The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is the official book club pick for January.
January is the perfect month to read a book about big life changes. I spotted this pick over on Amazon and was immediately drawn to the description of a single mom rediscovering what is important to her in her life.
I’m so pleased to announce the Official January book club pick for the Peanut Blossom book club is The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms:
Money-saving tricks for this month’s book club pick:
- As of January 2020, the Kindle version is $4.99 but is available for free on Kindle Unlimited.
- If you have the ebook in your Kindle, the audiobook on Audible is only $1.99.
- Grab a copy from the library, you may need the ISBN number to request it from your librarian. You can find that in the book listing here.
All about The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
Here’s the description of the book from Amazon:
“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.”
Discussion questions for The Overdue Life of Amy Byler:
I think the best discussion questions for book club help the group relate to the story in their personal lives. Ask these questions at your book club and watch the discussion fly!
1. Have you ever had an ex come back and attempt to get back together? How did you respond? How did you feel about Amy’s response?
2. Could you leave your kids for an entire summer if you knew they’d be well taken care of?
3. Where would you go for your own “momspringa”? What would you do?
4. Which part of Amy’s New York adventure sounded the most fun to you?
5. Which part of Amy’s experience in New York would you dread?
6. What did you think of Amy’s ‘sexy librarian’ friend? Would you be attracted to a guy like that? Why or why not?
7. Would you have used your ex’s credit card for spending in New York? Was it realistic or understandable that Amy didn’t?
8. What did you think of Amy’s two best friends in the story? Did you relate to one vs. the other? Did they remind you of friends that you have?
Come on over and chat about your answers in our online book club group.
You can find the discussion for this book right here.
Book club party recipe ideas:
If you’re getting together with friends to chat about the book, I recommend hosting a New York themed party! Amy spends her getaway in New York City and mentions several classic New York delicacies throughout the book.
Get all of the easy recipes I used for our New York-themed book club party here. And then be sure to whip up a big batch of cosmos. Ha!