This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Almost Amish
Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2012)
by
Kathryn Cushman
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy, but all her life she knew that she wanted to write a novel “some day”. For her, “some day” came in 2003, when she started writing and never looked back.

Her first two manuscripts remain firmly ensconced in the back of her closet (the dust bunnies tell her they really are terrific!). Her third attempt became her first published novel.

A Promise to Remember and Leaving Yesterday were both finalists for the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, and Waiting for Daybreak was a finalist in Women’s Fiction for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

On the homefront, she has been married to the wonderful and handsome Lee for nearly twenty-five years now, and their two daughters are currently braving the worlds of high school and college.

They’ve lived in Santa Barbara for over twenty years. It’s a beautiful place and Kathryn feel blessed to be there (although a seventy degree Christmas still leaves her dreaming of a white one—or at least a colder one!)

When she’s not writing or reading or braving seventy degree holidays, you’ll find her trying her best to keep up with her daughters in their various theater, softball, dance, and filled-with-activity lives.

Learn more about Kathryn and her books on her Website .

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Proving the Simple Life Isn’t So Simple After All

Over committed and overwhelmed, Julie Charlton is at the breaking point. She knows she should feel blessed as a mother and wife–but she just feels exhausted. And then, the miraculous happens. Her sister-in-law Susan, a Martha Stewart-in-training, lands the chance to participate in a reality TV series about trying to live like the Amish and needs another family to join her. It’s just the break Julie needs.

But the summer adventure in simple living soon proves anything but simple. With the camera watching every move, Susan’s drive for perfection feels a lot like what they left behind, while Julie suddenly finds herself needing to stand up for slowing down. Whether it’s cooking, cleaning, or dressing differently, each new Amish challenge raises new complications…and soon each woman learns unexpected lessons about herself and her family.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Almost Amish, go HERE.

MY REVIEW:

Almost Amish is an absolutely perfect concept for a novel at this time with the proliferation of Amish fiction and reality TV programs. When Julie Charlton agrees to join her sister-in-law Susan and their families for a three month reality show that challenges them to live like the Amish, neither of them realize quite what they have agreed to do. Julie just knows that she needs a break and Susan believes that if she plays her cards right, the future of her daughter and herself will be assured. Reality strikes quickly when they find that all the rules are up for change at a moment’s notice and there is nothing they can do about it.

Almost Amish is a book that both adults and teens can enjoy. With three teen characters as well as the two primary characters, lots of humor and drama, plus a bit of romance, the story has a bit of something for everyone. The plot moves at a brisk pace with excellent dialogue and well developed characters. More than one surprise along the way helps keep those pages turning with anticipation.

I liked reading about each of the characters as they allowed their new environment and experiences to shape and change them, albeit some sooner than others. The essential theme of the story is about finding and using the unique gifts that the Lord has given you rather than comparing yourself to others. Almost Amish is a fun and entertaining book that I highly recommend.