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 her daughter, can't do it alone. So Julie and her children become part of the social experiment (also known as a reality TV show), and move to the Amish country in Tennessee for the summer.
The family - everyone from the teens to Julie and Susan - get more than they bargain for, as they learn to let go of the things that weigh them down, and instead focus on the things that truly matter to them, family, faith and friends.
This novel is different - in a good way. Kathryn Cushman has created a novel that is truly unique - yet pulls from the two "hot topics" in today's culture - the Amish and Reality TV.
I'll admit I was wary about this novel. I accepted the chance to read it on a whim. It's the first book that I've read by the author.
I'll be honest, I read the entire book on the day I got it.
It was an easy read, but engaged my brain (which is quite an accomplishment since I'm still a wee bit tired from my recent, massive VBS program.)
I found myself rooting for both sisters, hoping Julie would find her backbone and Susan would put aside her inner "Martha" and learn from what Jesus said about "Mary" and rest.
I also loved how EVERY major character in the family - including Julie's husband, who stays home in LA for the summer - learns something that changes their life in a good way.
Ultimately, this was a good introduction to a "new to me" author. On the scale of one to five, I give it a solid three.
If you like the Amish genre, or if you are a fan of reality TV, this novel will give you something to enjoy.
About The Author
Kathryn 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. Visit her Web site at www.kathryncushman.com
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About The Publisher
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has been publishing high quality books for 50 years. Recognized as the pioneer and leader in Christian fiction, Bethany House publishes nearly 120 titles annually in subjects including historical and contemporary fiction, Christian living, family, health, devotional, children's, classics, and theology. Bethany House titles are often found on the Christian bestseller lists. For more information visit: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/
Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.