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Almost Amish by Kathryn Cushman
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Aug 27, 2012

really liked it
Read from August 22 to 26, 2012 — I own a copy

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 feels the pressure to succeed in order to become self sufficient after an ugly divorce, and Julie wants to slow down and remember what the priorities in life are, and find a purpose for her life. But "living simple" isn't as simple as they thought it would be, with the cameras watching every move, Susan's drive for perfection feels too much like the life they left behind, and Julie finds herself standing up for the need to slow down. With each new challenge, "living Amish" keeps getting more complicated.

This was an enjoyable, quick read, and the story also makes you stop and think what things are important in life. I think this book would make a great TV movie; I can totally picture Diane Lane as Julie and Marcia Cross as Susan.

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