Thursday, August 16, 2012

Book Review: Almost Amish by Katheryn Cushman

Susan and her sister-in-law, Julie, get an opportunity to step away from their normal lives and live "almost" Amish for a summer. Julie embraces the lifestyle and takes full advantage of the challenge, whereas Susan simply finds a way to transfer her perfectionism and ridiculous standards onto the Amish way of life. I can't tell if it's a mark of really great writing if you loathe a character as much as I did Susan or not. I loved the premise and story of Almost Amish, but Susan really ruined my enjoyment of the story. At every page turn, there was yet another example of her squandering away the chance to slow down and appreciate a more earthly version of hard work. I'm torn on whether this is a must-read or not. Loved the story, but I feel like it was ruined by the villain. Tough call. 

Bethany House Publishers provided me a copy of this book to review, but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations and thoughts while reading this novel.

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