Almost Amish - eBook  -     By: Kathryn Cushman
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Bethany House / 2012 / ePub

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Julie Charlton is at the breaking point. She's overwhelmed and burned out, and in today's unrelenting society, her kids are, too. When her sister-in-law Susan, a Martha Stewart-in-training, lands the chance to participate in a reality TV series promoting simple living, and needs another family to join her, it seems like the perfect opportunity.

The location is an idyllic farm outside an Amish community in Tennessee. Julie, with her two children, joins Susan and her teenage daughter for a summer adventure. Susan needs to succeed in order to become self-sufficient after an ugly divorce, Julie needs to slow down long enough to remember what her priorities are and regain a sense of purpose and meaning. It becomes clear from the start that "living simple" is no simple matter. 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. With each new challenge, their season of "going Amish" gets more and more complicated, as each woman learns unexpected lessons about herself and her family.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781441271044
ISBN-13: 9781441271044

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Publisher's Description

"Cushman crafts strong characters that are
easy to connect with."--Romantic Times

Julie Charlton is at the breaking point. She's overwhelmed and burned out, and in today's unrelenting society, her kids are, too. When her sister-in-law Susan, a Martha Stewart-in-training, lands the chance to participate in a reality TV series promoting simple living, and needs another family to join her, it seems like the perfect opportunity.

The location is an idyllic farm outside an Amish community in Tennessee. Julie, with her two children, joins Susan and her teenage daughter for a summer adventure. Susan needs to succeed in order to become self-sufficient after an ugly divorce, Julie needs to slow down long enough to remember what her priorities are and regain a sense of purpose and meaning. It becomes clear from the start that "living simple" is no simple matter. 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. With each new challenge, their season of "going Amish" gets more and more complicated, as each woman learns unexpected lessons about herself and her family.

Author Bio

Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of four previous novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California. Visit her Web site at www.kathryncushman.com.

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  1. Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Almost Amish
    September 26, 2016
    Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    At first I wasn't sure what I'd think about ALMOST AMISH. Reality TV shows, English living as Amish (dressed in pioneer closets?) and women's fiction.... Not a genre I'm a huge fan of, though I do read some. But this book - ALMOST AMISH grabbed me from the first page. I totally got Julie. Not perfect. Real. Gifted with organizing, but not cleaning. Gifted with seeing people, but not baking for school functions. And running ragged with all her and her children's and her husband's activities... Crazy. She needed a breather, and when her sister-in-law, Susan accepted a reality TV show position (for a needed boost with her career) she jumped at the chance to get away.

    But the situation is far from perfect. They take out the propane stove and put in a wood stove -- which neither woman had even seen one before, much less baked/cooked with one. The producers "greeked' labels, meaning they didn't know what ingredients were what in some cases, and well, there were NO privacy. Julie found herself going to bat over and over for her children and Susan because Susan wouldn't stand up for herself (afraid to risk her career plans) and the producers were running alll over them. . .

    Add a "handyman", a potential romance and lots of heart and realism and you have ALMOST AMISH.

    This was a beautifully written story that I totally LOVED. I have made decisions to slow our family life down as I grew older -- getting rid of TV, baking most meals from scratch, not eating out, and spending time together as a family. We have a reputation of being "The Waltons" around here - actually eating at the table as a family. . . etc. I am not good at gardening, (Julie was) and not good at sewing (Julie was) but otherwise I totally related to her. GREAT story. I haven't read much (if anything else) by this author, but I will look up more, based on this book.
  2. South Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Unexpected, But Good
    September 15, 2014
    Margot
    South Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was not really what I thought it would be, having read the back cover, but it was still very interesting and thought provoking. Susan was the star of the reality TV show, but Julie was the main character of the book, the one who truly embraced the concept of a simple life, and the one whose lessons most effected me. I was disappointed by all the compromises made under cover of the "Almost" in the title. It would have been more challenging for them to go totally Amish, including the humility and peacefulness of that culture. I did enjoy seeing Julie realize that being an enabler for others is a ministry in itself, and a valuable one. It was great to see the changes in the children and family dynamics brought about by a lack of 'technological noise.' I really appreciated the wisdom of Rosemary and the gentle way she shared it.

    I would highly recommend this book.
  3. Heber Springs, AR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Life is never easy, but it has its comfort zones
    September 24, 2012
    schoolmarm
    Heber Springs, AR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Julie and Susan take on the chance to live the Amish

    way for the reality show for different reasons. Each

    needs something that they believe they can learn

    or gain from this experience. In the end, they are

    surprised with what they have learned and gained

    from this experience. A very good read from an author

    who stepped out of her box to write it.
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