Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review: Almost Amish by Kathryn Cushman

Title: Almost Amish
Author: Kathryn Cushman
Category: Amish/Fiction
Pub. Date: 07/01/2012
Publisher: Bethany House Publisher
Format: Kindle
Pages: 336
ISBN#: B0073UN96W

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.

My Review:  
To start off my review of Almost Amish by author Kathryn Cushman, I will state that although Amish books are among my most favorite books and that I am never let down from reading any. 

But for this particular story line I thought it was kinda of a slow read. I would love to have the chance some time  to spend a couple of days with in a Amish community, this story is told from the point of view from two families that are doing so for a TV reality show. 

It is one thing doin this on your own but to also include your children I am not to sure of. But it is a book. 

The cover: I love
The characters: For the most uninteresting. 
The plot: was alright and even though it felt drawn out I still wanted to know what was going to happen next. So for that it was good. 
The ending: Was just not for me. I was left with nothing. 

 So for these reasons above, and believe me when I say I just can't believe it, the breath of life rating is not what I thought it would be. 

And even though I am giving said rating I do feel that you should check out the book for yourself and who knows you may really like it.  I will be checking out other books by author Kathryn Cushman. 

But other than that this is my Breath of Life rating of this book: 

Three Clock Rating!!

Disclosure: I did not receive this book in exchange for my review. But the opinions are mine, your opinion may differ, and that is fine with me.


About the Author:  

 Author Kathryn "Katie" Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy.

She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction.

She is also the co-author of Angel Song with Sheila Walsh.

Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California.


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