Much thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Kelly Harms for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.
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“And yes , it makes me crazy to think that my kids can go days— or maybe weeks—without me. If I’m not needed, if I’m not busy, if I’m not an overstretched, overwhelmed, underslept, underpaid single mother… What exactly am I?”
📖Blurb via Goodreads 📖
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.
🖋 About the Author: Kelly Harms
Kelly Harms is the author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay. She has also worked with New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, Edgar, RITA, and Agatha award winners, and Indie Next List Picks in her time as an editor at a division of HarperCollins and later as an agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her son Griffin and puppy Scout.
📚 Series: No
📚 Genre: General Fiction / Romance
📚 POV: First person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Cheating. Divorce. Accident/Surgery on a minor character.
⚠ Read if: you feel like you are underappreciated and need a break. Or, if you are looking for a light fun read.
Amy Byler is an overworked and underpaid single mom of two children (Cori, 15 and Joe, 12) whose (common law ex-)husband went to Hong Kong and disappeared for three years.
Out of nowhere, John (the ex husband) returns and wants to make amends with her and the kids. He offers to take care of them for the summer, and suddenly Amy is handed a whole lot of time in her hands.. and for the first time, nothing to do and no kids to think about.
School librarian Amy suddenly decided to go to New York for a library conference. Reuniting with her college friend also led her to be part a “momspringa”. At the prospect of being alone, Amy now has time to think her life over and make decisions on her marriage. If life suddenly gives her the opportunity for a whole lot of change in mindset and new love prospect, then, hey, let her take it.
“Can forgiving him and enjoying time with him now actually make you feel better than holding a grudge against him for the rest of your lives? In other words, is punishing him what’s truly best for you?”
Amy Byler is so likeable and relatable and made me appreciate my mom even more. I was rooting for her all the while and felt very happy with how life turned out for her.
Her support system were lovable. We’re here for girls supporting girls! The whole “momspringa” journey was so fun, it definitely felt like I was watching a movie!
Her love interest is swoonworthy and perfectly written for her. I was nervous at first but now extremely happy with what happend in the end.
I loved all the bits of literary references, too. The nerd in me was swimming in happiness!
This book, in its entirety, is very charming and so funny you might laugh out loud, but also a very thought provoking and heart warming read.
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☁FINAL VERDICT: 4.63/5 ☁