Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CFBA Presents "Almost Amish" by Kathryn Cushman

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Almost Amish
Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2012)
Kathryn Cushman


Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy, but all her life she knew that she wanted to write a novel “some day”. For her, “some day” came in 2003, when she started writing and never looked back.

Her first two manuscripts remain firmly ensconced in the back of her closet (the dust bunnies tell her they really are terrific!). Her third attempt became her first published novel.

A Promise to Remember and Leaving Yesterday were both finalists for the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, and Waiting for Daybreak was a finalist in Women’s Fiction for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

On the homefront, she has been married to the wonderful and handsome Lee for nearly twenty-five years now, and their two daughters are currently braving the worlds of high school and college.

They’ve lived in Santa Barbara for over twenty years. It’s a beautiful place and Kathryn feel blessed to be there (although a seventy degree Christmas still leaves her dreaming of a white one—or at least a colder one!)

When she's not writing or reading or braving seventy degree holidays, you’ll find her trying her best to keep up with her daughters in their various theater, softball, dance, and filled-with-activity lives.


Proving the Simple Life Isn't So Simple After All

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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Almost Amish, go HERE.

My Thoughts:

Truthfully, when I first read about this one I thought, "REALLY? A reality show about being Amish?"  Then I looked at the television listings for reality television shows and realized, "Hey, it could happen!"

If it does, Kathryn Cushman needs to be the head writer for the series.  Actually, she needs to be the developer, producer, head writer, and casting director.  Only she can do make it believable and worth the effort.

Kathryn has crafted a unique story filled with unforgettable characters.  I could SO relate to Julie, and I have a few Susan's in my life!  Watching these two women struggle with the demands of life and the need for perfection was like looking in a mirror.

And the kids...I fell in love with all of them, but Whitney...now, that's a girl after my own heart!  She's a young woman for young girls to think about, standing up for the invisible and reaching out with her heart.  Loved her to bits!

Kathryn paints the Amish lifestyle with realistic brushstrokes.  It's all too easy to think Simple Living is...well, simple.  It's just different.  We can all learn a little from one another, but that 'grass is greener' attitude really gets us no where.  Something Julie learns through her experience, and we can learn from reading the novel.

This is another winner from Kathryn; honestly, haven't read a novel she's written that I didn't love, but this one is unique.  I received my copy from Bethany House Publishers through CFBA in exchange for my honest review.  Highly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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1 comment:

Patricia said...

Thanks for your review! I am also to review this book for Bethany House. I a glad you recommend the book. I am looking for to reading the book even more now.