Monday, July 16, 2012

Almost Amish -Review

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


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.


Proving the Simple Life Isn't So Simple After All

Overcommitted 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 thoughts:  I enjoyed reading this book.  I think it struck a nerve with me.  I feel that we are all too often rushing through our lives by overscheduling ourselves and not taking time to notice the small things.  I can't say that I'd like to go live without electricity(after all I really like my computer and this blog) but I can say that I do try to make my life as centered on my children and my home as I can.  I try to not overschedule so that I have more time at home doing what I feel is important.

This book was wonderfully written and engaging.  I would highly recommend that if you like to read that you give this book a go.  I know I will be watching to find more from this author in the future!

I received a copy of this for free to as part of the CFBA. However, all opinions in this post are mine and not influenced by others. Pin It Now!


  1. Sounds like a very interesting book thanks for sharing with us.

  2. I always love a good book. Thanks for the review to help others decide on a good one.

  3. Wow sounds like a neat book!

  4. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  5. Sounds like a book that I would like to read. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review.

  7. Sounds quite interesting. I am wondering how true to the Amish life it is.