gobbled up quickly by my lot 😉 I‘m looking forward to the book, too @lazydaizee - it‘s had great reviews on here 👍 11mo
Centique How are you going Jenny? Are you in Victoria or NSW? I hope things aren‘t too difficult for you at the moment xxx 💕 11mo
JennyM @Centique hi Paula 👋 I‘m good thanks - I‘m in Brissie so we are ok at the moment. Tricky times in Aus for so many though. Hope you and yours are all good 😘 11mo
CarolynM 👋Hi Jenny. Just checking in with you. Are you in one of the locked down LGAs? Hope you're doing ok😘 11mo
JennyM @CarolynM thanks for thinking of me. Unfortunately I am in one of the areas lockdown, and there is a growing dread it might need more than a few days to get in top of it 😕 Fully fuelled up with coffee this morning to tackle the joyful juggle of home schooling, work and PhD! Hope you are doing well and looking after yourself. Big hugs 🤗 11mo
CarolynM Sorry to hear that. They've got on to it quickly, so hopefully not too long🍀 Be kind to yourselves while you hunker down at home, you can only do what you can do. Hugs to you too🤗 11mo
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TheStoriedLife
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I enjoyed Overdue Life, but it suffered from my own high expectations from the outset, which I realize is entirely my own problem. I‘d been told if I liked Where‘d You Go, Bernadette?, I should read this one. I did…and found it was “not as:” not as funny, narratively creative, sharp (or smart), or layered. And it‘s kind of hard to beat Bernadette as a protagonist. But, had I read it as simply a fun summer read, it would‘ve suited me just fine.

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aperfectmjk
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Started this one today. Going to try and get some reading in today because tmrw will be a no go for sure. Spending the day at a BBQ/pool party. Who knows... maybe I'll sneak some listening time in and just be anti-social. Ahhh... the life and struggles of a bookworm.

@TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
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A intriguing book. 3.5/5 Read for the June #Buzzwordathon - Name/Title

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CogsOfEncouragement
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The perfect book to start summer break.

Elizabeth2 I really liked this book! (edited) 12mo
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Allthebookclubs
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I‘ve read a few “mom‘s need a break” books lately, though not intentionally, but this one was great! It was a bit far fetched, most of us would never have the connections to get to do what Amy did but I enjoyed living it through her!!!! Book 33 in 2021

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SleepyDragon
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I'm about at the halfway mark and feel like I'm reading a Hallmark movie. Just interesting enough to keep going, but so cheesy and ridiculous that I keep rolling my eyes. #PrimeReading

SleepyDragon There is a Litsy reference, though. Lol 13mo
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RedxoHearts
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Panpan

Finished this one today but I never really could get into it.

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Anwesha
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A refreshing read!

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Nute
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I bought this on my Kindle because someone told me that it mentions Litsy in the story. I find that rather exciting! Can‘t wait to get to that part.

BeaG The synopsis sounds good. 1y
Hooked_on_books It mentions Litsy?!? That‘s so cool! 1y
Nute @BeaG It‘s a cute story so far! 1y
Nute @Hooked_on_books Yes! I was told that it mentions Litsy. I am waiting with bated breath. I‘ll probably fall out of bed when I see it in print!😂 1y
BeaG @Nute LOL 1y
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Mrs.C
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I finished! Amy, a single mom spends the summer in NYC after her husband who left the family returns to try and make amends. She finds a new side of herself while she‘s there and really grows to like this life. Throughout she wrestles with the guilt of taking time for herself and wonders how she is any better than the husband who left his family. The book was good, the parental guilt and the desire for a break would hit home for any parent. 3.75⭐️

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Mrs.C
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I‘ve been listening to this book. The mom guilt that is a prominent aspect of the book, really hits home.

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ncsufoxes
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I am not a single mom but I do get the whole feeling as most moms do of the need for a break (especially after a year of quarantine). It was a decent, fun, quick read which is what I need to take a break from the endless pile of academic papers to be read. One more book off my bingo board #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1y
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paisleyjess
Pickpick

I actually really enjoyed this. There was the typical insane, maniacal mom thought rants but it turned around a lot in the last 10th of the book and made me forget those fleeting annoyances.

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paisleyjess

I'm liking this one but tired of mom stories where the MC behaves irrationally bc they are a mother. We get it... Uterine madness for the new generation

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squirrelbrain
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I *loved* this book - of course I was always going to do as it‘s set in New York and I knew most of the places mentioned, and it‘s about books (and of course Litsy is in there too!)

Thank you so much for sending it to me Victoria @Birdsong28 - I‘m only sorry it took me a few months to get to it. This was my #bookspin for this month and it‘s been on my bingo card since September but the numbers just didn‘t fall right, until now!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Caroline2 Sounds great, stacked. 😉 1y
Nute Litsy is mentioned in this book? That‘s enough to make me stack it!😆 1y
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squirrelbrain Yes @Nute - the MC checks her TBR list out on Litsy! It‘s a great book! 1y
Birdsong28 @squirrelbrain It's ok, there was no rush to read it. Glad you liked it though. 😊📚📖 1y
charl08 Adding this one then! 1y
PurpleTulipGirl @Nute This book is how I found out about Litsy. 1y
Nute @squirrelbrain @PurpleTulipGirl I didn‘t know that. I am going to purchase this book this weekend for that tiny little fact. Also, it seems well liked on Litsy.😊 1y
squirrelbrain Oh I do hope you love it too @Nute ! 1y
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lilpumpkin2.0
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February 7, 2021 Hey Listers!!! She did it again! I finished The Overdue Life of Amy Byler and it was a great book. It is not a romantic comedy but it is a book that many mothers can relate to when they need a break (a short break) from their family. #momspringa

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January 29, 2021 Today I finally got my third book I have been waiting for!!!! I have been waiting two whole days because it did not arrive with the other two on Tuesday. Anyway, it came today and I am happy to say that these books are my current TBR.. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, Verity by Colleen Hoover, and Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald. Listy readers, I have been trying to get my hands on the Sorry Not Sorry and it went back in stock

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5280reader
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Such a fast read for me- as single mom gets the summer opportunity to live #momspringa in NYC. Can relate to so many feelings- freedom in a city while at a educational conference, raising kids by yourself and just needing time to rediscover who you are! #bookspinbingo #litsyatoz

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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5280reader
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Pickpick

Such a fast read for me- as single mom gets the summer opportunity to live #momspringa in NYC. Can relate to so many feelings- freedom in a city while at a educational conference, raising kids by yourself and just needing time to rediscover who you are! #bookspinbingo #litsyatoz

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Wow. I really think she did an amazing job taking serious subjects and presenting them in a very well written but fun-to-read way! This made me reflect so much on my own experience of feeling alone in my marriage and my parenting, and my own future as a divorced mom who would prefer not to be alone forever. I think this could also be a great discussion read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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I wanted work to come in. I desperately need to work. Missing my book though!

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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I just started this in the bath but so far I really like it - light but serious, and funny but not goofy. I hope the enjoyment lasts!

LiteraryinLawrence This was one I loved! 2y
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JenReadsAlot
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Nikki_E
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I decided to try #bookspin a try this month. Please excuse my writing.

sharread That's me usually 🤣🤣🤣🤣💖💖💖💖 2y
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Nikki_E
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I want to have a #momspringa!

MyNamesParadise Loved this book so much! It even mentioned Litsy! 2y
Nikki_E @MyNamesParadise I know! I cracked up when I saw that. 2y
NeedsMoreBooks Yes! I enjoyed this one 😎 2y
Darthdad This was a guilty pleasure for me. Really enjoyed it 2y
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NeedsMoreBooks
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This lighthearted contemporary book follows Amy Byler, mother of 2, whose husband returns after a gap of 3 years. John wants to spend time with his children and Amy agrees to go to New York to spend her new-found alone time. I enjoyed this book on supportive fulfilling female friendships, the importance of self-care, and the different aspects of motherhood. There‘s also a reference to Litsy and other bookish stuff as Amy is a school librarian.

Reecaspieces This is a great read...you nailed it. 2y
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Nikki_E
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Next read, hopefully a much lighter and fun read.

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jdiehr
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Isn't it lovely when you like the books you get for free on Amazon?

That was the case with this one.

A single mom/librarian/book nerd spends the summer away from her kids in New York City.

Her friend works for a fashion magazine that ends up running a feature on 'momspringa.'

Cute and enjoyable, but not earth-shattering.

PS - The smoke in the picture is just a sad fact of life in my region right now. Grateful we haven't had to leave our home

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MyNamesParadise
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I loved this book! It even mentioned my beloved Litsy! This is a fun read, especially for us book lovers! I enjoyed Amy‘s journey on her “momspringa” and how she came into herself. Enjoyed the supporting cast of characters as well. Fun and makes me want to visit New York again soon!

jenniferajanes That was a really fun book! It kept me entertained while prepping for an outpatient procedure! 2y
Jemgirl2014 Thanks for the review! I have this one on my TBR list. I'm going to have to move it up higher. 😊 2y
MyNamesParadise @jenniferajanes don‘t you love books about book obsessed people/librarians? Have you read The Bookish Life of Nina Hill? Loved that one so much too! 2y
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MyNamesParadise @Jemgirl2014 it‘s really enjoyable! Especially if you love books about book obsessed people! Have you read The Bookish Life of Nina Hill? Loved that one!! 2y
jenniferajanes @MyNamesParadise I have not, but it‘s on my TBR! Thanks for the recommendation! I do love books about bookish people! 📚 2y
Jemgirl2014 @MyNamesParadise I read "The Bookish Life of Nina Hill"! Loved it! ? 2y
MyNamesParadise @jenniferajanes I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it! It‘s very quirky and funny. Perfect read for what I was feeling at the time I read it. 2y
MyNamesParadise @Jemgirl2014 I loved Nina Hill so much I got a couple of other books by the author. I haven‘t read them yet! 2y
Jemgirl2014 @MyNamesParadise Oh! I didn't know she has a backlist. I have to check it out now lol 2y
jenniferajanes @MyNamesParadise Hooray! 📚🎉 2y
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PrincessToad

“-Some people have to practice forgiveness and will never be naturals. They‘ll either do the work and get awesome at it but always have to think it over- or never do the work and die with a sack of hurts the size of an elephant. I know, because I‘m in danger of being one of those people whenever I stop paying attention.”

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MyNamesParadise
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Ahhh first time I‘ve seen my beloved Litsy mentioned in a book! I love this book! So many book references!! Which makes sense given that the main character is a school librarian!

Suet624 That‘s awesome! 2y
tjwill 😮🤗 Awesome! 2y
Megabooks Awesome!! 🥳🥳 2y
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MyNamesParadise @Suet624 @tjwill @Megabooks yes it is!! It‘s also a really enjoyable book. I highly recommend it! 2y
MulderItsMe I literally just discovered this app through that book! 2y
MyNamesParadise @MulderItsMe Litsy is an amazing place! Hope you enjoy it! 2y
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slategreyskies
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This makes 7/25. I‘m not getting a bingo, but I‘m having fun!

This is also my 2nd book for the #AwesomeAugust #readathon.

God, I love reading. :)

#BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! There is something so satisfying about checking them off!! 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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slategreyskies
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Pickpick

This book was so much fun! I liked how it kept telling me (over and over) that I need to take care of myself first before I can take care of anyone else. As someone who dropped everything for her kids, I‘ve never been good at taking care of me. It was really cool to read that I matter too and that it‘s important (necessary!) for me to do things for myself and not put myself last. I‘m glad I read this one. :)

LiteraryinLawrence Well said! I thought this book was really special. I bought copies for myself and to give as gifts. 2y
BennettBookworm Agreed! And one of those gifts was for me!! @LiteraryinLititz 2y
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Soubhiville
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@Jee_HookedOnBookz what a sweet surprise! Thank you so much! It‘s always fun to see what‘s in a package you don‘t think you‘ve ordered! ❤️

Jee_HookedOnBookz Yayyyy!!! You‘re so welcome, my friend! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did! I had so much fun reading it! :) 2y
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slategreyskies
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Currently reading this one. It‘s fun so far, but I wish I had the audio, since I‘m having to stop to do laundry and vacuum. Bummer!

#AwesomeAugust #readathon #BookSpinBingo :)

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MyNamesParadise

This just came in for me at the library! Won‘t be able to pick it up until Saturday because of when curbside pickup is available. I am excited to read it!

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emmaturi
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This was overall a fun and enjoyable read! #bookcovers

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ItsAnotherJen
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So fun and satisfying! Unrealistic in the way the best movies are, where everything falls into place in an almost magical-fairy-godmother-type way...but that's part of the charm! Who wouldn't want all-the-things and their ex's credit card or someone else's business footing the bill!?
I loved that the main character is a librarian and loves books. Litsy was even mentioned! First book I ever read that talked about our beloved app.
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litmuggle1 I really enjoyed this one, it pulled me right out of a reading slump. 2y
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Birdsong28
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Good. Interesting characters and concept. Loved all the literature references. Just thought the twist came a bit late and was rushed in dealing with it.

#LakeUnionPublishing

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GidgetsTreasures75
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6-2-20: My 40th finished book of 2020! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #theoverduelifeofamybyler #kellyharms 👍🏼📖#️⃣4️⃣0️⃣

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Megabooks
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Here‘s my final reward from the #audible 2 for 1 sale! Thanks for an awesome #nutsinMay readathon, Andrew!

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, you have been a star performer! 2y
Megabooks @Andrew65 thanks you!! 🥰😊😊 2y
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TerriGreen
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A summer in New York City without kids, oh and a hot librarian, what‘s not to love! Fun and refreshing. I could relate to her struggle getting her teen to read. Book 42 4⭐️

Tracyantoon I really liked this one too! Flew through it. 2y
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Birdsong28
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(Last line) No we don't think this!

If anything we dread it as it might take away our love for the feel of the book and the journey we take with the characters as we will always go back to how they looked in the movie.

Suet624 Agreed. 2y
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beautifulcrevice
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a quick and light read on thee old paperwhite™️ to mix it up! 🤓📚🖤 #theoverduelifeofamybyler #lightread #primereading

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gradcat
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#Booked2020 #Spring #MakesYouLOL

I loved this book. Laugh-out loud funny? I‘m not sure...but it‘s as funny as anything I‘ll ever read, and I will admit to a few broad grins, as well as some implied HI-5s. It‘s a romance, chick-lit kind of book, though I do hate limiting a novel by referring to it as the latter. The great thing about Amy Byler‘s life is that the romance she stumbles upon resonates with the title, in that this book is a sort ⬇️

gradcat ⬆️ (cont) of overdue view of the typical romance novel. It turns romance on its head, in a way, and I find it a long overdue rewriting of the stereotypical romance novel. Nothing is really predictable in this story, and that‘s already a fresh take. Also, Amy‘s daughter‘s texts and emails really are (LOL) funny, actually. And did I mention that Amy, who loves to read, checks her TBR on Litsy? What‘s not to love here? Yes, it‘s light, but it‘s ⬇️ (edited) 2y
gradcat ⬆️ (cont) not so light that it‘s cozy. I‘m not calling it great literature, but it is well written, has an unpredictable plot, is funny, and is a quick read. (Maybe “Momspringa” will become a thing. Moms everywhere probably deserve it.) 👩🏻‍🎓🐱♥️ (edited) 2y
Cinfhen You always write the BEST reviews!!!!!! Hope you‘re feeling better. Glad to see you reading & reviewing 😁I love there‘s a Litsy reference 🙌🏻♥️ 2y
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gradcat @Cinfhen Thank you! You‘re always so nice to me about my (run-on) reviews—ha ha! I feel like screaming “I know!” like Monica on the show “Friends” about the Litsy reference (maybe you know from whence I speak?)...I was thrilled to see that!! ♥️ 2y
Cinfhen I know!!!!!! XXX 😘 2y
4thhouseontheleft Litsy is mentioned in the novel? I wonder if that is a first? So neat! Great review, I really want to read this now. 2y
gradcat @4thhouseontheleft It really is. She talks about her huge TBR pile...a lot of us can relate to that! 😂 I really did like it. It‘s not the kind of thing I usually read, but I was charmed by it. ♥️ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like fun! Thanks for the review. 🤣😎📚♥️ 2y
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