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"Cushman crafts strong characters that are
easy to connect with.""--Romantic Times
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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 famil...more
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Published July 1st 2012 by Bethany House (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jessica
This book had an interesting premise but the writing just didn't grab me. The characters seemed rather extreme and many things that happened seemed unrealistic. For example, the character of Susan is always grumpy, a super perfectionist, and completely blind to what is happening in her life. Yet somehow, Gary is attracted to her? There are also inconsistencies with the supposed filming. At certain times they are so worried about what the cameras will film and other times it seems that no one is...more
Maureen Timerman
I loved reading this book...we live in such a fast pace rat race. We seem to forget what is important, and this book helps bring things into reality.
We begin with Julie Charlton who doesn't seem to know the name "NO". She is always running from one thing to another, and sometimes has to be two places at once. When her husband Thomas's sister begs her to help her...of course Julie does what she always does "Yes"!
Susan Reynolds is in a fight to support herself and her daughter Angie, and the prod...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith

If you've ever read anything about the Amish lifestyles, you know that they live a much simpler life, no electricity, no technology, no cars and just a whole lot less stress. So when the Lisa Lee show gets an idea for a new reality show called Almost Amish, a modern family from California is going to get a lot more lessons in life than simply learning how to be Amish.

Susan Reynolds is a Martha Steward in training. She's a bit of what most would call overly assertive, a bit of a perfectionist, an...more
Tammi
I have been a fan of Amish Fiction ever since I read the Annie’s People series by Beverly Lewis. So when I first saw this book as a pre-order in a fiction book catalog I put it on my wish list. Recently Bethany House sent out their monthly e-mail of available books to review, and Almost Amish by Kathryn Cushman was one of the ones that were offered, I chose it and waited for it to arrive in my mailbox. It was worth the wait, because I was hooked from the first page to the last.

Julie Charlton is...more
Casey
The minute I read the back cover copy of this novel I loved it. A modern family enters a reality television show to become “almost Amish.”. Love that premise and the novel pretty much followed what I expected, in both story and quality.

I loved Julie’s heart. She is a woman every house wife in America can relate to. I immediately sympathized with her situation and hopeless driftlessness in it all. The only thing I wish was that the dynamic between her and her husband had been brought into the st...more
Ibjoy1953
This is a very different book about the Amish, since it is Almost Amish. Susan is perfect. Well almost. Everything she does has to be perfect. She even makes sure her seventeen year old daughter is perfect in everything she does. That is the way life is suppose to be, right? And Julie is the opposite. She is struggling with just what her position in life should be. She can’t find a thing she is really good at.

Then the opportunity comes to be on the reality show, Almost Amish. This is Susan’s one...more
Joyce
This novel contrasts 2 women, very different in personalities, abilities and talents. Julie, a full-time homemaker and mother of Whitney and Brian, feels overwhelmed by all the demands placed on her. She also feels like she has no special talents or gifts---basically a mediocre person in every way. She starts out at the beginning of the book feeling like she hates her life. Her sister-in-law, Susan, also a homemaker but striving to get established in a business for herself, always seems perfectl...more
Pat
Excellent!! Julie and Susan are sister in laws and as different as can be. Susan wants to gain fame that she hopes to cash in on by being on a reality TV show--Almost Amish. Julie is just looking for a simpler and slower lifestyle. They both learn alot about themselves and what their God given talents are.
Susan
I loved this book. Not only were the main characters wonderful, but the secondary characters were delightful as well. Great book for all of us wanting a simpler, more fulfilling life. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
Shari Larsen
Julie Charlton is a stay at home mom at the breaking point, and her kids are too. When her sister-in-law Susan, a "Martha Stewart" wannabe, lands a chance to participate in a reality TV series promoting living simple, like the Amish, and needs another family to join her, it seems like a perfect opportunity to Julie.

The location is a farm outside an Amish community in Tennessee. Julie, with her two children, joins Susan and her teenage daughter for a summer adventure. Susan is wound up tight and...more
Desiree reilly
This story is a great read and you will in joy it til the end.The main peopele who are in the story are realted to each other,Susan and Julia,Whitney,Brian,Angie they are thrown toghter in a house out in the country of Tenn The story strt off like this Susan is good cook has someone come in and help clean and then she has the kid who do sports and busy all the time does the family relax not really.

Then you got Julie who has divorced her hubby and they have tennagae girl.So Susan come up with ide...more
Kate Johnston
Almost Amish, by Kathryn Cushman, is a story about two families who are offered a chance to give up life as they know it to live “almost Amish” for a reality TV show.
Dual protagonists, Julie and Susan, are also sisters-in-law. Their reasons for participating in the show clash, creating conflict between them as well as within themselves.
Julie, an overscheduled mother of two, feels unfulfilled in her life. She is desperate to live simply, to slow down, spend more time with her family, all the whil...more
Janet
Really enjoyed this book. I love Amish fiction and this was a different spin in it.

As part of a TV series a family goes Amish for the summer. They learn what it is like without electricity, a oven, and the on goings of life on a Amish farm - canning, chickens. Now I don't want to give it away but there was a point that was a stretch for me but maybe it is just me and I don't stretch that way.
A book I would suggest to all.

Goodreads writes:

Julie Charlton is at the breaking point. She's overwhelme...more
Caitlyn Santi
This book left me speechless! I could not come up with any words to describe how much I loved it, I will try to now but I can't make any promises! I truly felt when the characters were on the farm that I was reading a chronicle of my own life! I loved Angie, she is so much like me it's scary! I grew up watching and loving the PBS show Frontier House and this book is very similar to that show. I knew when I read the summary of this book that I would love it and I am pleased to report that I loved...more
Renn Shearin
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. J...more
Brenda
I really liked this book. I liked the lessons learned by the sisters in this book as they learn to live like the Amish! I don't have a lot of detail left in my head as I've read a lot of books since I last started recording my reading here I've been up north without computer dial up. The book was entertaining.....

Here on Good Reads: "Cushman crafts strong characters that are
easy to connect with.""--Romantic Times
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Julie Charlton is at the breaking point. She's overwhelmed and burned out, and in t...more
Kaylea
Sometimes life is like a fast moving merry go round (or at least tea cup ride).

It seems like it is spinning out of control as we rush from one activity to another.

For some women - especially Julie, a busy wife and mom of two teenagers - life can seem overwhelming.

Enter a proposition by Julie's sister-in-law, Susan. She wants to appear on a reality show that follows an "ordinary" modern family as they leave behind modern conveniences and instead, become 'almost Amish.'

The only catch, Susan and h...more
Sarah
If you’re like me you’re getting tired of the same ‘ol same ‘ol in regards to the plots involving typical Amish fiction – this is such a breath of fresh air, while it does involve Amish to some extent they aren’t the entire focus. I’d welcome the change to get to live for 3 months in Amish country and try to live ‘simply’, but as we all find out at one point being Amish isn’t simple – it’s hard work. Enter in sister-in-laws who agree to become a part of a reality show on how to live more simply...more
Nicole DeVries
Overall I enjoyed the book. Interesting, funny, thought provoking. But it was confusing reading sometimes as Julie as the focus character and other times Susan as the focus character. I personally think the story would have been stronger with just one of them as the focus (the first half of the book, I thought Julie should be the focus, but then Susan began developing as a character and the last part I thought it should be her. So, the story would need a bit of reworking, but it would be smother...more
Kristina Franken
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Carrie Padgett
Kathryn Cushman's books are always about two sides of an issue. She writes characters who are passionate about their positions and she writes each so well that it’s impossible not to see their side. Whether it’s vaccinations, doing the right thing in a difficult situation, or making little compromises, the characters are real people grappling with real decisions that have real consequences.

Almost Amish is her best book so far.

Susan is a Type A perfectionistic Martha Stewart wannabe. Her sister-i...more
Paula-O
Almost Amish by Kathryn Cushman

I have never watched the reality shows on TV but have read many amish stories and this book must have been quite a task for Kathryn as she wrote these pages.

Julie is a busy as a bee type young woman with a husband and two children and she is constantly busy making sure everything gets done. She feels overwhelmed and when the chance comes to help her sister-in-law with a project that involves living the "simple life" for the summer she grabs it thinking she needs th...more
Andrea
Susan is a Martha Stewart in-training. She is classic Type A personality and a helicopter parent. Her husband recently left her and she is trying to figure out her life. She is given a chance to be on a reality TV series in which a family tries to live like the Amish. This would bode well for her career, so she agrees to do it.

She needs another family, so she asks her brother's wife Julie to join her with their two kids. Julie is a stay-at-home mom who is completely dissatisfied with her life....more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Have you heard the old saying, "I meet myself coming and going"? Well this is the life of Julie Charlton dedicated and exhausted wife and mother. She realizes her family needs to slow down but just can't seem to figure out how.

Until...! Her sister-in-law Susan is offered a Reality T.V. series called Almost Amish and she wants Julie and her two kids to be part of the reality show with her and her daughter. This seems like the answer to all Julie's problems and for opportunity for her family to sl...more
Wanda
What happens when you take two women—one a perfectionist, workaholic mother and career woman; and the other an overwhelmed, burned-out wife and mother—and place them and their teenaged children in an “almost Amish” setting for the summer? Both women accept this reality TV challenge for different reasons. Susan hopes it will be the start of a television career for her with her very own cooking show, and she convinces her friend and sister-in-law Julie to come along and help her out. Julie hopes t...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Every so often I come across a book that has such a unique concept underlying the plot that I simply can't wait to read it. Almost Amish is such a book, as I absolutely love the idea of a reality TV series about living like the Amish, a plot I found myself imagining myself living within numerous times throughout the story. I found myself thinking about how I would respond if I had to suddenly learn to cook on a wood stove or wash clothes without electricity. Would I retain a spirit of gratitude...more
Cheri Swalwell
I read a terrific book over the weekend, Almost Amish, by Kathryn Cushman. This book was delightfully unique in that it has appeal both for people who like contemporary women’s fiction as well as traditional Amish fiction. The main story involves two modern families; however, they are placed in an “almost Amish” setting through the filming of a reality TV show. I could totally see myself living in the situation they found themselves in and loving it. Kathryn paints such vivid pictures that I cou...more
Judy
Almost Amish - Plain Living!

I must be honest and say I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book when I first started it. I’m not a fan of reality shows on T.V. and wondered what the author was thinking when she was writing this book.

I was wrong. This book has a lot to offer.

Julie Charlton, her daughter Whitney, son Brian, agree to do a reality show about plain living with Susan Reynolds, Julie’s sister-in-law and Susan’s daughter Angie. Julie is doing this to help advance Susan’s T.V. career....more
Wendy
Susan Reynolds, divorced and mother of 17 year old Angie wants to sign on to do a three month 'experiment' living the 'simple life'. She asks her sister-in-law Julie Charlton to leave her husband in California and take 16 year old Whitney and 13 year old Brian to the midwest with her. The sisters-in-law get along well but were raised in two completely different worlds, doing this for Susan will mean five people living in one farm house without modern conveniences.

Julie is tired of her life, she...more
Kristin
This book was just what I needed to remind myself to slow down and focus on the good things in each day!

Almost Amish by Kathryn Cushman is a great read that reinforces the beauty of slowing down in order to really appreciate what is most important in life. Julie, a stay-at-home mom who is harried by the daily demands of raising her children, maintaining her household, cooking healthy dinners, and all that life brings. When her sister-in-law, Susan, a domestic goddess, gets the opportunity to par...more
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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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