The Overdue Life of Amy Byler Book Club Kit

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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms is the official January 2020 pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers.

A copy of the book The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is on a table.

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:

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This book club pick is one of the awesome books from our sixth year of book club.

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    What is The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms About?

    Here’s the description of the book from Amazon:

    “Overworked and under-appreciated, 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.”

    Get a copy of the book here.

    The Overdue Life of Amy Byler Book Club Questions

    I believe the best book club questions to spark a lively discussion in your group help readers make personal connections to the story.

    You can read about how to write the best book club questions on your own here, but hopefully these will get you started!

    Question 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?

    Question 2:

    Could you leave your kids for an entire summer if you knew they’d be well taken care of?

    Question 3:

    Where would you go for your own “momspringa”? What would you do?

    Question 4:

    Which part of Amy’s New York adventure sounded the most fun to you?

    Question 5:

    Which part of Amy’s experience in New York would you dread?

    Question 6:

    What did you think of Amy’s ‘sexy librarian’ friend? Would you be attracted to a guy like that? Why or why not?

    Question 7:

    Would you have used your ex’s credit card for spending in New York? Was it realistic or understandable that Amy didn’t?

    Question 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 Menu

    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!

    A kitchen counter has several book club snacks and a copy of the book pick of the month.
    The copy of the book sits on the table.

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