Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Almost Amish

Almost Amish
Kathryn Cushman

I would have loved Almost Amish even if it was horribly written. I've always wandered what kind of new perspective I could gain from immersing myself in the Amish way of life for a bit. What would I desperately miss? What wouldn't I miss? Would it surprise me? Just the peacefulness appeals to me. I kind of got a taste of what it might be like through Julie and her SIL. I loved watching Julie grow throughout this novel. She went from this crazy busy, not willing to stand up for herself, not quite sure WHO she was mom to this in charge mama who finally figured out who she was and found out that she actually loved her unique self. Honestly, she reminded me of, well, me. LOL And it was a great reminder to take the time to find out who you are and to be completely okay with that, even if it's not what you think you should be. Love. Definitely a favorite for me!

"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."

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review - thank you!