Almost Amish: A Novel

Almost Amish: A Novel

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by Kathryn Cushman
     
 

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"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

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"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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Julie Charlton is thrilled when her sister-in-law Susan is chosen to participate in a reality-TV show about living like the Amish. Susan needs another family to join her, so Julie volunteers hers and they move near an Amish community in Tennessee. Soon, the cameras are rolling and Julie realizes that the simple life might be more complicated. VERDICT Well-developed characters and a heartwarming story make Cushman's fifth novel an enjoyable read. Recommend it to fans of Fannie Flagg.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764208263
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.88(d)

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Meet the Author

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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