The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This is the debut novel of Ms. Harms and was also got nominated for Goodreads choice awards. It’s well written and has a good flow of timeline. But that’s just the most I like about it. The characters were Okay. I found the storyline interesting for a few hundred pages. After a point in the story, everything is too over the top and predictable.

The story revolves around the protagonist, Amy. She is a single mom, left alone by her husband to raise the kids on her own. She takes up a librarian job for running the household, and makes several compromises and sacrifices to keep the finances in check. One day, her husband returns with an intention to spend time with kids. And Amy is left to take time off for herself for the first time in the three years. Everything else that follows after it is too predictable and follows like a teen romance.

The story timeline is set in a nonlinear way. However, it’s very impressive how the author uses this nonchronological timeline for character development. She goes back and forth effortlessly. And it’s beautiful how everything presents itself as a streamlined set of events in the reader’s head. I wish that the later part of the story plot was a little better. The story did not do justice to the writing. I am not a romance genre fan, and probably that’s the reason I wasn’t able to enjoy the second half of the story. Saying that I am interested in reading more from this author.

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