ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
Susan's career depends on the success of the reality tv show, "Almost Amish". She is the perfect homemaker...cook...baker...you name it! She talks her sister in law, Julie, into being a part of the series, after all, it will only be for the summer. Julie agrees though her two children aren't happy about it. They leave California and arrive in Tennessee, their destination a small run down farmhouse. Their assignment... live like the Amish do...with a few exceptions.
Their personalities are as different as night and day. Susan is a perfectionist, always on schedule. Julie is anything but perfect. With two families in the same house there are plenty of conflicts.
An enjoyable read, the characters are fun. Though not Amish fiction, it's a well-written novel that encourages readers to slow down, enjoy your life, and spend time with family. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher through CFBA in exchange for my honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.