Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Almost Amish by Kathyrn Cushman

on August 30, 2012

About the Book:

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.

My Opinion:


If you’re like me you’re getting tired of the same ‘ol same ‘ol in regards to the plots involving typical Amish fiction – this is such a breath of fresh air, while it does involve Amish to some extent they aren’t the entire focus.  I’d welcome the change to get to live for 3 months in Amish country and try to live ‘simply’, but as we all find out at one point being Amish isn’t simple – it’s hard work.  Enter in sister-in-laws who agree to become a part of a reality show on how to live more simply – like the Amish – Susan has some ulterior motives that her sister-in-law isn’t privy too and it really has the reader disliking Susan, not to mention how she treats those around her.


I really enjoyed this book and would love to see a second follow it up on how the families readjust and implement the things they learned more in depth than just an epilogue.  The characters were deep and not at all one dimensional which added to the overall story – it felt great to see how they grew and didn’t stay stuck in their negativity, which is also a change from a lot of Christian books today where the characters always revel in their negativity.  If you’re looking for a book with strong characters, strong plot line and something that can be proud to be called Christian, this is it.


**Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.


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