The kids are grown, now what?: Review: Almost Amish by Kathryn Cushman

Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: Almost Amish by Kathryn Cushman


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 Thoughts: This was a really fast read. If I don't like a book then it will take me forever to read it and this one flew by! I love the idea of exploring "the simple life". But what we come to find out is that the simple life isn't so simple. Removing appliances and technology doesn't necessarily make your life easier but in my mind it does make you realize what's important. This is what Julie and Susan discover as well.

You can get Almost Amish for Kindle free on Friday August 17th.

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post although I did receive a free copy of the book to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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