Almost Amish ~ Book Review
Almost Amish, by Kathryn Cushman, is the story of two women, Susan and Julie, their children (three young teenagers) and the adventure they decide to share for one summer. Susan is a recently divorced woman with one daughter (Angie), and her sister-in-law, Julie, is married to Susan’s brother. Julie and Thomas have two children, Whitney and Brian. Susan is a very disciplined, hard-nosed, ambitious woman who has some successes in writing cookbooks and doing demonstrations on live TV, namely, on the program starring Lisa Lee, talk-show host.
Lisa wants to do a summer segment with a “typical” American family living near an Amish community and attempting to emulate the way the Amish people live. It is a challenge to most American families, but Susan persuades Julie and her children to join her in the venture. She feels it is her way to set herself up for many more opportunities in the future and thus, be able to keep her daughter in the best schools and maintain her life-style without having to depend on someone else.
The two women and three teenagers arrive at their appointed new home, which does little to meet their expectations in any way. But because of their commitment to the program, they set about to make the very best of it. They begin by cleaning the house meticulously (Susan is much, MUCH more particular about this than Julie), planting a garden in the space they have prepared, caring for the animals that come with the farm, and learning to cook and do laundry on primitive equipment. This becomes a huge challenge and one that leads to many conflicts and personality flare-ups. Amongst all this they are introduced to several interesting people who can make their lives miserable or become a special blessing. The children are extremely reluctant at times, but at other times, overcome their fears and learn to accept what they are doing for this short period of time.
This is a story about changing lives, changing attitudes, learning about forgiveness in a real way, and blessing others by their actions. At times the story is somewhat unbelievable, but at others, it sets a tone to be greatly admired and gives the reader much to think about. There are both tears and laughter throughout the book, but some very serious occasions occur which lead to extremely teachable moments for all the characters. A good read.
Here's an excerpt of "Almost Amish":
Hi! I'm Julieanne!