Friday, November 9, 2012
by Kathryn Cushman
From the back cover:
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.
When I first heard about this book, I was really interested in reading it. I have wondered at times what it would be like to live the Amish life and was curious to see how the author would portray a family doing just that. The book started out fairly interesting. I really was interested in Julie's story and how she was going to deal with Susan, her controlling sister-in-law. Then the further I got, the more drawn out the story seemed. By the time I was halfway through the book, I was ready for the story to be finished. While it wasn't an awful book, it just didn't keep my attention. I have to give this one 3 1/2 stars.
About 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, CA. She enjoys hearing from readers at kathryncushman.com and on Facebook.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."